Hero Electric, Pathkind Diagnostics launch Covid-19 testing program

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 10 Jul 2020


Sanjeev Vashishta, MD & CEO, Pathkind Diagnostics with the customised Hero Electric scooters.

Hero Electric has announced its 'Be Safe – Keep Safe' program in collaboration with Pathkind Diagnostics, a healthcare and diagnostics company. Under the initiative Pathkind Diagnostics will use Hero Electric's scooters to provide end-to-end, safe and fully sanitised sample collection process across the country.

Collection of Covid-19 test samples from far-flung areas is a stressful job and very costly, Hero Electric says its scooters provide a perfect solution for a ‘home to home’ commute at a fraction of a cost of a public transport or even a petrol bike. These custom Hero Electric scooters will come with a cargo compartment and sport branded livery. This would allow riders to safely take and transport samples efficiently and securely across Pathkind’s centres.

Hero Electric scooters will also allow riders to be extra cautious and avoid shared mobility and even petrol pumps where usually currency exchange poses a problem. Hero Electric scooters come with portable lightweight Li-batteries that get fully charged in 4 hours, giving riders a range of more than 100km. The option of a third battery furthers this range to over 150km, thereby addressing any concerns and anxiety over range.

Commenting on the collaboration, Sanjeev Vashishta, MD and CEO, Pathkind Diagnostics said, “This coming together of Pathkind and Hero Electric is of great significance for us and our belief which is ‘prevention is better than cure’ as timely diagnosis prevents people from falling sick, extensive use of EVs’ would ensure longitivity of our planet. Having our fleet converted to electric powered two-wheelers is going to have a multi-fold merits in our operations. It will greatly help riders to practice social distancing in today’s unprecedented times of COVID-19 and also increase the response time and efficiency while keeping costs under check. The key to being an efficient diagnostics lab is to provide quick turnaround time to the patients in terms of collection of their samples and providing the reports expeditiously to facilitate early treatment of the disease. This tie-up will help our customers, patients, riders and us to achieve that while keeping in check the health and hygiene aspect of everyone and in the process being eco-friendly.”

Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric said, “We are delighted to partner with Pathkind Diagnostics, which is one of the most respected and leading names in healthcare and diagnostics in India. This is just a start of EVs tapping into and giving organisations a very compelling alternative mobility solution. This is, of course, aimed to save the environment, reduce costs while increasing the efficiency and revenue for the organisations. Through this partnership, both Hero Electric and Pathkind are paving the road to a cleaner, greener, and healthier environment. Hero Electric will continue to work towards strengthening its B2B portfolio and drive eco-friendly change in the industry while also helping organisations realise the benefits of the electric-powered fleet to an ICE fleet.”