Uber Technologies have taken the decision to launch miniature gas-powered cars called Bajaj Qute cars in Bengaluru as a more environment-friendly alternative in the face of extensive rush-hour traffic jams experienced by the city. Made by Bajaj Auto, the Qute is a part of UberXS service and can carry up to three passengers.
These chunky miniature cars have windows and fans but no air-conditioning and this reduces the passenger fare slightly from the standard Uber car service cost.
Uber stated that the Bajaj Qute is a lightweight vehicle with a small footprint available in petrol and CNG variants. Uber also claimed that the Qute offers greater fuel-efficiency as compared to three-wheeled auto rickshaws.
We want to be seen as part of framing a solution…Bengaluru is one of our more important and larger markets - Satinder Bindra stated, Director of Communications, India & South Asia, Uber
On Thursday Uber began using the Qute with 50 vehicles, and is said to have planned to increase the number of Qute to several hundreds in the next few months.
Uber has not yet revealed the price for their services using the Bajaj Qute.