India is slowing but surely turning towards electric mobility; the auto sector players are gradually accomodating these changes too. Indian electric two-wheeler manufacurer Okinawa Scooters launched a new e-scooter. The Okinanwa Praise, the flagship offering from the company, will sell for Rs 59,889 ex-showroom Delhi. The company has already received 300 bookings for the e-scooters since bookings began in November.
The Rajasthan-based company claims that the Praise is the most powerful electric scooter in India with a top speed of 75km/h and a drive range of 170-200 kilometres on a full charge. Power comes from a 72V/45 Ah VRLA lead acid battery with an output of 2500 watt, or 3.5bhp. The Praise comes with three ride modes - Economy, Sporty and Turbo - which allows top speeds of 35km/h, 65km/h, and 75km/h.
Okinawa may also offer a variant with lithium-ion battery in coming days, with a price tag amounting Rs 5,000-6,000 more than the lead acid battery variant. The Li-ion battery is likely to increase the range of the e-scooter by 10-15 per cent and can be charged in 1-2 hours.
Droom launches electric vehicles category
Online auto marketplace Droom has launched an electric vehicles category. The portfolio of electric vehicles include offerings from companies like Hero Electric, Yobykes, and Okinawa Scooters in electric scooters, whereas e-car section has eVerito and e2o Plus from Mahindra.
Droom is offering scooters, both new and used, in a price range starting from Rs 20,000 to Rs 42,000, along with four-wheelers for Rs 8 lakh to Rs 13 lakh. While the electric scooters are available in multiple cities, the auto e-tailer is offering electric cars only in Delhi.
"This category will enable Droom to further strengthen its leadership position in the online automobile marketplace industry in India. The company has started selling electric scooters and cars from multiple brands on its platform," the company said in a statement. Buyers can also avail 100 per cent cashback on the booking amount for all new bookings of electric vehicles as part of a launch promotion, the statement added.
"We are already the market leader with 65 per cent market share in the online automobile industry and are confident that the electric vehicle category will enable us to scale newer heights and further strengthen our market share, in the future," said Droom CEO Sandeep Agarwal.
Government has been keen on pushing the electric vehicle sector in India in order to cut carbon emission levels and oil imports. With plans to convert the entire vehicle fleet to electric by 2030, government is charging a mere 12 per cent GST on electric vehciles, as opposed to those running on fossil fuels, among other incentives to promote manufacture and sale of EVs.