Okinawa Oki100 electric motorcycle concept shown at the Auto Expo 2018. This electric bike was expected to get launched by 2019 itself but somehow there was no new news of it from the company. Now, the manufacturer has officially confirmed that it will get launched in the Q3 of 2020, somewhere in Oct-Dec. So will this electric bike really bring change to the industry? Well, let’s find it out.
Charging and Range
Now talking about the specifications of the bike, the Okinawa Oki100 will be as good as a full-sized IC bike. It will be quite different than the concept model. The concept model was powered by a 72V 63Ah lithium-ion battery pack. It was claimed to have a top speed of 100 km/hr, the top speed might be the reason for its name. The max range was about 150 km which is good enough. Another good thing about the concept was that it had swappable batteries. As the battery is the only component that won’t be localised so having the swappable feature will be sceptical. These batteries can be charged in just two hours by the fast charger provided by the company. The company states that they have plans on highly localising the components of the bike. This will reduce the cost of the bike drastically.
Apart from the good powertrain, the bike will have a connected vehicle feature which we have already seen in various modern IC engine bikes as well. The headlamp and taillamp unit will be getting LED treatment. The braking will be done by the disc brakes for both wheels which will be then assisted by the single-channel ABS. The suspension duty is expected to be done by the USD forks at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear. Being an electric scooter there will be few connectivity features. The scooter will have a sim and it might get location-based services like geo-fencing and tracking.
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The Revolt RV400 electric bike has a very nice pricing scheme. You can literally take the bike home by just paying Rs 4,000. And of course, you have to pay the remaining amount in the form of monthly instalments. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see whether Okinawa brings an exciting scheme or not. They have to work on creating an initial demand for the electric bike.
We can expect the pricing to be a bit lower than the Revolt RV400. It should get launched around Rs 1-1.1 lakhs (ex-showroom). Apart from Revolt RV400, it will be competing against upcoming Tork T6X, Hero Electric AE-47 motorcycle (showcased at the Auto Expo 2020). However, Okinawa is quite settled electric two-wheeler brand in India and also has sold more than 60,000 scooters since its launch, so that should help Okinawa Oki100 to gain initial sales. Okinawa will also be launching the Cruiser – a maxi-scooter in coming days.