The Indian government has issued a draft notification to classify the quadricycle as a commercial vehicle under the Central Motor Vehicles Regulations (CMVR) and once this is approved, quadricycles will be officially eligible to ply on Indian roads. The notification will stipulate the standards to be followed by the vehicle here.
Accordingly, Bajaj Auto has said that it plans to introduce its RE60 quadricycle sometime towards the end of 2014.
To distinguish the quadricycle from passenger cars, there are weight and top speed restrictions on these vehicles. Also, these vehicles will only be allowed for the taxi and cargo segments and not as personal passenger vehicles.
The RE60 is ready for production and will be rolled out from Bajaj Auto's Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra, pending government sanction. The company also has plans to export the vehicle to some international markets.
The RE60 is powered by a 200cc, single cylinder, four-strokethat is good for an expected 18bhp and is likely to return a 30-35kpl fuel consumption figure.