Bengaluru-based start-up Simple Energy has finally unveiled its first electric scooter on India’s 75th Independence Day. It’s named the Simple One and follows hot on the heels of the just-launched Ola Electric S1 scooter. However, the Simple One promises to one-up the Ola S1 on the range front, with Simple Energy saying the e-scooter will be up to 236 km on the Indian Driving Cycle (IDC), which is significantly higher than Ola’s claimed range of 181 kilometres. Those interested in the Simple One can now place an order on the start-up’s website, with the reservation amount set at Rs 1,947.
The Simple One packs a removable 4.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which powers an electric motor with a base output of 4.5 kW, a peak output of 7 kW and 72 Nm of torque. The Simple One has four ride modes (Eco, Ride, Dash and Sonic), is said to accelerate from 0-40 kph in just 3.05 seconds and has a top speed of 105 kph. It rides on 12-inch wheels, has 30 litres of under-seat storage capacity, and weighs 110 kg.
The Simple One has a full-colour, fully-customisable 7.0-inch touchscreen, which incorporates Bluetooth and 4G connectivity, onboard navigation, geo-fencing and vehicle tracking functions. It will also be able to receive over-the-air software updates.
The Simple One pack’s all-LED lighting on the equipment front, a telescopic fork up front and a mono-shock at the rear. It has a 200 mm front disc brake and a 190 mm rear disc brake, which bring the scooter to a halt from 60 kph within 27 metres. The scooter has a combi-brake system and not ABS.
When being charged at home, Simple Energy says the 4.8 kWh battery pack will take less than three hours to go from 0 to 80 per cent, while fast-charging will allow the scooter to regain 2.5 kilometres of range for every minute of charging, so a 10-minute charge would allow for a 25-kilometre range.
It will be offered in four colours – Brazen Black, Namma Red, Grace White and Azure Blue. Simple Energy says it will go live in 75 cities across 13 states in the next couple of months; the company will be present in 176 cities by August 2022. The start-up also plans to install 300 ‘Simple Loop’ fast-charging points in the next seven months.