Okinawa, the Indian electric 2-wheeler manufacturer has launched the swanky new Praise electric scooter in the market. With the electric vehicles still stabilizing in India, the Okinawa Praise looks like a giant step in the market. Here are 10 things that you don’t know about the electric scooter.
Fastest electric scooter
The Okinawa Praise is the most powerful electric scooter in India. It is powered by a 2,500 watt or 3.5 Bhp electric motor that can propel the scooter to up to 75 km/h. The 3.5 Bhp may seem low but the motor generates a high torque of 40 Nm, which is quite useful.
Lasts the longest
The powerful motor draws power from a 72 Volt/ 45 Ah lead-acid battery. It can keep the scooter up and running for 170 to 200 km on a single charge. That is the longest range of any electric scooter available in India. The second closest scooter regarding range is the Hero Wave that can do about 100 km on a full charge.
LEDs are the most energy-efficient lighting solution and to make sure to use the last juice of the battery efficiently, Okinawa has put LED lights on the scooter. It is the only scooter to get LED lamps in India at the moment. It gets full LED lamps and an underlined sweeping LED stripe that acts as LED DRL.
Just like the superbikes, and premium sports tourers, the Okinawa Praise gets three riding modes that alter the power delivery. There is Economy, Sporty and Turbo modes. In Economy mode, the power output is restricted to 18 Nm and top speed to 35 km/h. In the Sporty mode, the scooter can do 65 km/h while in Turbo, it can reach the top speed of 75 km/h with full utilisation of 40 Nm of power.
Disc brakes all around
Both the wheels of the scooter get disc brakes. The front disc brake is quite big and is specially mounted rims. This gives the scooter a much beefier look and according to Okinawa, it provides up to 1.8 times better braking power than the conventional set-up.
Keyless start/stop are mostly seen in the cars nowadays but they have also started featuring on high-end bikes. Okinawa also features a keyless start-stop function, which allows the scooter to start without a physical key. The rider can keep the key safe in the pocket or a bag and still ride the scooter.
Quick charging coming soon
Currently, the scooter is only powered by a Lead-Acid battery but Okinawa will soon launch the Lithium-ion powered Praise. It will get a quick-charging system that will enable the scooter to charge up to 80% in just 45 minutes.
Its lithium-ion battery will last a lifetime
The lithium-ion battery that will be launched soon will likely to last a lifetime. It will get a life-cycle of about 2,000 cycles. It means that the scooter will be able to do around 3.4 lakh kms before the battery needs to be replaced. It essentially means that the battery will last the lifetime of the scooter.
The electric scooter gets a host of features like 12-inch alloy wheels with tubeless tyres, telescopic front forks, mobile charging point, gas charged rear shock absorbers and E-ABS. The E-ABS is not like conventional ABS, however, it distributes the brake force applied by the rider to rear wheel equally to the front wheel. It makes the braking much safer and can bring the scooter to stop quicker.
The scooter also gets an anti-theft sensor that will trigger an alarm if someone tries to take it away. The anti-theft sensor is placed on the main stand of the scooter. No other scooter gets such a feature in India yet.
Fully digital instrument console
The Okinawa Praise gets a fully digital instrument console on the dashboard. The small, blue backlit instrument console shows the speed, battery level and also gets trip meters.