Kinetic Green launches Safar Jumbo e3W, claims 50p per kilometre operating cost

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 27 Oct 2020

Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions has launched an electric cargo three-wheeler, the Kinetic Safar Jumbo. The company says the Safar Jumbo has been designed ground up at Kinetic’s DSIR-recognised EV R&D lab and is fully indigenous.

The e3W is said to be specially designed as a cost-efficient and convenient solution for last-mile delivery needs in urban India. The new Kinetic Safar Jumbo falls under the L5 category, has a GVW of over 1-tonne, with a specially developed cargo box with close to 150 square feet cubic capacity and a payload of 500kg.

This, according to the company, makes it  suitable for the requirements of many segments including the growing e-commerce segment for home delivery of various kinds of orders including groceries. Further, the vehicle is suitable for the distribution of gas cylinders and water, for waste collection and management, delivery of FMCG goods from whole sellers to retailer’s home delivery of white goods, and special applications like ‘sabzi or meals on wheels’.

Kinetic claims the running cost for the e3W is as low as 50 paise per km as against over Rs 3 per km for the diesel engine-based cargo three-wheelers.

The Safar Jumbo has a top speed of 55kph and has a gradeability of 10 degrees. Product highlights include a full steel body, CED coated steel chassis, digital cluster, dynamic SOC, CAN-based controller with interactive Kinetic Konnect app and GPS, independent rear suspension giving better stability, hydraulic brakes and a gearbox designed by Kinetic Engineering.

Safar Jumbo is equipped with an advanced lithium-ion battery pack designed to give a range of 120km on a single charge. The vehicle will also be available on a swappable battery platform. The electric loader that is developed from the ground up is eligible for the FAME II subsidy offered by the government to customers and will come with best in class warranty of 3-years.

Sulajja Firodia Motwani, founder and CEO, Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions said, “We are extremely proud to bring this game-changer e3W to the Indian market. Its high performance and large load-carrying capacity make it a strong contender to lead the home delivery revolution in India. Over the last few years and especially in post-COVID ‘new normal’, we have seen massive growth in the e-commerce segment in India, for home delivery of all sorts of products and groceries. Our Safar Jumbo is specially designed to meet the needs of the e-commerce companies and their logistics partners, offering them a sustainable last-mile delivery solution at a phenomenal cost of 50 paise per km, which will bring down their delivery cost."

"Our innovative Safar Jumbo is getting excellent responses from these customers and we are already running pilots with several companies. We will start commercial supplies of Safar Jumbo from November and expect to deliver over 5,000 vehicles in the next 6-7 months. We will slowly roll out variants of the vehicle for different applications like gas cylinder distribution, waste collection and hope that we can contribute to making India green in a big way. Our group company, Kinetic Mobility, will also offer the e-cargo fleet to select customers on ‘lease’ basis to help seed the concept and we are sure that once customers experience the benefits of e-mobility,” added Motwani.

At present, the company has a dealership network of around 175 dealers across India and the new e3W will be rolled out to all dealerships over the next few weeks.

Kinetic Green’s manufacturing facility at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, has an assembly capacity of 6,000 electric 3-wheelers per month. The company is also planning to introduce high-speed passenger variant on same technology platform in the coming months.