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Bajaj Qute Electric has been spotted testing ahead of its debut at the 2020 Auto Expo in India. The spy pics from Rushlane Bajaj's electric quadricycle to feature a new name called 'QCar' and was spotted testing on the streets of Pune.
The spy pics also reveal the electric quadricycle to feature ‘Left-Hand Drive' and ‘EV' signs placed on the rear. This indicates the electric variant of the Qute will be made available in the international markets, first.
The Bajaj QCar electric quadricycle could borrow the EV technology and many components from the company's newly unveiled electric scooter called the Chetak. This includes the electric motor and battery pack as well.
The Bajaj standard Qute had a very tough start in India, majorly due to policy constraints and restriction of using a quadricycle in the country. However, the company introduced the Qute in international markets including Russia and Turkey, before it was launched to the Indian market.
The EV test mule of Bajaj Qute looks identical to the standard model and does not reveal any changes on the outside. It still features four doors and seats for four occupants. The alloy wheels seem to carry a similar design as well.
We expect Bajaj to launch the Qute electric quadricycle in India sometime next year, after the launch of Chetak EV in Jan 2020. Bajaj will be launching the Chetak electric scooter in a phase-wise manner across the country, we expect the company to do the same with the Qute EV as well.
The standard Qute is powered by a 216cc single-cylinder liquid cooled petrol engine producing 13bhp and 18.9Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a constant mesh five-speed gearbox. Bajaj is also offering the Qute with a factory-fitted CNG kit as well. Under the CNG mode the engine produces 10.8bhp and 16.1Nm of torque.
With the introduction of the electric powertrain option, the Bajaj Qute becomes a complete package to target a wider audience. The standard Qute is priced between Rs 2.5 to 2.8 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi). We expect the electric variant to be priced higher than the standard variant.
Thought About The Bajaj Qute Electric Spied
Bajaj will try to explore all possibilities in the EV space under the Urbanite brand. They re-entered the scooter market with an electric scooter and now they are looking at opportunities in the mass commuter segment as well. Now that we miss watching the first-gen Reva on Indian roads, the Bajaj Qute Qcar could bring back the trend. The country is making a huge shift from conventional to electric mobility, this has resulted in major auto manufacturer and startups to explore the EV space by offering at least one product from the company's line-up.