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CYBORG Brings ‘Made in India’ Electric Motorbike ‘Bob-e’



Ignitron Motocorp Pvt. Ltd. announced its second electric two-wheeler, a Compact Sporty AI enabled Bike – Bob-e under their CYBORG brand. The electric dirt motorbike look alike is a combination of trailblazing design, intuitive/ AI-enabled technology and enhanced safety features that not only redefines the identity for electric mobility in India but also comes with environment-friendly technology.  

The motorbike is designed for the youngsters, with an objective to elevate lifestyles and conserve the environment. The bike boasts of a great performance, distinctive design to fulfill the style quotient and many more features that make every day riding easier and more convenient. Itwill be available in two color variants – Black and Red.

Bob-e comes with a 2.88 kWH Lithium-ion battery that can churn out a top speed of 85km/h with a range 110km. The bike offers features such as Geo locate/Geo fencing, battery status, USB charging, Bluetooth, Key less ignition (Remote control) and Digital cluster. The battery is portable, weather proof and touch-safe, provides a back-up of 4 – 5 hours with 100% charging and comes with 15 amp Fast Home Charger. It features three riding modes – Eco, Normal and Sport – each suiting to the riding style and needs of the rider. The motorbike is also equipped with reverse mode and cruise control. It comes with Telescopic Forks up-front and a fully-adjustable mono shock at the rear to give an unparalleled riding experience.

Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Raghav Kalra, Founder, Ignitron Motocorp Pvt. Ltd. said, “With the successful launch of our brand CYBORG, and the response that we have received for our first Cruiser motorbike, the Yoda, we are thrilled to unveil our second electric two-wheeler in the sports segment. The first of its kind innovation, Bob-e will be a complete package for our customers who look forward to a compact and comfortable riding experience with innovative technology. The Bob-e is India’s first Compact Sporty AI Enabled electric dirt motorbike look alike and is an enticing proposition for our young audience who are looking for motorbikes that will provide an electrifying experience with the best-in-class features to fulfill their needs. We believe that electric mobility will define the future of two-wheelers and India is on its path to faster adoption of EVs. Along with launching new exciting products in the market, we are also focusing on developing the sales and service network simultaneously to cater to all the needs of our customers.”

CYBORG represents a range of premium electric motorbikes, offering an all-new motorcycling experience – accessible to new riders and thrilling for accomplished motorcyclists. CYBORG bikes are unique in terms of design, aesthetics, style, features and technology offering consumers with the best in class product.

The brand recently unveiled the CYBORG YodaIndia’s first ‘Made in India’ electric cruiser motorbike with a swappable battery. It comes a 3.24 kWH Lithium-ion battery that can churn out a top speed of 90km/h with a range of 150km. The bike offers features such as Geo locate/Geo fencing, battery status, USB charging, Bluetooth, Key less ignition (Remote control) and Digital cluster. The battery is portable, weather proof and touch-safe, provides a back-up of 4 – 5 hours with 100% charging and comes with 15 amp Fast Home Charger. Yoda is available in two color variants – Black and Silver.

Both electric motorbikes come with a swappable battery to fulfil the needs of auto enthusiasts who want to enjoy the thrill of riding and feel the adrenaline of riding an electric motorbike to its fullest potential.

The company will have a robust sales and service network spread across India covering the north, south and western regions of India with super distributors and service centers. They are also partnering for SOS (road side assistance) along with battery swapping stations and pay as you go CYBORG {Joule} Stations which will be located at every 1 Kilo meters. These are compact home charge sockets which give fast charging of 50% in 30 minutes and the online payments will be credited in the vendors account with service charges and a premium fee for the vendor to earn money on supplies and services.

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iVOOMi S1 Electric Scooter Test Rides to Begin on 28 May



iVOOMi Energy to begin with the test ride of iVOOMi S1 e-scooters on May 28, 2022. With its previously launched iVOOMi e-scooters, customers have so far driven 5 million green kilometers in the past two years, authenticating its reliable technology and pioneering innovation. In the first phase, the much-awaited iVOOMi S1 is rolling out test rides at its dealerships in the cities – Pune, Nagpur, Gondia, Mumbai, Nanded, Kolhapur, Ichalkaranji, Ahmednagar, Surat, Bhavnagar, Adipur, and Kachh, followed by all other dealerships pan India by 05 June.

The vehicles will be available across multiple touchpoints in these cities to ensure as many people can experience the S1. Interested customers can reserve their test-ride slots on the iVOOMi Energy website, along with an option to pre-book the e-scooter post-test ride at INR 749. The S1 e-scooter is approved by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) and registered by Regional Transport office (RTO) will be delivered starting in June, and the company promises on-time delivery.

Designed and manufactured in India, the iVOOMi S1 is powered by a 2kW electric motor that offers a top speed of 50-54 kmph. The electric scooter gets a 60V, 2kWh swappable Li-ion battery pack for quick replenishment of battery charge, relief from domestic charging woes, etc. It offers a riding range of 100 km on a full charge and can be fully juiced up in 3-4 hours, making it a reliable choice for customers.

iVOOMi Energy is one of the few players in the country riding the electric mobility wave with its unique battery-as-a-service (BaaS) model that makes it more cost-effective and convenient for customers as compared to conventional scooters. The S1 is expected to continue the legacy success of the previous models at a price of Rs 84,999 and with a major user interface update, keeping in line with the segment’s higher expectations.  

Commenting on the same, Mr Sunil Bansal, Managing Director & Co-founder, iVOOMi Energy, says, “We are delighted to start with the test ride of our newly launched S1 electric scooter and give potential customers hands-on experience with our product. We are confident that the S1 will be a game-changer in the electric scooter segment and we see this as an opportunity to demonstrate the performance of our solid-state electric motor, which offers a great driving experience and efficiency. “

iVOOMi Energy plans to extend the S1 test ride for at least three weeks, with more cities to be added in the coming week. To attract even more customers, the company has organised a lucky draw for those who take a test ride.

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Ather Energy to Set-up EV Charging Grids Across The Country



Magenta ChargeGrid signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ather Energy, electric scooter manufacturer, to install Ather Grid fast chargers across charging locations. These charging stations shall be managed by Magenta under the ChargeGrid platform. This partnership is one of India’ first where integrated charging across 2W, 3W and 4W will be provided at a single location. This will give Ather access to multiple locations across India and aims to collectively accelerate the pace of expansion of public charging networks and the adoption of EVs in India.

Magenta ChargeGrid is currently expanding its charging network to 35-40 cities in India with the aim to set up a network of around 11000 chargers by the end of FY23. This partnership with Magenta ChargeGrid will give Ather Grid access to premium locations across Tier I, Tier II & Tier III cities and highways in India and provide wider coverage for EV customers. These locations are strategically placed to make it easily accessible to EV owners and will also have desired electricity load availability for operations of the chargers.

Speaking on the association, Mr. Maxson Lewis, Founder and Managing Director, Magenta said, “At Magenta ChargeGrid, we strive to accelerate the EV adoption in the country by creating an end-to-end EV ecosystem. This collaborative approach with Ather Energy, shall further our vision and allow consumers to access network of smart and safe charging stations across the country and encourage a seamless EV adoption. This partnership approach will not just help Ather and other OEM players to rapidly scale their network but also help them to optimize the investment required.”

Nilay Chandra, VP-Charging Infrastructure and Marketing, said “We understand that the growth and expansion of reliable charging infrastructure is critical to facilitate the adoption of EVs in India. The charging infrastructure category is fast evolving, and we understand that collaboration with other charge point operators at this stage will help the industry grow at an exponential scale. Our partnership with Magenta is another step towards building this industry collaboration. It will bring increased convenience by setting up AtherGrids at hubs strategically identified by them. We will continue to lead the shaping of this industry with strategic partnerships on locations, connector standard collaborations, and working with the government on policy formulation.”

Magenta ChargeGrid has formed alliances with prominent DISCOMs across the country such as BSES, BESCOM and other key discoms with the goal of establishing a stronger EV charging ecosystem. The firm is also collaborating with multiple corporations in India with present association with bodies like Indore Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation. This is in addition to our ongoing strategic tie-ups with key hotel chains such as Fern, IBIS, amongst others, to build EV charging infrastructure within cities and on highways.

Since 2018, Magenta ChargeGrid has been developing EV solutions which are ‘Made in India and made for Indian weather conditions and usage. Under the three business verticals, (Magenta ChargeGrid chargers as a product, charging as a service (ChargeGrid) and eMobility (EVET), Magenta ChargeGrid provides integrated solutions to develop the whole EV ecosystem.

The company has been investing in strategic partnerships to alleviate range anxiety and increase EV adoption in the country.  Ather has partnered with charging operators like Zeon Charging and retail partners like Decathlon, Cafe Coffee Day, Blue Tokai etc and 15 other brands.

Since its inception, Ather Energy has actively focussed on building a fast-charging network – Ather Grid and has also released its IP for the charging connector to all OEMs. Currently, Ather has installed around 330+ fast-charging Ather Grid Points across 35 cities in the country. One can charge up to 80% at 1.5 km/min at Ather’s fast charging Grid. In the next 3 years, Ather plans to install 5,000 fast chargers across India, and these strategic partnerships are progressive steps towards the goal.

Ather Energy has expanded its retail footprint across key cities in India and is currently present in 31 cities with 36 retail stores. Over the next three years, Ather plans to increase its annual production capacity to one million scooters from four lakhs by the end of 2022, develop new products and increase its network to 600 stores.

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Greta Electric Scooters Opens New Manufacturing Unit at Faridabad



Greta Electric Scooters announced the setting up of a manufacturing unit at Faridabad. This move aims to expand its footprint in the Northern Indian market and is in response cater to the growing demand of electric vehicles.

The proximity to the National Capital Region and excellent access to the Northern Belt made Faridabad the destination of choice. This move will help reduce both cost & time to get products out to the market in the region.

The manufacturing facility with a capacity of producing 30,000 units annually will manufacture all models of Greta Electric Scooters.

With this move now Greta Electric Scooters will be able to reach its dealerships in 15-20 days across the region.

An elated Raj Mehta, Founder of Greta Electric Scooters, said, “Very excited with the new manufacturing facility in Faridabad. It is yet another step in being more accessible to our customers. This marks our unrelenting commitment to a greener world, with a commute that does not harm the environment. We plan to initiate an education drive to get more and more people to go the EV route, our small contribution to the GOI’s pledge to be zero-emission by 2030. We intend to look at local talent to fill vacancies that our expansion drive opens up.” 

Greta Electric Scooters distinguish themselves by offering best-in-class comfort and superior performance with mileage in the range of 100 km per charge. All four models come with DRL, EBS, reverse mode, ATA System, smart shift, Digital instrument cluster display, keyless start, disc brakes and anti-theft alarm. Greta Electric Scooters come in attractive colours and light designer consoles with extra-large storage space.

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