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Egypt seeks to replace Tuk-tuk with ‘Bajaj Qute’ taxi

The Helwan Machinery and Equipment Company in Egypt signed an agreement on Monday with the ITAMCO Company to manufacture a light auto-taxi to replace the Tuk-tuk.

The media advisor to the Minister of State for Military Production and the ministry’s official spokesperson, Muhammad Eid Bakr, explained that under this agreement, the two sides will cooperate to manufacture the vehicle which operates with a dual-engine dual system (gasoline/natural gas).

He explained that the Helwan Machinery and Equipment Company, affiliated with the Ministry of Military Production, will equip the production line required to manufacture the “Bajaj Qute” taxi and perform periodic maintenance and calibration of production equipment and tools.

Bakr added that the Helwan Machinery and Equipment Company is one of the largest companies working in the field of manufacturing and assembling vehicles of all kinds.

It includes production lines that operate according to the latest global manufacturing technologies, he added.

The military production spokesperson said that the cooperation with ITAMCO follows from directives by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to implement an unprecedented plan to expand support for the private sector in various industrial sectors.

It also seeks to increase the use of natural gas as fuel for cars and deepen the localization of various industries.

The Bajaj Qute auto-taxi can accommodate four people and is suitable for working in tight spaces and can travel a distance of up to (550) km without refilling (250 km of gasoline and 300 km of natural gas).

The vehicle is based on a four-stroke, dual-ignition engine with a capacity of 217 CC, and the engine capacity is the equivalent of 13 horsepower, and the maximum speed of the Qute vehicle reaches 70 km/h.

Its length is 2,752 mm, width 1,312 mm, height 1,652 mm, wheelbase 1,925 mm, and ground clearance 180 mm.

It is characterized by low operating costs and higher rates of safety due to seat belts for passengers and door locks to protect children.

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