Bangalore-based EV startup Simple Energy will unveil it. The first electric scooter At the end of this month. Its biggest feature will be its ability to travel more than 200 kilometers on a single charge – double the current electric two-wheeler offering. Not only that, when it is finally available, some other records are expected to be claimed.
Beyond Unveiled on August 15., Tech Reader India. Sohas Rajkumar, CEO and founder of Saadha Energy, spoke exclusively about how his Simple One electric scooter will expand its benchmark setting range, performance record, manufacturing plans, charging network and India.
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Founded in 2019, Simple Energy’s goal was to build an electric scooter that would be able to cover a range of more than 200 kilometers, thus eliminating the range hassle that plagues most EVs today. Called the Simple One, it will be unveiled on August 15. At this price, it will not only be cheaper than the competition but will also offer more features and better performance.
Not sure how to get it out, we asked to take a closer look at how the e-scooter was designed from the start and everything else would be worth it.
How to achieve 200+ km limit.
From the beginning, the goal of simple energy was to build a scooter capable of offering a range of more than the average electric two-wheeler and to launch it only when it has a range of 200 km.
The biggest factor in this industry-leading range is the custom motor, developed by Simple Energy. In fact, it is the only OEM in India that has designed, manufactured and manufactured its own power train. Like smartphones and laptops, such vertical integration allows the simpler to make better use of the motor as it was designed keeping in mind the needs of the vehicle. in mind.
Sohas believes that this is the greatest power of simple energy and will give them a competitive advantage. “The tech owner is the market owner,” he declared. In the future, he hopes to turn his power train skills into a business venture, but will not directly license motor design to others. In fact, unlike other companies, it actually manufactures motors at home to give IP more protection.
In addition to motor patents, it also has patents on all mechanical components, design, battery packs, thermal management systems, etc., giving the scooter a lot of time to make it more aerodynamic and to lose weight. About 130 kg to 110 kg. Even headlights have customized solutions to reduce auxiliary power consumption.
Together, these simple energy-efficient 4.8-kilowatt batteries provide 35% more efficiency than similar solutions.
An uncompromising ride experience.
Naturally, our next inquiry was whether this range would actually be achievable or whether riders would have to drive very slowly and carefully. To our surprise, Sohas says that all users will be able to easily cross the 200 km mark.
For EVs, an easy way to give more range is to limit vehicle production and thus use less power. But that usually means significantly reducing performance, which can be a hindrance to the riding and safety experience.
We are pleased to announce that the Eco Mode of Simple One will be able to reach speeds of 45-50 kmph, which is higher than the average speed of the city. This means that consumers must not only be able to ride comfortably, but also have enough strength to outdo others when needed.
Four ride modes will be available on the scooter, the top mode offers the fastest acceleration on any scooter – 0-40 km / h in 3.1 seconds and 0-60 km / h in 3.6 seconds, 0-40 of the Aether 450X Kilometers in 3.3 seconds per hour. The top speed will be around 100 km per hour.
Second mover advantage.
For a company that has only been in existence for two years, this is a feat that can lead to such high performance. We explored how such a short change was possible, since electric vehicles usually have a lot of development cycles.
Sohas explained that when the company was registered in September 2019, work actually began in December 2018. Most of the 60 employees who worked on creating Simple One came from backgrounds that were directly or indirectly related to EVs, which greatly reduced problem solving times, about 70% of the time and effort spent on the power train. Dedicated to completion, for which a team of 25 members is dedicated. The company’s strength is expected to double in the coming months.
Simple energy also took advantage of the second move as the industry is still in its infancy. Supply chains and vendors are now more advanced, helping to better understand the market and come up with better solutions.
Tarun Mehta, CEO of Aether Energy, echoes this sentiment because he sees other electric scooter makers not as competitors, but as partners who are helping the segment grow faster. Yes, bring a large economy and improve the supplier network.
99% of the ingredients are sourced from India.
When simple energy was introduced, about 85 percent of its components were targeted for localization because it expected to be more dependent on imports of some parts. However, once growth picked up speed and investors came on board, it managed to achieve almost complete localization. Simple, every ingredient. In addition to cells, From India.
In the coming weeks, the company will announce. New era of funding And it has a manufacturing plan because it’s close to delivery. A factory with a capacity of 50,000 units is in the final stages.
Interested customers will be able to book their simple One Electric Scooter immediately after launch, but delivery will begin early next year in metro cities. There will also be experimental centers in each area to better serve customers. The first company-owned center will soon be set up in Bangalore.
Designed for the future.
In April, Simple Energy released photos of it. Mark 2 prototypes in action. Although it was wrapped up on a test track, some design elements can still be seen. Sahas tells us that the last scooter of Simple One is much better and better than what we have seen before.
Many improvements have been made inside as well. The battery is rated IP68 for water and dust resistance, the battery pack and motor space have been improved to provide a higher efficiency and a better center of gravity, as well as smaller opportunities.
As seen on other electric scooters, even the simple one will have a 7-inch touch screen dashboard that will be the center of the experiment. In addition to being a control center, it will have features like GPS navigation, 4G connectivity, reverse gear, real-time efficiency, custom themes and accents, Bluetooth connectivity for calls and music, and ride data. ۔
It will also come with a patented “smart stand” which is thought to be much safer. More details will be shared at the launch.
There will be two features that will be unique from simple energy at launch. The first is a holiday mode that puts the scooter into a deep sleep, where its battery will not run out for a period of 6-7 months.
More interestingly, the app will have the option to set a scheduled start time. This will ensure that one is warm and ready to use when you need it, thus saving the battery some hassle and degradation that a cold boot will bring.
More features will be added through future OTA updates, but the company wants to wait and collect more usage data to understand and prioritize additions.
A fast charging network is also being set up in launch cities for consumers. Although the connector will be proprietary, it is ultimately open to the idea of allowing other vehicles to use its infrastructure.
With just two weeks to go before launch, the days of simple energy are numbered. If the specs and features claimed are true as promised, there is no need to worry about it from a product point of view. Sohas assured us that despite so many upgrades, a simple one would still fetch a price of Rs 1.1-1.2 lakh.
When asked what he would like to see in the Indian EV sector in the future, he sought government subsidies to encourage manufacturing.