Bangalore-based ride-sharing startup company Quick Ride has reported 22 lakh new registrations across Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kerala, and Kolkata in 2019. Quick Ride claims that ever since it began in 2015, it has registered a total user base of 3.2 million users.
As per reports, Quick Ride has witnessed a 4x growth in the number of carpools facilitated by the company compared to 2018. Quick Ride users have shared 27,500,000 rides with their fellow car-poolers and have prevented the release of 53,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2019 just by sharing vehicles. The company has seen a steep rise in women users with around 630,000 women registered on the application in the past year.
Car-pooling as a concept has gained momentum in metropolitan cities that are bogged down by traffic congestion and vehicular pollution. However, carpooling today stands out primarily because it is both affordable and environmentally sustainable. Quick Ride users have been given the access on the smartphone app to assess and analyse their contribution to reducing their carbon foot print on the application. Quick Ride claims that it has a steady base of regular users of the application with over 100,000+ users across 6000 companies completed 100 Carpools each.
KNM Rao, co-founder and CEO of Quick Ride said, “We are happy that commuters across various cities are now car-pooling to work daily. People have recognised the need to reduce the growing traffic congestion and air pollution in the country. The past one year has made me hopeful and instilled faith in the conscientious citizens to bring about detrimental changes in their consumption patterns. Technology has helped make this experience smooth and hassle-free which has contributed majorly to its popularity. Our goal is to reduce one million cars from the roads every day, and prevent at least 3,000 tons of carbon emission every day by the end of 2020. With the support of our users, we will continue to expand across all the developing cities in India and propagate car-pooling as a mainstream mode of transportation.”
Rao further adds that Quick Ride owes its success to the office going community, who are sharing the empty seats in their cars with colleagues. Over the years, Quick Ride has partnered with various corporates to raise awareness on car-pooling. It claims that past year saw the likes of Tech Mahindra, Bosch, Capgemini, Verizon, Qualcomm, Amazon, Deloitte, HDFC, Biocon, Society General, L&T, Ericsson, EY-India, Tata Elxsi, Maruti Suzuki, Harman and Reliance-JIO collaborating with Quick Ride to educate and encourage employees to adopt car-pooling. Additionally, Business Parks managed by Candor Tech Space, Embassy Group and Ascendas for example have identified the importance of carpooling and have begun collaborating with Quick Ride to make carpooling and daily commuting seamless to employees.
Quick Ride points out to a scientific report that confirms its findings that carbon footprint of the use and production of cars in G7, China or India would decline by 20 percent if one in four journeys in these countries is a shared ride. Car-pooling is an integral part of the shared mobility eco-system. The company is confident that car-pooling will not only reduce the vehicles from the road but will also decrease carbon footprint and drastically cut down on transit time.