Bengaluru-based smart mobility startup Bounce has decided to enter the electric scooter market with its very own offering, the Bounce N3310. As per Vivekananda Hallekere, after completing 25 million rides in under 18 months in Bengaluru alone, Bounce has decided to introduce its own product. To bring down fuel bills and emissions, the company earlier tied-up with Ather and Ampere and already has electric scooters in its fleet.
Recently, Bounce received homologation certification for the N3310 from the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), as reported by its founder on Twitter. This certificate is necessary for an organization to start producing self-assembled EVs and petrol vehicles, making Bounce one of the few ride sharing startups to acquire one.
Bounce was founded with a vision of revamping the urban commuting sector in metro cities by bringing in scooter-sharing services. The largest chunk of its fleet is based at Bengaluru with a total of 22,000 two-wheelers in the city. The second-largest fleet is based in Hyderabad with a total number of 5,000 two-wheelers in the city.
Even though the country was in a lockdown due to COVID-19, Bounce kept busy with the development of its first in-house electric scooter codenamed the N3310. According to Bounce’s official website, this self-assembled electric scooter will be available on a subscription basis and on a long-term rental plan as well. In contrast, crosstown rival Yulu Bikes has tied up with Bajaj Auto to develop low-cost last-mile electric mobility scooters.
The specs cited at the official Bounce website point towards a real world range of 60 km on a single charge and a dedicated battery-swapping network. If an electric scooter is low on battery and a customer is in need of one, the battery swapping network inside the city is there to support. This battery-swapping network was previously introduced by Revolt (as explained here by a Revolt electric bike user), which opened up the electric motorcycle segment.
Bounce’s electric scooter comes with a price tag of Rs 46,000 (excluding the battery, which would be leased), and it fits the affordability criteria. As of now, anyone can book this scooter for an amount of Rs 2,500. Though deliveries might start from December 2020, test rides are available at non-peak hours. A dedicated helpline number for N3310 users is put in use, as per the official website.
Bounce was founded in 2014 by Vivekananda Hallekere, Anil G, and Varun Agni with an aim of providing better services in the urban mobility segment in India. It started out as a luxury bike rental service under the name tag of WickedRide but soon shifted to curating the commuting sector.
Images of the Bounce Electric Scooter are taken from the official Bounce website.