Oki100 electric motorcycle to launch in late-2020

Okinawa has announced that its Oki100 electric motorcycle will be launched in the third quarter of FY 2020-21 (Oct-Dec 2020) and it will be a highly localized product.

Currently, Okinawa’s products come with 88 per cent localisation and the company is planning to launch a wide range of products that will be 100 per cent localized with the Oki100 to be the first. Apart from the battery cells, all components of the electric motorcycle are to be manufactured in India.

The Gurugram-based electric two-wheeler manufacturer that is targeting sales of 1 lakh electric vehicles this fiscal year, is ready to enter the electric motorcycle segment. Okinawa already has a line up of electric scooters, first of which was launched three years ago and the company has been launching products frequently having just displayed the Okinawa Cruiser at the Auto Expo that is slated for a launch in early 2021.

The Okinawa Oki100 has been under development for two years and was showcased as a concept bike at the Auto Expo 2018 (featured image). However, there will be changes in the production vehicle:

In terms of size, technology and power the Oki 100 will be different from the concept. In terms of size, it is as good as an IC-engined motorcycle. The specifications that we disclosed at the Auto Expo 2018 such as the speed and range are the same. Apart from that, it will be a connected vehicle and it will have many other new features.

Okinawa Founder and MD, Mr. Jeetender Sharma to EVW on the sidelines of the Auto Expo

The Oki 100 is expected to have a power equivalent to a 125 cc motorbike and will compete with the Revolt RV400. The conceptual Oki100 is powered by a 72V 63Ah lithium-ion battery that can push the e-motorcycle to a maximum speed of 100 km/h and provide it a range of 150 km. The battery is swappable, comes with fast charging as standard and can be charged in two hours. Like its competitors, the Oki 100 will get an all-digital instrument cluster and most of the features can be accessed through a mobile app.

The Oki 100 is expected to sport disc brakes at the front and rear with mono-channel ABS, LED headlamp and taillamp, and connected tech with the help of a dedicated SIM.

The e-motorcycle will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Rajasthan’s Teh.Tijara district. To keep the kerb weight low, the vehicle could be using aluminium parts. The expected price of the Oki100 is about Rs.1 lakh ex-showroom, which will make it the most affordable e-motorcycle in the country.

Apart from Revolt RV400, the Oki 100 will face competition from the Hero electric motorcycle and the Tork T6X in the future. Besides entering new product segments, Okinawa is looking to expand its dealership network to 600 outlets to increase its market share, having sold more than 60,000 scooters since the launch.

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