Indonesia – Locally made Clean Motion Zbee electric 3-wheeler eyes to replace Bajaj rickshaw

Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 - 3:10pm IST

Back in May, we brought you the news that Swedish electric vehicle maker Clean Motion was looking to enter the Indonesian market with its Zbee electric three wheeler.

Clean Motion Zbee electric three wheeler
The Swedish Clean Motion Zbee looks to dethrone the Bajaj rickshaw in Indonesia.

The urban runabout targets to replace the numerous Bajaj auto rickshaws that ply on the roads of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The Zbee was showcased in the country yesterday at the Ritech Technology Expo-18 in Jakarta. Indonesian President Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono unveiled the EV.

The three wheeler is powered by a 4 KW electric motor that consumes 40 Wh of electricity per km. On a full charge the Zbee can travel up to 50km. The three seater weighs a mere 230kg and has a top speed of 45kph and is suitable for short distance urban transportation.

Clean Motion Zbee Indonesia
Indonesian president Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono unveiled the EV in the country.

In order to arrive at a competitive pricing, Clean Motion has established a local manufacturing partnership with PT Lundin Industry. The production of the first 100 units is expected to commence in the second week of September. The estimated price stands at 80 million Indonesian rupiah (around Rs. 4.88 lakhs)

Just like the Bajaj rickshaw, the Clean Motion Zbee can be maneuvered with the help of a handlebar. Apart from Indonesia, Clean Motion is also looking to enter other Asian markets as well.


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6 thoughts on “Indonesia – Locally made Clean Motion Zbee electric 3-wheeler eyes to replace Bajaj rickshaw

  1. Luc says:

    If you look at Bajaj’s website Dr. Nayak, you will see they even offer LPG and natural gas solutions. As well as hybrids.

  2. Luc says:

    Nice to have electric vehicles endorsed by politicians and have those polluting things replaced.

    However, I really wonder if there was ever a public tender to replace the current Bajajs? Or is this one of those (Indonesian) examples again of making deals ‘under the table’?

    How can a small Swedish company get approval for such a huge project, even if they offer incentives for the local industry (i.e. Production)? I can also imagine companies like the Indian Bajaj will not be happy since they also do offer more environmental friendly solutions.

  3. Ganesh says:

    IAB: What is the cost of Bajaj tut in Indonesia. A comparison to that price will be helpful here.

  4. Dr. Nayak says:

    Bajaj auto rickshaw has been an embarrassment to the Indian technological achievement. For the past 40 years, there have been little or no design changes to this highly polluting ugly duckling. Even the iconic HML people thought they need to replace and modernize their cars in terms of appearance, and are working on a modern Ambassador replacement! The day Bajaj auto rickshaw is banished from the Indian auto scenario is a day that we all can say “thank god we can move forward”

    1. Rahul says:

      Why to fix, if it’s not broken ????!!!!

      1. Dr. Nayak says:

        Can Bajaj R&D at least copy the design and put 200 CC digital (twin, triple, quad —-?) spark engine and claim a new development in this arena? Sure their claim will be Li ion battery is tooooo expensive for the auto driver/owner and we have so to speak “no running electricity” in india !!!

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Nithyanandh K

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!