Electric scooter manufacturer Okinawa has decided to use its lithium-ion battery pack, which offers better range and a quicker charge time, in its entire product line-up.
Electric two-wheeler maker Okinawa, which was founded in 2015, has officially announced that the company will be pulling the plug on lead-acid battery packs of its scooters. Okinawa began operations when the electric two-wheeler market was at a more nascent stage in India. Lead-acid battery packs are more affordable than high-tech lithium-ion battery packs, which have become the norm in other electric bikes as well. At the time when Okinawa started selling EVs, a large majority of electric scooters sold in India were powered by lead-acid batteries, but now its time for the shift, given the standing of its competition.
'We are shifting to 100 per cent lithium-ion battery pack based two-wheelers. When we launched the brand, lead-acid was the most advanced option available in the market. Now, with rigorous growth of the industry and the brand, we have taken a step ahead and have discontinued lead-acid battery-pack-based products. Not only will Okinawa products be equipped with lithium-ion battery packs, offering efficiency, but they will also come with detachable batteries ensuring convenience to users,' said Jeetender Sharma- MD and Founder, Okinawa.
Okinawa commenced sales of its products three years ago with the lead-acid battery-powered Okinawa Ridge electric scooter and launched four more lead-acid battery electric scooters in the course of time. Over the years, Okinawa gradually brought in lithium-ion battery electric scooters that can hold more charge, can be quickly charged, and offer longer riding range.
Okinawa focuses on domestic production for its e-scooters, as a result, the brand produces a detachable lithium-ion battery, microprocessor controller, and permanent magnet BLDC motor indigenously.
At the moment, Okinawa has five e-scooter models on sale, which include the R30, Lite, Ridge Plus, Praise Pro, and iPraise, with prices ranging between Rs 59,000 and Rs 1.08 lakh (ex-showroom).