Bangalore's e-scooter sharing platform inducts 70 Okinawa scooters, aims 5,000 e-2Ws by 2019

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 29 Oct 2018

Once known as the perfect retreat for retirees and an oasis of beauty and comfort, Bangalore, is now perpetually in the news for its rising urban mobility challenges, deteriorating air quality and endless traffic roadblocks. The city has seen a growing trend towards ride sharing and adoption of electric vehicles. This can be seen with a wide number of ride sharing companies inducting EVs in their fleet.

Joining the trend is Bangalore-based electric two-wheeler sharing start-up Fae Bikes, which has ordered 70 units of Okinawa Ridge+. The two have joined hands to plug the current sustainability crisis in the Garden City.

Okinawa says its Ridge+ e-scooters will make a good match for the two-wheeler sharing service. The scooter can reach a top speed of 55 km/hr and a mileage of 120km/charge, and also designed to provide high comfort and security in all kinds of terrain. The company says the scooter is specifically suited for urban roads, and its easy manoeuvrability is one of the significant reasons why Fae Bikes decided to opt for this model to expand its fleet. 

Commenting on the announcement, Jeetender Sharma, managing director, Okinawa Autotech, said, “Fae Bikes’ vision truly complements that of Okinawa – of making power-packed e-scooters the preferred way of travelling across the country. The company has been popularising this concept in Bangalore with great success and we are proud to partner with it and add the Ridge+ to its growing fleet.”

“Last mile connectivity has emerged as one of the foremost challenges to urban mobility in India today. To address the same, scooter rental companies are pulling out all the stops to offer a sustainable solution and adoption of powerful e-vehicles has surfaced as the most relevant choice for them to deal with the problem,” added Sharma.

Dheeraj Reddy, co-founder, Fae Bikes, said, “Fae Bikes provides high-speed electric scooters for last-mile connectivity. For us, the quality of ride for our customers is paramount. Okinawa offers high-speed electric scooters with good distance range at great pricing and this was the main reason why we decided to partner with it. In a short time, it has become a major player in the e-vehicle ecosystem across India and our plan is to follow a similar expansion trajectory. We have started with our first batch of Ridge+ e-scooters from Okinawa and we will expand our fleet to 5,000 electric scooters in the next one year.”