A Simple Energy electric scooter prototype has achieved a range of more than 230 km in ARAI testing. That’s more than double the range of Bajaj Auto’s Chetak (95+ km) and the Ather 450X (116 km).
Simple Energy says that the prototype ARAI tested in Pune featured a 4 kWh battery, which is bigger than the battery pack of the Ather 450X (2.61 kWh), the TVS iQube (2.25 kWh) and Bajaj Auto’s Chetak (2.89 kWh). This battery pack had been developed in-house, and it allowed the electric scooter to reach 230 km in Eco ride mode. The scooter that achieved this feat is not a production vehicle.
Commenting on the new development, Suhas Rajkumar, Founder, Simple Energy, said that over 1,000 customers have shown interest in pre-booking the Simple Energy Mark 2 while it’s still under development. The prototype tested was of the Simple Energy Mark 1.
There exists a humongous gap between what the consumers want and what they receive. In the past, there was no electric two-wheeler Indian brand addressing the pain points of long-range, fast charging, value for money electric scooters. We identified these pain points and have been relentlessly working towards it.Suhas Rajkumar, Founder of Simple Energy
The Simple Energy Mark 2 uses a 4.2 kWh battery pack and a motor that generates 9.4 hp and 72 Nm of torque. Apart from Eco, it can be ridden in Normal and Sports ride modes. The Eco mode limits the top speed to 35-40 km/h, while in the Sports mode, a top speed of 103 km/h can be achieved, with 0-50 km/h achieved in 3.6 seconds. The Simple Energy Mark 2 has a claimed range of 260 km (Eco)/220 km (Normal)/180 km (Sport).
Simple Energy, which is working to raise funds to put its vehicle into production, plans to gradually increase its retail presence in the country. It would have four experience centres, two of which would be located in smaller cities. The company is yet to announce the launch and pricing of its electric scooters.
Source 1: Simple Energy
Source 2: financialexpress.com