Self-drive car company, Zoomcar, on Thursday said it has launched PEDL in Mumbai at India’s largest privately developed smart city, Palava, developed by Lodha Group. PEDL is the technology enabled cycle sharing service that has already been launched in Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
At present, PEDL cycles have been placed across 30 locations in Palava. PEDL has about 200 cycles in Palava and has been able to manage more than 2000 trips per days on an average in a very short duration. The partnership with PEDL works well with Palava’s pedestrian/bicycle friendly design where 80% of a resident’s daily trips can be met by walking/bicycling.
PEDL is expected to hit around 1000 cycles in next one month in different parts of Mumbai and at scale will be present every 50-100 meters in a city. It comes with an aim to provide individuals a convenient, affordable, and environmentally friendly cycle sharing service for short trips around the city.
PEDL is designed to complement Zoomcar’s existing car sharing business and Palava’s smart city infrastructure through serving an additional part of the personal transportation stack. Palava, planned to be among the top-50 most livable cities in the world has a particular focus on smart and sustainable design and has partnered with the likes of GE, IBM, Sun Edison, Philips and many others.
“Mumbai is our fifth city to launch PEDL followed by Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. With all amenities available at short distances, Palava City is an ideal place for PEDL. We also plan to build the cycling community in Palava through multiple events and partnerships with local businesses across Palava and surroundings to incentivize people to use cycles and make cycling popular. Over the next few months, we truly believe we can completely change the last mile commute within cities reducing the usage of bikes and cars for short trips and that would be a model for other modern cities coming up across India,” said Greg Moran, CEO and Co-founder, Zoomcar in a statement.
PEDL cycles come with various unique features including but not limited to custom designed aluminum alloy frames and drum brakes, anti-slip chains, airless solid tyres, and height adjustable seats. These cycles are designed to support 24 plus months of intensive use, built with smart locks which are easily unlocked using a QR Code. PEDL’s robust IoT stack is an extension of Zoomcar’s Cadabra IoT platform and includes real-time GPS tracking, solar battery charging, and built-in alarms.