Renowned E-Car makers like Tesla, Audi, Tata, Hyundai & GM, though dominating the four-wheeler industry for a decade, hasn’t come to a case of riding without charging. But for surprise, an Indian company claimed that their newly designed E-Bike has this unique feature.
Earlier this month, Bounce, a Bengaluru-based electric mobility startup, unveiled its first E-Bike named ‘Bounce Infinity E1’, that comes with unique features unless other bikes & cars, that doesn’t come with batteries & requiring no charging.
How Does it Work?
Bounce E-Bike, having these unique features, doesn’t mean the bike has no provision for the battery, but has a different approach for riding, ‘swappable battery’.
Bounce Infinity E1 offers ‘battery as a service’ option that allows customers to swap an empty battery with a fully-charged one from Bounce’s swapping network. This being one of the key features allows the customer to swap the battery for a fully charged one at Rs.35/exchange which makes it quicker than charging at an EV Charging station. This pushes the running costs of the scooter down substantially, by as much as 40% compared to conventional scooters. And one swap hardly requires more than 2 minutes, which makes it more reliable than other E-vehicles.
Bounce Inifinity E1
The startup claims that its battery-swapping station network has a distribution of close to 200 stations in major Indian cities like Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru which have completed over 500,000 swaps and enabled over 2 crore EV kilometers.
“Bounce is set to invest over USD 100 million across manufacturing of e-scooters and expanding the battery swapping infrastructure over the next 12 months. We’ve been setting up a wide battery-swapping network through prominent partnerships, which will serve both its retail customers and its successful ride-sharing business. The ambition is to build the world’s largest and densest battery swapping platform to support India’s transition to clean mobility, and offer a swapping facility within one-kilometre distance for its customers,” its CEO Vivekananda Hallekere said.
Bounce with its partnerships with various brands like Nobroker, Park+, Readyassist, Helloworld, Kitchens@, Goodbox, etc., strengthens its e-bike system across the country by installing more than 3,500 battery swapping stations across 10 cities.
The smart framework will be available at locations like residential societies, key parking spaces, malls, corporate offices, etc. for customers to find the nearest swapping station on their Bounce App.
The best part of the battery as a service option is that anyone can partner with Bounce and become battery swapping partners, likely as OYO, OLA cabs, Tea-time do. Not as a store / shop, individuals could host space even in their home and get a fixed return on the investment they make, as a collaboration. Bounce call this ‘Bounce Power’, which will “empower the common man to be part of this transition to clean energy”, CEO said.
Key features of Bounce Infinity E1
Bounce Infinity E1 bike is capable of topping up to a speek of 65kmph, 0-40 kmph in 8 seconds, and a torque output of 83Nm. Priced at ₹68,999 (ex-showroom), the Infinity E1 is powered by a 2kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides a certified range of 85km on a single charge.
Although, the Bounce Infinity E1 will also be offered with the battery and a charger (if they wish), which can be removed from the scooter and charged by customers at their living space / office / wherever they want. An uninterrupted electricity supply takes 4 to 5 hours to fully charge this battery.
Consumers can ride this e-scooter in two riding modes, Power and Eco, while it’s built on a tubular frame and features hydraulic telescopic front suspension and two shock absorbers in the rear. Going further, it also comes with disc brakes at both ends with an electronic braking system and also possesses the regenerative braking technology feature. Finally, this e-scooter will also come equipped with a comprehensive warranty of 3 years or up to 50,000 km.
That’s both beneficial and economical switch-over from these hiking gasoline rates.