By Kedar Soman
It was almost end of 2017. I was sitting in a Delhi meeting that was supposed to come up with policy suggestions for NITI aayog for electric vehicles. Right across from me sat two individuals from one very established car company in India. As the discussion veered towards what the car manufacturers need to do to advance electric mobility in India, these two individuals literally went berserk. They shouted from the top of their voices how the government should not dictate the direction and the market needs figure it out by itself. Any suggestion for tightening fuel standard, suggesting change in taxation, suggestion of measures to make the car manufacturers make more electric vehicles prompted a strong, almost vicious reaction from these two guys.
Today, Twenty Two Motors and KYMCO, one of the largest two wheeler and leading power sports global brands announced their partnership in India. This marks the entry of KYMCO into the Indian sub-continent. The alliance aims at making scooter experience intuitive, convenient and stylish for Indian customers.
Team Ather Energy
Ather Energy today announced the launch of their charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), AtherGrid, which is open to all EVs.
The company, known for their intelligent, electric scooter S340, has begun installations of the intelligent and connected charging stations across the city of Bangalore.
Team Ather Energy
After 4 years, 55 prototypes, 50,000 km in on-road testing and over a million man hours, the S340 is finally ready!
And this one is not a render or a concept for a show. It’s rolling off an actual production line as we speak.
Artem Energy Future Pvt Ltd, a home-grown electric vehicle technology company has announced the Artem M9 -- the world’s safest electric scooter. The M9 will include unprecedented ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) previously seen only in luxury cars.
The vehicle is being developed with several industry firsts: 90kmph top speed, 0-50kmph in 6 seconds and a range of 100 kms. per charge. Artem is taking a unique approach to EV practicality by allowing the M9 to be charged by an on-board fast charger, as well by swapping batteries.
Okinawa Scooters launched the Okinawa Praise electric scooter to critical acclaim especially with its specifications. Look at these numbers!
Mr Sonendra from Lucknow, shares his Real Life EV Story!
He modified his Hero Electric Photon which had a Lead Acid battery into a super duper Lithium-Ion based e-Scooter!
Do read to find out more and also watch his video!
Chalo Dilli Tour: Day 3 and 4 - CleanMotion, URV Enterprises, Okinawa, Hero Electric and Mahindra Electric
Day 3 and 4 of our Chalo Chilli tour was very hectic but very exciting!
We visited DLF Mall of India at Noida to check out the work CleanMotion is doing. We met some amazing people at URV enterprises who are going to launch disruptive EV products soon. We then met the EV community and members of EV industry in an event organised by us. We thank Mahindra Electric, Hero Electric and Okinawa for showcasing the e2o Plus, Hero Electric Optima Li-Ion and Okinawa Ridge e-Scooter.
Going by the tremendous response of its test launch of Optima Lithium Battery E-Scooter, Hero Electric, the pioneer and front-runner in the Indian Electric two-wheeler industry, is now set to launch its entire range of high energy density Lithium battery Electric Scooters, this October.
Ather Energy revealed the S340 - India's first smart electric scooter at the SURGE conference in Bangalore.
This e-scooter will be a game changer for the Indian e-bike market due to its connectivity features, uber cool dashboard, its lithium-ion battery, quick charging times, more power than current generation VRLA based e-bikes and remote diagnostics.
For a long time, physically challenged persons have had to get their two wheelers modified on their own to add two extra wheels. This has meant that the wheels are not covered under manufacturers warranty or vehicle insurance.
Hero Electric has taken up the cause of solving this issue with its Optima Plus special ability electric scooter.
The company is not called - ARTEM and will be launching alternative products!
Read Press Release
Update May 2016 -
The company Morello Yamasaki is now focussing on RnD on a new next generation lithium-ion based e-bike platform.
They wont be releasing any new products including Nirbhaya until beginning of 2017.
Also they plan to rebrand and change their name. We will keep you posted!
Original Blog - 26/03/2015
Given the atrocities that happen to women in Indian cities from time to time, an electric vehicle company is thinking ahead by
launching an e-bike called 'Nirbhaya' with innovative safety features for women riders. This e-bike will be manufactured and sold by the Ahmedabad based Indo-Japanese electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Morello Yamasaki.
Let me congratulate Ather on their success in getting funding of $1 million. They have done a lot of hardwork to deserve it. But let me warn that Mahindra had invested 20 times more in the Mahindra e2o and are struggling to sell. Let's not repeat the mistakes of e2o.
But before coming to that let me say that Raju Venkatraman, Sachin and Binny Bansal have given the Indian Automobile industry a big boost by investing in the Ather idea. If successful, this will surely change the face of motorcycling not only in India but also in Africa and South East Asia.
Over the last year at PlugInIndia we were really heartened to see that there are multiple startup-bike-developers who are trying to develop their own e-bikes. And all of them from India. There were at least seven such startups who contacted us which proves 2 things - one there is a lot of development going on and second most of them are in unorganised sector.
Automotive Engineer Josef Memmel is not only an expat and businessman but above all he is a visionary who is passionate about Electric Vehicles and the environment. He has designed quite a few electric bikes, some of which have solar roof. The vehicles with Solar roof do not need to be manually plugged in to be charged. His own bike has never been manually charged till date.