Battery-driven Electric Scooters Debut in Kochi, India

About 60 per cent of the parts are manufactured in Andhra Pradesh while the components like charger, controller and motor are being imported from China.

Published: 01-Jan-2007

The two-wheeler market is set to witness a change with the arrival of battery-operated vehicles in Kochi. The electric scooter has been introduced in the city by a Bangalore-based company and is slowly gaining acceptance among the people.

The two-wheeler operates on battery that can be recharged. It takes 4-5 hours for charging the four-battery pack used in the vehicle. The battery can be charged by simply plugging on to the electric power supply available at home or office. It requires less than one unit of power for charging the batteries fully, according to the distributors of the vehicle. A vehicle with a fully charged battery system is claimed to be capable of running about 50 km. The battery could be recharged for further use.

As the vehicle does not need petroleum fuel, the customer will gain immensely, according to S.K. Ani who heads the distribution in Kochi. His agency has already distributed 48 vehicles in Kochi since the outlet was opened on November 30, according to him.

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