Uber has expanded its more affordable UberX service to three more cities in India – Mumbai, Chennai and Pune. The company has also decided to cut down the price of its higher-end service Uber Black by 22 percent in Delhi.
UberX is the cheaper option of transportation service that the company offers. The service already exist in Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad. Vehicles in the UberX category include mid-range sedans such as Toyota Etios and Maruti Swift DZire. UberX will offer a base fare of Rs 50 in Mumbai and Chennai and Rs 30 in Pune. There are also additional charges per minute and per kilometre that will vary based on the city. Per kilometre charges are Rs 14, Rs 15 and Rs 12 for Chennai, Mumbai and Pune customers respectively. Per minute charges are Rs 1 for all the three cities.
Additionally, high-end Uber Black service sees a price slash of 22 percent in New Delhi. The base fare is now Rs 75 instead of Rs 90. The per kilometer price has also been dropped to Rs 18 instead of the earlier Rs 25. The Uber Black fleet will now include vehicles like Toyota Innova & Nissan Terrano in order to fulfill demand. Uber is also making efforts to reduce ETA from 18 minutes to 11 minutes for its Uber Black services.
Beginning today, users from these cities can use the Uber app or the website to avail the UberX service. Uber began its India operations in August last year with its high-priced service Uber Black, that it provides in ten cities now. The expansion move comes amidst controversy over its payment model. After RBI put the stopper on international payment gateways, Uber’s payment model, that does not use the two-step authentication process, will cease to function in India post October 31. To address this, Uber is reportedly in talks with Paytm and PayU to integrate a digital wallet with its payment process.