Pune E-Bike Rental Scheme Faces Apathetic Indian Market

Customer response has been so poor that two of the three operators have withdrawn from the scheme.

Published: 02-Feb-2012

The “rent-a-bike” scheme started in the city last April has come to a cropper due to poor response from Puneites.

In fact it was so poor that two of the three operators have withdrawn from the scheme within months of its launching.
On April 29, State Transport commissioner Dilip Jadhav had inaugurated the country’s first “rent-an electric-two-wheeler” scheme in Kothurd. The scooter to be used for the scheme was an electric vehicle which was to run on a battery. The company had planned to set up the scheme at three locations in the city — Kothrud, Wanavdi and Chinchwad.

The company had introduced three models of the scooter for this scheme and the rent was to be calculated on the basis of per minute usage. A commuter going for a lowest model was supposed to pay one rupee per minute, while the second model was available at Rs1.25 per minute.

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