Startups offering waterless car wash are making their presence felt as they take their ventures to the door steps of oil companies.
Ahmedabad-based Robovac and Enzo Solutions, Pune-based Green Salute and Mumbai’s Car’s Laundry are banking on the new Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) policy that mandates environment-friendly practices.
Ahmedabad-based Robovac, founded by Mohit Shah, who shifted his based from US to India to purely start a waterless car wash venture that builds on the recently introduced new CSR rules under the Company Act, 2013.
Robovac is a car interior cleaning service that offers vacuuming as well as servicing. Robovac is a 4.2 Hp Vacuum, with a 55 litre storage tank, that completes interior cleaning in just eight minutes and is designed to be portable and fit on petrol and diesel retail outlets. It has entered into agreement with Indian Oil Corporation, Gujarat State Office and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, North West Zone for 500 and 100 outlets, respectively, and currently has 25 outlets in Ahmedabad.
“For oil companies it’s a CSR activity, while for us it’s a good business proposition,” said Mohit Shah, founder, Emanar Enterprise, owner of Robovac. Using less water or no water for car wash helps water conservation and enhances environment sustainability for its clients.
Similarly, another Ahmedabad-based firm, Enzo Solutions has developed its proprietary formulation which is 100% bio-degradable spray for cleaning car without using water. The 6-month-old startup provides home service and has joined hands with Robovac to provide exterior car wash at petrol pumps.
“Each car roughly needs on an average 10 litres of water to wash and with 75 million cars on Indian roads, it’s a huge wastage of water” said Ankit Kumar, cofounder Car’s Laundry. The Mumbai-based startup uses steam-based car wash machines that uses less than 5 litres of water for car washing.
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