It is by far the sexiest and
the most hygienic three-wheeler ever seen in India. No, it’s not an ordinary
three-wheeler and nor is it an auto. They call it the “Zbee” (pronounced
zeebee) and it has been brought into India by Clean Motion, a Swedish company. The
Zbee is one of the most advanced electric commercial vehicles and it has been
formally launched in India.
The Zbee is
so advanced a three-wheeler that all its three seats come with 3 point seat
belts. The vehicle has been homologated through iCAT under L5 category for
electric vehicles and has undergone 18 different tests. The company has
received permission to ply anywhere in India but is starting its operation in
Unlike ordinary and unsafe
e-rickshaws that run in certain parts of Delhi, the Zbees will carry
registration numbers and be driven by licensed drivers. The vehicle contains a
slew of technologically advanced functions and will also have an android screen
for advertisements and updates.
As part of a cluster, 10 Zbees
were flagged off during the day from DLF CyberHub. The first cluster of 25 Zbees
would offer the last mile connectivity from DLF CyberHub to nearby offices (of
DLF Cyber City) and later on Metro stations.
The company plans to utilise these Zbees at DLF Saket, Noida and then
later move to Agra and Jaipur and finally to all the 20 smart cities and
Incredible India tourists spots where battered e-rickshaws are currently
plying, thereby ensuring that India gives its best impression to foreigners in
terms of hygienic and efficient transport systems. The vehicles will be
operated under a franchise model.
Zbee is already running
successfully across Europe and Indonesia, and India is now going to be an
important market for the new generation clean electric vehicle. Zbee, a smartly
designed and researched vehicle in Sweden, promises to be a safe, efficient and
eco-friendly transport solution for the very important Indian market, where
last mile connectivity is becoming an important concern. An energy efficient
electric vehicle, Zbee promises to significantly improve the environment both
locally and globally, through energy efficiency and zero emissions.
Zbee has entered into an
arrangement with DLF, to operate Zbees from various retail format in Delhi-NCR.
Said Goran Folkesson, Clean
Motion CEO, "We all know that fossil fuels run vehicles have contributed
significantly in adding the carbon footprint/ emissions in our environment, to
combat this at Clean Motion we started developing technology which is
"lean", "clean" and "safe" and can be a potential
alternative transport solution and this led to Zbee. We are delighted that
India is concerned and is now open to and is looking at alternative solutions,
and I am confident Zbee would soon become the preferred mode of transport for
Zbee is made up of
state-of-the-art FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) body, due to which the vehicle
manages to strike a perfect balance between lightness and safety. It comes with an advance Lithium battery and
a full charge allows it to be driven for upto 50 kms.
Clean Motion has so far
invested over US$ 1 million in India and would be pumping in US$ 10 million by
2017. Currently Zbee is being assembled
in India at Faridabad and the India team expects to bring down the production
cost significantly by 2017. Clean Motion
is also closely working with Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd
and other organisations for training and adding more women drivers for
Anil Arora, Country Head,
Clean Motion India, "I am proud and delighted to say that with Zbee, we
are addressing two key areas: one is ‘Make In India’, as increasingly we are
working on assembling the Zbee in India, which would help in lowering the
production cost and thus helping to increase the distribution and expansion and
simultaneously be a partner and contributor towards the Government's
"Smart City" plans. It's imperative that all of us, work on creating
and implementing solutions which are clean and environment friendly and Zbee
will be just doing that."
He further added, " We hope we can
closely work with 'FAME' - Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and
Electric vehicles in India' as part of the National Electric Mobility Mission
Plan , and explore the option of offering incentives on adoption of commercial
Anant Verma, Business Head,
DLF CyberHub “Not only are we excited to launch this eco-friendly, easy and
convenient shuttle service by Zbee at DLF CyberHub, we are extremely proud that
we are the first in NCR to take this road less travelled. We hope that it provides
convenience and ease to people across DLF Cyber City. Along with the Rapid
Metro, now reaching CyberHub from virtually anywhere is an experience in
Awards for Zbee:
- In late 2013, Zbee received
two prestigious The WWF Climate Solver and Zennsström Green Mentorship Award.
- Won the Indian Parivartan
Sustainability Award In October 2014.
Some key facts of Zbee:
- Zbee can reach a full charge
in less than an hour. (Using rapid charging).
- Three Zbees can fit into a single parking
- Zbee is extremely energy efficient.
It creates no noise or local pollution.
- Its operating cost is 30% of
the cost of a fossil fuel vehicle.
- To comfortably accommodate 2
- Weighs 270 Kgs / and maximum
speed of 45k/ hr.
- Zbee is weather protected,
seats three people with ease and features a protected luggage compartment. The
parking brake has a lock and protects the vehicle from theft.
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