Simple One electric scooter test drives announced, delivery delayed

The Bengaluru based electric vehicle startup Simple Energy Pvt. Ltd. recently announced the commencement of test rides for its first flagship electric scooter – the Simple One.

Simple One electric scooter test drives announced, delivery delayed

The EV scooter will be available for test rides in 13 major cities across India, and individuals who are interested in testing out the long-awaited premium electric scooter will be able to do so. The company however also announced that the Simple One electric scooter deliveries have been delayed once again, and this time around the company has cited “safety regulations” as the cause of the delay.

Simple Energy on its social media platforms shared a schedule of the upcoming scooter’s test ride dates in various cities of the nation. The company on its Twitter handle said, “Ready. Set. Go. #BeTheFirst to experience the future with our flagship scooter ‘Simple ONE’ in your city. Stay tuned for the registration link on our website.”

The first phase of the test rides will begin on July 20th in Bangalore which will then be followed by Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Panaji, and other cities, according to the company’s schedule. Interested customers can reserve their test ride slots in their cities by visiting the company’s website. In the coming months, Simple plans to perform testing in a number of additional cities as well.

Meanwhile, for the delayed deliveries of the scooter the company said, “Update on Simple ONE deliveries – Simple is committed to ensuring optimal vehicle safety and in-depth R&D before our vehicles hit the road. We are anticipating new guidelines and certifications in light of recent events in the industry, which have delayed the delivery of the flagship scooter- the Simple ONE. We appreciate your patience throughout this process, regardless of the delay. Join us in electrifying the nation, as we look forward to pan-India deliveries.”

In other Simple One news, earlier in April, the company also announced that the flagship EV model has crossed the 55,000 bookings mark in the financial year that ended in March. The founder and CEO of Simple Energy Suhas Rajkumar also revealed that the company will be announcing a new model during the same time the deliveries of the Simple One commences. He stated, “After One, our second offering will be announced in June this year. It will be a more affordable scooter against our current performance-oriented One e-scooter”

Meanwhile, in March of this year, the company also launched an additional battery pack for their flagship EV scooter Simple One which claims to offer a range of over 300 km on a single full charge. Simple Energy also upgraded the electric motor of the e-scooter with a more powerful one.

Simple One’s range has been increased from 235 km to 300 km with this upgraded battery pack. According to the company, this range enhancement was introduced to help consumers with range anxiety by allowing them to go longer distances. A new, more powerful motor with 8.5 kWh of power and 72 Nm of torque was also added for increased performance, thermal management, and efficiency. The new motor offers a 96 percent efficiency while running at maximum power.

The scooter is currently priced at Rs 1,09,999 (ex-showroom) for the standard variant, which has a real-world range of 203 kilometres (up to 236 kilometres in ideal conditions), and Rs 1,44,999 (ex-showroom) for the long-range configuration, which has a range of more than 300 kilometres. The scooter can be pre-booked on for Rs 1,947.