[caption id="attachment_2536132" align="alignnone" width="759"] Executives from car delivery company Revv use a foldable electric scooter that fits in the boot of the car to go back to their centres[/caption] Gradually, the rent-a-car concept is picking up in India. While we might be years away from seeing the kind of queues you see outside the Hertz counter in the US, there are people who prefer to drive their own car instead of getting a chaufer.
Now India is seeing some innovation in the space. One of the pain points of the service is the fact that you have to go to the counter to drive out with the car. Now, self drive car rental company Revv India has come up with a unique solution.Car delivery executives from the company use a foldable electric scooter that fits in the boot of the car to go back to their centres once the car is delivered to the customer's location. This cost-effective solution is also environment-friendly.
"While common in sectors such as food and groceries, doorstep delivery was a novel concept in self-drive car rentals when we started thinking about it. The question that we always used to ask ourselves was 'why is it so that no one has ever done it in the world, what makes it so tough?'. One answer to that question was the challenge of getting the delivery executive back to our hub, after he has handed over the car to the customer," said Anupam Agarwal, Co-founder & CEO, Revv India.
Anupam Agarwal added that public transport does not work in all situations and the challenge was critical. "We got thinking and came up with several whacky ideas - cycles mounted on cars, a large truck that carries the cars in it, etc. But foldable electric scooters seemed the most realistic, and that was the genesis."
Revv typically deliver cars within 15 Kms radius of their hubs, and the scooter suffices for that. "As of now, we are not allowing the use of these scooters after dark, because of safety concerns. We are building the next prototype with much-improved headlights, lighter aluminium body etc., after which it will be usable 24 hours," says Karan Jain, Co-Founder & COO, Revv.
Interestingly, Revv is building the bikes in partnership with an Indian firm, which imports the parts from China and assembles the scooter locally. "We are also working closely with them to design the next prototype, using several design-to-value methodologies that used to be part of our automotive client work at McKinsey," he says. Don't be surprised if the foldable electric bike becomes available to customers in India as an off the shelf solution.