The Bengaluru-based startup, Simple Energy has finally launched its most hyped electric scooter Simple One, with prices ranging from Rs 1.45 lakh - Rs 1.50 lakh.
The Simple One is powered with a 5kWh battery that is rated for a claimed Indian Driving Conditions ( IDC ) range of 212 km. The battery is further split into two packs, one fixed and one removable which is coupled with a permanent magnet motor that’s rated for 8.5kW of peak power and 72Nm of torque. As per the claims made by the company, this helps the scooter to manage the sprint from 0 to 40kph in 2.77s and onward to a top speed of 105kp.
The brand also claims that the battery can be charged from 0 to 80% in around 6 hours, using the portable and home chargers. Moreover, with a fast charger the scooter can be charged at the rate of 1.5km/min, although the fast-charging network is still being set up by the company which would be operational from August of this year.
Weighing 134 Kg, the Simple One is currently the heaviest mainstream e-scooter in India. Its seat height too has risen to 796mm from 775 mm as compared to the earlier version. It is also fabricated with a tubular steel chassis which is suspended by a telescopic monoshock setup and runs on 12-inch wheels at both ends shod with 90-section rubber. The braking duties are further handled by a 200mm disc at the front and a 190mm unit at the rear side.
Ergonomically the scooter has been designed with a 7-inch TFT dash which can be paired to smartphones via Bluetooth and can help control both navigation as well as music, the software of which can be updated via OTA updates. The scooter has four riding modes – Eco, Ride, Dash and Sonic and comes with all-LED lighting and one boot light. The scooter is available in 4 colour variants - black, red, blue and white, as well as two dual-tone colours, white and black.
All these initiatives reflect Simple Energy’s commitment towards electrifying India's two wheeler sector. Simple Energy claims that deliveries shall begin this year from June 6 onwards, in Bengaluru, with other cities to follow soon. The company also claims its target of setting up ‘140 to 150’ showrooms in India over the next 8 to 10 months.