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Bajaj Qute is a practical solution for Intracity commute

 

India is at a threshold where growth across sectors and cities is the need of the hour. With smart cities being a focus area, smart transportation becomes an equally important requirement.

In trying to establish smart cities and carry out modernization of cities, commuters are constantly facing traffic congestion, slow traffic movement due to ongoing roadwork, longer travel time, and overdesigned and oversized vehicles on roads leading to unsafe roads.

Bajaj Auto has been a pioneering force in the Indian three-wheeler market, and took their expertise to the four-wheeler market when they first showed the RE60 quadricycle at the 2012 Auto Expo. Last year, the quadricycle was named Qute, and sales began overseas.

Bajaj presents Qute quadricycle as a last mile transport medium in India. The innovative little 4-wheeler does what the widely used mode of public transport today, taxis cannot do. As urbanisation increases, the need for safe last mile connectivity grows at the same pace.

Bajaj Qute is not only much safer for passengers, but is also more efficient. It’s state of the art advanced lightweight structure in addition with world-class DTSi engine allows the Qute to deliver high fuel efficiency and emit low carbon emissions into the environment.

We all know how bad the taxis pollute. They are not only unsafe, but also inefficient and cause congestion. On the other hand Bajaj Qute comes with all the features of a taxi, like doors, seat-belts, sensible design which is versatile to carry passengers as well as luggage. It is powered by a water-cooled DTSi, 4-valve engine, which returns 36 kmpl, and records 37 percent lower carbon emission than the smallest car. Thus it pollutes less, is safe for all, has much smaller footprint and consumes lesser fuel.

Bajaj Auto views Qute as an innovative and much needed public transport system to deal with real time problems in Indian cities.

Despite it being offered as an immediate solution, Bajaj Auto has run into troubled waters in India. Qute is being sold overseas, but objections have been raised regarding road safety. Bajaj Qute has been called an unsafe vehicle that shouldn’t be on Indian roads.

The argument continues across courts in different Indian cities. The argument for safety isn’t one to be sidelined but in reality, Qute has proven itself to be perfectly safe not only for the driver and the occupants but also for the people and other vehicles on road. A top speed of 70 kmph and a lightweight body ensures Qute has extremely capable braking abilities to avoid collision, and it also ensures that in the unfortunate case of a collision, the damage to people outside is minimal, owing to small momentum.

Bajaj Auto’s objective to introduce Qute on Indian roads is to offer a solution for congestion, pollution and unsafe roads. Qute will benefit city traffic, and eases public commute hassles. The new vehicle creates an all-new segment in the Indian auto industry in the form of a safer and less polluting alternative to traditional taxis for practical intracity commute. The compact and lightweight vehicle is easy to manoeuvre in congested roads.

As India attempts to move to greener and cleaner transport, Bajaj Qute is presented as the least polluting four-wheeler with less than 66 gm/km of carbon emission. Qute stands on a promise of safety, emission (green), Made in India (innovation) and design benefits (congestion).

In any instance, collision damage depends on vehicle weight, and its velocity. Vehicle momentum (Mo = ma x ve) determines collision intensity. Heavier vehicles at a high speed at the time of collision result in greater collision impact, thereby resulting in more damage.

Qute weight stands at less than 450 kgs, which makes it 37 percent lighter than the smallest car. Top speed is pegged at 70 kmph. Both parameters make Bajaj Qute ideal for city driving as it’s easy to bring the vehicle to a halt in order to prevent a potential collision. In case of a collision, damage is likely to be minimal because of smaller momentum.

Bajaj Qute has met standard safety test requirements when testing and is capable of dealing with urban traffic challenges without sacrificing passenger safety. Qute design safety ensures minimum damage caused to property, pedestrians and other commuters.

With city traffic becoming more chaotic each day, the need of the hour is to promote and encourage the use of public transport. Despite an imminent need, a large number road user refrains from using public transport. This could be attributed to insufficient public transport mediums. Furthermore, many cities don’t have organised public transport systems, and so road users are hesitant to depend on them.

Commuters look down on public transport as a travel option, and would much rather use their own vehicle finding it way more convenient even where abundant public transport options are on offer, the problems faced are many. Some options are quite simply uncomfortable to endure each day, while others are unsafe and add to pollution. Transport options are also known to be dirty and untimely, and some are expensive when it comes to daily commute. The Bajaj Qute is an affordable public transport mode that behaves like a 4-wheeler and aspires to be a non-polluting, safe, and comfortable, while being economical as a three-wheeler.

In order to share awareness about new Bajaj Qute, the company has created a new website called www.freethequte.in. Here they hope to garner as much support as possible from the citizens of India, and overturn the government decision.

To voice your opinion on this matter, visit: http://www.freethequte.in/

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Nabanita Singha Roy

Nabanita Singha Roy

Love for a red car has with experience transformed to a detailed outlook for around the clock news from Nabanita Singha Roy. Starting out as auto blogger in 2009, her inextricable editorial approach guarantees diverse storylines for a widely enthusiastic automotive readership.

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