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Promto launches first electric bike-taxi service in Delhi

Delhi-based company Promto has launched the city's first ever eco-friendly two-wheeler electric bike-taxi service in the national capital to address the gap of last mile connectivity for local commuters.

In the first phase, Promto has deployed a fleet of 20 battery operated bikes, which will be available from Connaught Place to give rides within a radius of five km with a minimal charge of Rs. 5 per km.

The ambitious team of four at Promto - Nikhil Malik, Karan Chadha, Pawneesh Rampal and Romesh Kumar - decided to roll out a greener way of tackling Delhi's ongoing war against air pollution through battery operated bikes equipped with in-built GPS systems, verified and well-mannered drivers as and when required.

Commenting on the launch, Nikhil Malik, promoter of Promto said: "As the capital is heading towards its second phase of odd-even rule among numerous other initiatives  of tackling pollution, we have come up with our eco-friendly take of curbing pollution."

Promto will help single office goers, students and general commuters experience the advantages of switching over to zero polluting electric mobility and reach last mile destinations from a public point such as metro stations or a busy bus terminal.

“To ensure safety measures, we have in place a comprehensive insurance policy worth up to Rs. one lakh for drivers as well as the passenger for the duration of the bike ride," he added.

Meanwhile, all drivers at Promto go through stringent background verification and training on aspects of safety and efficiency. Taking care of hygiene concerns, commuters will be provided with disposable hair nets to use underneath the helmets provided by them.

Promto is looking at expanding it to 500 battery-operated bikes in another six months and 10,000 electric bikes in the next three years.

In the first few hours of the launch, the company’s call centre saw a number of queries from office goers, students and tourists, and saw a booking of 107 orders till 12:28 PM on the launch day itself.