As it readies to launch its first electric scooter, electric two-wheeler rental firm EBikeGo has announced it will install at least one lakh EV chargers across India over the next 12 months. The company has already begun setting up its Internet of things (IoT)-enabled chargers in Mumbai and will continue to add more such chargers across six other cities – Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Indore, Pune, and Amritsar – as it gears up to introduce the Rugged G1 electric scooter for purchase in the coming months.
What will grab attention is that EBikeGo says it will install these IoT-enabled EV chargers – which can be used by electric two- and three-wheelers – every 500 meters. A dense charging network will help alleviate range anxiety to some extent and boost buyer confidence in the everyday practicality of riding an electric two-wheeler.
Users of the ‘EBikeGo Charge’ station will be able to make payments using EBikeGo’s app, which will also offer predetermined recharge plans and real-time stats on the charging, and the charger has an in-built cut-off function when it detects the battery is fully topped up. Additionally, the app will let users plan their route according to the availability of chargers along the way and provide real-time information on charger availability.
The EBikeGo charger is a 16-amp unit with an output of up to 3.3 kW, has a three-pin power socket, LED indicators to denote the state of charge, and features Wi-Fi and RFID functionality.
As for the scooter itself, the EBikeGo Rugged G1 (equipped with a 1.9 kWh lithium-ion battery) will be available in two versions – the single-battery G1 (Rs 84,999) and the dual-battery G1+ (Rs 1,04,999); the first 1,000 buyers will get an additional discount of Rs 5,000. These prices include the FAME-II subsidy of Rs 27,000 for the G1 and Rs 54,000 for the G1+.
Power comes from a BLDC hub motor – that EBikeGo claims are the first indigenous hub motor for an Indian electric two-wheeler – that has a nominal output of 1.5 kW (2 hp) and a peak output of 3 kW (4 hp). In Eco mode (top speed restricted to 35 kph), the Rugged G1 has a claimed ‘true’ range of over 80 kilometers, while the Rugged G1+ has over 160 kilometers. In Power mode (top speed raised to 75 kph), coverage for the G1+ drops to 135 kilometers.
Pre-orders for the EBikeGo Rugged G1 are open now, with the reservation amount set at Rs 499, and EBikeGo is aiming to commence deliveries of the scooter from November this year.