Indian government approves new quadricycle category, available in LPG version

The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has given green signal to the Qute quadricycle, a new quadricycle vehicle category developed by Bajaj Auto. The vehicle will be available in several powertrain options, including Autogas.

Pune-based automaker had first showcased the quadricycle in 2012. A few months after the unveiling, the company had applied to MoRTH for the creation of a new quadricycle category. On 5 June 2018, the government approved the new category, allowing the company to start selling the Qute in the domestic market. Before this approval, Bajaj Auto had already exported a total of 3,671 Qutes overseas.

MoRTH has issued a notification on the standards for quadricycles, like weight, emission and safety worthiness. A vehicle will be classified as a quadricycle if its weight is less than 475kg, if it passes the new safety and crash tests, and if clears emission tests that have been created for various powertrains including petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG, hybrid and electric.

Rakesh Sharma, president – International Business, Bajaj Auto, said the Qute will come with different powertrain options of petrol, LPG, CNG and electric. It is estimated the vehicle will cost around Rs 150,000 when launched in India. If you want to know more, please visit this link.

20 June 2018