Bengaluru-based startup Simple Energy has launched the production version of its electric scooter, the Simple One, at a price range of Rs 1.45 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Bengaluru).
The Simple One features a 5kWh lithium-ion battery, divided into a fixed and removable pack, providing a claimed range of 212km. It is equipped with a permanent magnet motor generating 8.5kW of peak power and 72Nm of torque. The scooter boasts impressive acceleration, reaching 0-40kph in 2.77 seconds and achieving a claimed top speed of 105kph.
Charging the battery from 0 to 80 percent takes approximately 5 hours and 54 minutes using portable and home chargers. Fast charging capability is also available. The fast-charging network is expected to be operational from August this year.
Weighing 134kg, the Simple One is the heaviest mainstream electric scooter in India. It features a seat height of 796mm and a wheelbase of 1,335mm, which is 40mm longer than the Ather 450X. The scooter utilizes a tubular steel chassis, telescopic fork/monoshock suspension, and 12-inch wheels with 90-section tires. Braking is handled by a 200mm disc at the front and a 190mm unit at the rear.
The Simple One is equipped with a 7-inch TFT display that can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, enabling navigation and music control. The scooter offers four riding modes – Eco, Ride, Dash, and Sonic – and features all-LED lighting, a boot light, and a 30-liter boot capacity.
It is available in six color options, including four single-tone colors (black, red, blue, and white) and two dual-tone options (white and black) with red alloy wheels and highlights. The dual-tone variants are priced at Rs 1.50 lakh, while the single-tone options cost slightly less.
The Simple One faces competition from electric scooters like the Ola S1 Pro, Ather 450X, TVS iQube S, Bajaj Chetak, and Vida V1 Pro. Deliveries of the Simple One will commence on June 6 in Bengaluru, with plans to expand to other cities soon. Simple Energy aims to establish around 140 to 150 showrooms across India within the next 8 to 10 months.
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