Okinawa Ridge electric scooter has a range of 80-90 km; the brand will invest Rs. 275 crore to expand its product lineup over next three years
In 2016, the growth of scooter sector cannot be underestimated as Honda Activa led the bestselling Hero Splendor series for majority of months. Several new products came in and a few of them endured success as well especially among young customers. The premium and sporty scooter space got off to a flying start with the tremendous response for the Aprilia SR150 and funky Navi moto-scooter certainly won over hearts of teenagers.
However, there’s a huge gap in the scooter segment that needs to be addressed. Electric scooters are on the rise elsewhere for several years now and in India it is a territory big manufacturers are yet to step foot in with promising products. Fancying an early start and sales aspirations that go with it, Okinawa Electric Scooters brand has officially entered in the domestic space with the launch of Ridge.
The Ridge electric scooter comes with a price tag of Rs. 43,702 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will require registration from RTO and insurance as opposed to some of the existing chargeable scooters. The Ridge has maximum power of 800 Watt and maximum speed of 55 kmph. The all important electric range stands at 80-90 km and the scooter has climbing angle of 15 degrees.
It features digital speedometer, drum brake system, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, telescopic front and double shock absorbers at the rear. Offered in Matt Silver/Red, Glossy Red, Matt Green/Orange and Glossy White colour options, the Ridge has a load capacity of 150 kg. The 60V/24Ah VRLA battery normally takes 4 to 6 hours to fully get charged through a 60V30E charger. Fast charging of 1-2 hours is an optional feature.
According to the brand, its products will cater to the demands of average person’s daily commuting while adding lifestyle without hurting the environment. Composed to create “revolution” in the Indian transportation space, the company promises never-seen-before performance standards. Okinawa won’t be restricting its operations with electric scooters as motorcycles are in the pipeline as well.
Over the span of next three years, an investment of up to Rs. 275 crore will be made as Okinawa targets local manufacturing from its Bhiwadi plant in Rajasthan while expanding its network to 450 authorised outlets. Emphasising its seriousness, two more products will be launched this year itself. It has 24 dealerships across Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh at present. Along the way, a Research and Development facility in Rajasthan is also on the cards with setting up more charging infrastructures a major priority.