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Choking Pollution And Traffic Jams Have Spelt The Rise Of Electric Scooters In India

Choking Pollution And Traffic Jams Have Spelt The Rise Of Electric Scooters In India

Harshajit Sarmah
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Air pollution in India is a serious issue and with passing time, the nation is moving towards an environmental crisis. According to the World Health Organisation, Indian cities like Kanpur, Varanasi, Faridabad, Gaya and New Delhi are among the most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM 2.5 concentrations.

With millions of cars, two-wheelers and transport vehicles dominating the roads, the nation is not only facing some of the worst traffic but is also being choked by air pollution.

In recent years, electric scooters have started gaining traction. According to a recent report, the electric scooters and motorcycles market in India is projected to reach $617.7 million by 2025 on account of the growing need to curb air pollution level.



Why Are Electric Scooters Popular

In short, electric scooters have started to gain more popularity because:

  • They use the electric battery for propulsion
  • They do not produce any emissions
  • Way more silent compared to petrol-based two-wheelers
  • They do not cause noise pollution
  • Can be charged from traditional wall outlets
  • Can have a removable battery

Why Is The Market Share For Electric Scooters Increasing

Electric scooters have got a large market share when it comes to the two-wheeler industry, however, with increasing pollution awareness among people and increasing government support, the electric two-wheeler is only going to grow bigger. Furthermore, to curb pollution levels in the country, the nation would follow tough emission norms, providing a positive regulatory environment for electric two-wheelers industry in coming years.

Scooters with lead acid battery is already a choice of people because of its low prices, however, in recently, lithium-ion powered electric scooters have also stepped into the arena and are making a great impact. That is not all, electric scooters with lithium-ion are also expected to gain significant market share as its prices are declining and has more advantages compared to a lead-acid battery.

Some Electric Scooters Worth Buying

Okinawa Praise

Manufactured by Okinawa, a Rajasthan-based electric two-wheeler, Praise is powered by a brushless DC motor that takes its juice from either a lead acid battery or a more sophisticated lithium-ion pack. While the lead acid battery takes about 6-8 hours for a full charge, the latter takes just one hour.

Established in 2015, Okinawa has captured a significant market size in India. With offerings like Praise, the company is growing rapidly in the electric scooter space.

Twenty Two Motors Flow

The Twenty Two Motors Flow is another amazing electric scooter that can replace your petrol for a two-wheeler. The scooter is powered by a DC motor and a lithium-ion battery that produces 2.8PS of max power and 90Nm of peak torque at 100rpm. The battery takes about 4 hours to charge completely. Flow comes has a range of 80km and is capable of clocking up to 60kmph.

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Furthermore, Flow is also equipped with a geofencing feature that helps you track the vehicle remotely. The scooter can be paired with a smartphone while it’s always connected to the company’s cloud-based system. It the vehicle gets lost, the owner can cut off the power supply via its app from your smartphone. That is not all, Flow uses artificial intelligence to learn about breakdowns, and send service reminders as per riding patterns and order spare parts even before the affected part is completely damaged.

Ather

The Ather S340 is another promising electric scooter. The two-wheeler has a 1.92kWh Li-ion battery, giving a range of 60km in economy mode on a full charge. The battery charges up to 80 per cent in just an hour with the aid of a fast charge. Also, Ather S340’s motor churns out a max power of 2.8Kw and a peak torque of 20Nm.

Furthermore, the vehicle is equipped with features such as vehicle charging point tracker, navigation assist, LED lighting and a seven-inch touchscreen instrument panel.

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