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BREAKING: This Is India’s First E-scooter To Be Sold Without Batteries


The swappable battery pack has a range of 85km and takes four-five hours to charge

 

Bengaluru-based scooter rental startup, Bounce, has launched its first electric scooter called the Bounce Infinity E1. This is the first e-scooter in India to feature battery-swapping tech, beating Honda at introducing the tech in our market.

What’s The Price? Who Are Its Rivals?

The Bounce Infinity E1 has been launched at Rs 68,999 if you wish to purchase the scooter with the battery. However, Bounce is also giving an option to buy the e-scooter without the battery, making the power pack as a service. This has dropped the price of the Infinity E1 to Rs 45,099. However, the subscription to the battery swapping requires an additional sum of Rs 850 to Rs 1250, depending on the plan you opt for. Furthermore, each swap will cost Rs 35. Customers can book the Infinity E1 at Rs 499, though the deliveries are slated to begin only by March 2022.

Here's a look at the state-wise pricing for the Bounce Infinity E with the battery pack:

Gujarat Rs 59,999
Karnataka Rs 68,999
Delhi Rs 68,999
Maharashtra Rs 69,999
Rajasthan Rs 72,999
Other States Rs 79,999

The Bounce Infinity E1 rivals the likes of the Okinawa iPraise +, Ampere Magnus Pro and BGauss B8. However, thanks to Bounce’s unique battery-swapping service, the cost of the scooter goes down considerably compared to its rivals.

What's New?

Bounce acquired the defunct 22Motors that once partnered with Kymco. So, the Bounce Infinity E1 is essentially the 22Kymco iFlow electric scooter -- the first e-scooter that debuted in India with swappable battery tech, but never hit the streets.

The Bounce Infinity E1 boasts a trendy, European design, with smooth, flowing curves instead of edgy, aggressive lines. It uses LED illumination all around including an LED DRL and projector headlight, and features a digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity.

Bounce has used a hub motor delivering 83Nm. The start-up claims that the Infinity E1 can attain a top speed of 65kmph. And complementing this motor is the 2kWh 48V 39AH battery pack. The lithium-ion battery pack is IP67-certified and can be charged in four to five hours. Bounce claims a range of 85km on the battery pack, while real-world range is expected to be around 65km in Eco mode and 50 in Sport mode. However, with the battery stored under the seat, the underseat storage is a miniscule 12 litres.

The Bounce Infinity E1 flaunts two riding modes -- Power Mode and Eco Mode. There is an additional Reverse mode and a unique Drag Mode, primarily conceptualised to assist you get to safety in case of punctures or other hazards by enabling the scooter to move along at walking speeds. Topping it off is the cruise control feature on the Bounce Infinity E1.

Other features on the Bounce Infinity E1 include geo-fencing, an anti-theft feature which will lock the rear wheel in an event of theft, and tow alert which will notify the user using the smartphone app. The smartphone app also gives users access to other data including battery charge.

The Bounce Infinity E1 packs impressive underpinnings as well. The underbone chassis is suspended onto a telescopic fork and dual shocks, while braking duties have been entrusted to disc brakes. The braking system is backed by the safety net of regenerative braking.

ZigSays

In a market troubled with rising fuel prices and cheap Chinese electric EVs, the made-in-India Bounce Infinity E1 is an interesting proposition. Being an EV, not only is the running cost lower, but thanks to the swappable battery tech, the cost of the e-scooter drops down further. At Rs 45,099, it stands as affordable as some of the low-speed electric scooters from Hero Electric and Ampere.

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