Zbee India is looking to bring clean mobility to urban areas, through operation clusters of electric vehicle fleets across India.
Awards and Accolades
Zbee received the “Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Award” in October 2014. Presented by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Government of India.
The prize was awarded during the 4th Annual Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, organized by Sustainability Outlook, New Delhi.
Motivation: “Clean Motion has developed an innovative electric three wheeler, called Zbee. That helps enable Consumer Engagement towards Sustainable mobility.”
Zbee India is a premium feeder for first & last mile services. offering connections between fixed points like Metro stations, malls, colleges, hospitals, commercial landmarks, office hubs and other key congregation points.
Passengers will be charged a fixed amount for a clean, safe, convenient shuttle operated by well trained company managed drivers and supervisors. The service will be supported by major advertisers and format partners like DLF malls, etc.
Zbee has now entered into an arrangement with DLF(India’s largest publicly listed real estate company, with residential, commercial, and retail properties in 15 states and 24 cities) to operate Zbee’s from various retail locations in Delhi-NCR.
Zbee India will expand to more locations in future to contribute to the electrification of India.
Zbee India operate through Clean Motion’s franchise partnership agreement and is provided with maintenance support, as well as the set-up and facilitation of the operations from Clean Motion.
As part of the agreement, franchise partners are responsible for recruiting drivers, managing the day to day operation and ensure safe and satisfying services for passengers.
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The first cluster in India was launched in February 10, 2016 and is still operating from the DLF Cyber Hub to nearby offices and Metro stations.
Operation clusters are equipped with a parking and charging infrastructure like charging & swappable battery stations for around 25-50 Zbee’s per cluster.
Manufacturing in India
Zbee is currently assembled in India at Faridabad, with daily production capacity of 10 vehicles. Currently, the vehicles are imported from Sweden in CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits.
Zbee Clusters are to be introduced in additional cities across India, as well as expanding the service areas in Delhi- NCR.
Some of the upcoming clusters are:
|New Delhi, Delhi||In Process|
|Noida, Uttar Pradesh||Under Planning|
|Jaipur, Rajasthan||Under Planning|
|Bangalore, Karnataka||Under Planning|
|Hyderabad, Telangana||Under Planning|
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Zbee is designed to meet the needs of first and last mile connectivity in most Indian cities. According to RITES Traffic surveys in Delhi-NCR, 72% of residents, who are not using Public Transport currently, are willing to shift if quality feeder system is available.
According to a World Health Organization Report, India is facing an acute Air Pollution issue. Delhi is the worst among 1,600 cities around the word. The report further highlighted that 19 of the 20 most polluted cities are from South Asia, and 13 Indian cities are the world’s 20 most polluted. As an energy efficient electric vehicle, Zbee promises to significantly improve the environment both locally and globally, through energy efficiency and zero emissions.
Smart Cities in India
A ‘smart city’ is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents. There are many technological platforms involved, including but not limited to automated sensor networks and data centers.
Government of India has released a list of 20 smart cities out of the 98 shortlisted for the “Smart Cities Mission”. This marks a first step towards India redeveloping their urban areas, to reduce both congestion and emissions.
These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kick-starting the process of developing them into ‘smart cities’. “Pedestrianization” and Non-Motorized Transport are integral parts in India’s proposed Smart Cities Programmes.
Zbee can play a crucial role in all smart cities by providing a Clean and Emission-Free feeder network to promote sustainable public transport in these cities.
It is proposed to introduce Zbee in all these cities in the next 1-2 years.