According to Quadricycle notification, the maximum weight of production quadricycle must be 475 kg and the vehicle must go through crash test to be on the road
Bajaj Auto introduced Qute quadricycle at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. Since then the company has been working hard to get the quadricycle on road but various legal cases and fights lead that the model was delayed considerably. One of the major hurdles for quadricycle was over its safety and emission standards. Bajaj was constantly pushing the government to get this model on public roads.
The Indian government has finally approved quadricycles as a new vehicle category. The road transport and highways ministry issued the final notification for the quadricycles which include its weight, safety and emission standards. The draft for the quadricycle was finished in February itself but the government took some time to evaluate it.
According to the notification, the maximum weight of production quadricycle must be 475 kg and the vehicle must go through crash test to be on the road. One of the reasons for the delay of announcement of new notification is that the government want to ensure that safety standards for quadricycle are more stringent than the European standards.
The government has also approved hybrid and electric quadricycles along with regular fuel. Bajaj Qute will be the first quadricycle in India and the company is expected to launch the new model in 4-6 months time. The company will wait for homologation certificate from Automotive Research Association of India before introducing Qute in India.
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The Indian manufacturer has made changes for the Qute as they have to meet the new safety standards. Bajaj will introduce Qute as a commercial vehicle and the company claims that it will be a much safer option to the three wheelers which is a bread and butter model for the company in India.
Rakesh Sharma, president – International Business of Bajaj Auto said that the demand for last-mile transport in India has far outstripped supply and Qute is well positioned to bridge the gap. We are expecting Bajaj to price Qute around Rs. 1.25 lakh and it doesn’t have a direct rival in India right now.