Bird Electric showcased its first electric scooter the Bird ES1+ at the Auto Expo 2020. The vehicle is a badge-engineered Super Soco CU-X electric scooter which will be manufactured at Bird Electric’s plant in Manesar that produces other electric products. Bird is the distributor of Segway, Ninebot and Mini pro products in India.
Speaking about the electric scooter, Ankur Bhatia, Director of Bird Electric Mobility told EVW:
“We’ve done one electric scooter now, the ES1+, and for that I’m looking at a price range of Rs. 50,000 to go to market on that. It has a 50-60 km range/charge, the battery is swappable. Yes, this is a model we are importing from China and assembling in India, whatever the FAME regulations are we have to use those. We are in touch with battery manufacturers who can do local supplies to us because we want to optimize the cost to the best extent.”
Speaking about the retail strategy, Bhatia said:
“The advantage our Bird Electric dealers will have is that they will sell both a two-wheeler and a four-wheeler, they would have the capability of looking at the two segments with margins in both products. Our retail facilities would have all electric products in one area.”
Bird Electric says the scooter will be launched in Delhi-NCR followed by other tier-1 & tier-2 cities. The company is looking to introduce the scooter in mid-2021.
The electric scooter is designed with sharp LED headlamps and the dashboard has an LCD screen with switchgear that look premium. The clean bodywork gives the scooter an understated look and the rear is complete with an LED taillight in a split-type arrangement.
At the tape, the Bird ES1+ electric scooter is 1,782 mm long, 727 mm wide and 1,087 mm tall. The wheelbase stands at 1,217 mm and the seat height has been kept at a low 720 mm. The ground clearance is 140 mm.
The scooter’s hardware specifications include front telescopic forks and rear twin springs. Disc brakes are spotted on both wheels that give the scooter a premium visual look.
The ES1+ is powered by a 3Ah lithium-ion battery pack that offers a range of 55km/charge. It takes 7-8 hours to charge to 100%, and a has a top speed of 55 km/h. The scooter weighs just 62 kg and rides on 12-inch alloy wheels that are covered in 90/90 section tyres at both ends.