Okinawa Autotech, the Gurugram-based electric two-wheeler manufacturer that is targeting sales of 1 lakh electric scooters this fiscal year, is ready to enter the electric motorcycle segment this year. Okinawa already has a line up of electric scooters, first of which was launched three years ago and the company has been launching models frequently having just displayed the Okinawa Cruiser at the Auto Expo.
The Okinawa Oki100 has been under development for the past two years and was showcased as a concept bike at the Auto Expo 2018 (featured image). However there will be many changes in the production vehicle.
The Oki 100 electric motorbike will be launched in the first quarter of the next fiscal year (April – June 2020) as confirmed by Okinawa Founder and MD, Mr. Jeetender Sharma to EVW on the sidelines of the Auto Expo. When quizzed on how the production motorcycle differs from the concept, he said:
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.
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 both in 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 manufacturing plant at Rajasthan’s Teh.Tijara district, with most components sourced from China. To keep the kerb weight low, Okinawa will be using aluminium body parts. The expected price of the Oki100 is 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 also face competition from the Hero electric motorcycle, and the Tork T6X, which is back on track, thanks to a fund infused this year into Tork Motors by Mr. Ratan Tata, that could also be launched in 2020. To get maximum sales traction, Okinawa is looking to expand its dealership network to 500 outlets by the end of 2020.