Polarity e-Bicycles Launched In India

  • Sep 20, 2019
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All six models have a claimed range of 80km on a single charge

  • These e-bicycles are divided into two categories: Sport and Executive
  • Prices range from Rs 38,000 to Rs 1.1 lakh, ex-showroom.
  • Of these, the S3K model has a claimed top speed of 100kmph!
  • None of the bikes get a double seat option.
  • Polarity Smart Bikes has unveiled six new pedal-assisted e-bicycles for the Indian market. These e-bicycles are divided into two categories:  the S1K, S2K, S3K, which are placed in the Sport lineup; and the E1K, E2K and E3K that come under the Executive range. Prices begin from Rs 38,000 for the base model and go all the way up to Rs 1.1 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-spec version. The brand has started accepting pre-bookings for all six e-bicycles through its official website for a nominal amount of Rs 1,001. That said, you’ll have to wait until early 2020 for deliveries to begin.

    Powering these e-bicycles are hub motors with power figures ranging from 1-3kW. When paired with its lithium-ion battery pack, the cycles are capable of delivering a claimed range of 80km on a single charge. You also get a 3-year warranty for the battery for added peace of mind. One can fully charge the battery in four hours using a conventional home charging socket or drop the time down to just two hours using a fast charger, which will be offered as an optional extra. Unfortunately, these batteries aren't removable. So you'll either need to install a charging station in your parking lot or carry the bike to your house via a service lift in order to charge it. On the bright side, for future applications, the brand is working on detatchable batteries for its products.

    All six e-bicycles from Polarity are eligible for subsidies under the government's FAME-II scheme. The range also features pedal assist which will help address range anxiety amongst buyers. Notably, there isn't a two seat option available as it would hamper the bikes handling dynamics. However, Polarity will be testing few two-seater prototypes and could introduce the same in the future if there's enough demand for it.

    We’ve listed down the spec sheet for the entire range for a broader perspective. 

    All ex-showroom prices after FAME-II subsidy*

    Price (ex-showroom)

    S1K

    S2K

    S3K

    E1K

    E2K

    E3K

     

    Rs 40,000

    Rs 70,000

    Rs 1.1 lakh

    Rs 38,000

    Rs 65,000

    Rs 1.05 lakh

    Specifications

               

    Motor

    1kW

    2kW

    3kW

    1kW

    1.5kW

    2.5kW

    Motor Type

    BLDC hub motor

    Battery Type

    Lithium-ion

    Nominal Voltage

    40V

    50V

    80V

    40V

    50V

    80V

    Life cycles

    1000 cycles (minimum)

    Battery life

    3-year warranty

    Charger (std Home)

    40V 5A

    50V 5A

    80V 5A

    40V 5A

    50V 5A

    80V 5A

    Charger (Optional fast)

    40V 10A

    50V 10A

    80V 10A

    40V 10A

    50V 10A

    80V 10A

    Range

    80km+ (company claimed)

    Top Speed

    45kmph

    70kmph

    100kmph

    40kmph

    60kmph

    80kmph

    Kerb Weight

    Under 55kg

    GPS

       

    Yes

       

    Yes

    Bluetooth

       

    Yes

       

    Yes

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    Keeping up with the trends of today, the top-ends models of each range comes with a Bluetooth-enabled TFT instrument console right off the shelf. Polarity has also introduced its very own app to go along with the e-bicycles, which enable customers to view vehicle diagnostics, battery life, location, service details, and more. You could also have the same feature on the rest of the models for some extra cash. The app will be available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store once the company begins deliveries. Other notable features include LED lighting and a USB port on all the variants. Fitness-conscious customers can also mount the bike on a stand and use it for exercising at home. And just in case you were wondering, these road-legal electric bicycles do need a licence to be ridden.

    In its initial phase, the homegrown electric bike manufacturer will target Tier I and Tier II cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai. To make things more convenient, it plans to adopt door-step deliveries in the near future.

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