Twenty Two Motors will reveal their final production model at the 2018 Auto Expo.
A new tech start-up company – Twenty Two Motors, established in 2016, has revealed their first electric scooter prototype and their innovations in battery technology. The prototype has been named as FLOW which the manufacturer is claiming is a smart scooter enabled with Artificial Intelligence which will be focused towards young Indian buyers.
Twenty Two Motors has designed a clever packaging for the lithium-ion batteries which power the FLOW electric vehicle. The packaging allows the battery to be compact, and portable, additionally the manufacturer is also claiming is designed to be robust as well. This battery will allow the FLOW a maximum claimed range of 80 kilometres on a single charge which takes only two hours, while a single 10-minute charge can provide enough juice for 20 kilometres. The Scooter has a maximum speed of 60km/h, while higher variants will have the option of a second battery which can be stored under the seat. The luggage compartment under the seat is also large enough to store two helmets as well.
The FLOW prototype features telescopic front fork suspension with front and rear dual hydraulic shock absorber, Dual ABS and EBS and an in-built mobile charger. The FLOW is connected to a cloud server through which the vehicle's performance can be updated and tracked remotely using the smartphone app. The FLOW also features full LED lighting with a classic round headlamp which gives it a retro look as well.
While other EVs will require their batteries to be replaced after a certain number of charging cycles, Twenty Two Motors has stated that their batteries will have a 50,000-kilometre warranty, after which all replacement batteries will be free of charge to the customer.
Parveen Kharb, CEO and Co-Founder, Twenty Two Motors said, "We conducted surveys and open houses for about 500 customers in NCR, Pune and Jaipur and the response was overwhelming. We have invested about Rs 5 million in the manufacturing facility in Bhiwadi which has an installed capacity of 10,000 units. We will look at increasing the capacity of the manufacturing facility which would be decided after the rollout of the first batch vehicles next year. "
With an investment of Rs. 5 million, Twenty Two Motors has set up a manufacturing facility in Bhiwadi with an annual capacity to produce 10,000 units. The pricing is expected to be around the Rs. 60,000 – 70,000 mark. However, it will be interesting to see how much of these promises will be kept when the final production version of the FLOW will be revealed at the upcoming Auto Expo in February 2018 while the products are scheduled to hit the market in 2018.