Omega Seiki, Log9 target India's e-commerce market with 95km range e-three-wheeler

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Jul 2022


EV manufacturer Omega Seiki Mobility and the Bengaluru-headquartered advanced battery-tech and deep-tech start-up Log9 Materials today unveiled a jointly-developed, upgraded, longer-range version of Rage+ electric three-wheeler named ‘Rage+ RapidEV Pro’, which comes equipped with Log9’s 7.7 KWh battery, the RapidX 8000. The Rage+ RapidEV Pro, powered by a new 7.7kWH Log9 battery, is available in two variants – the cargo body with 140 and 170 cubic feet.

Integrated with Log9’s cutting-edge InstaCharge battery technology, this e-three-wheeler vehicle platform, which has been specifically designed for India’s e-commerce logistics segment, gets fully charged (from 0 to 100%) in 45 minutes, provides up to 95km range, can deliver longer distance on a single charge, and operate across very wide temperatures ranging from -40deg to 60deg Celsius. The electric three-wheeler offers a battery life of over 10,000 cycles and has a warranty of 6 years or unlimited kilometres.

Log9 and OSM have also tied up with fleet operators MoEVing in Delhi and LetsTransport in Bengaluru, which will be the first to deploy the eco-friendly Rage+ RapidEV Pro.

In November 2021, OSM and Log9 jointly launched the Rage+ RapidEV which had been integrated with Log9’s 5.8 KWh battery. Their next product is the Rage+ Rapid EV Pro, which with its increased range is expected to see strong demand from the last-mile delivery vehicle market, which is riding a surging wave of demand from the booming e-commerce industry.

Furthering lowering total cost of ownership
Speaking on the unveiling of the vehicle, Kartik Hajela, co-founder and COO, Log9 Materials said, “We are happy and glad to further our collaboration with Omega Seiki Mobility through the rollout of Rage+ Pro InstaCharged by Log9’s RapidX batteries. Given the enhanced range that our powerful, longer-lasting battery offers to the vehicle, the Rage+ RapidEV Pro will redefine TCO for a typical e-three-wheeler used for the ecommerce industry, thus making the value proposition even more lucrative for customers."

Haleja added, "With e-commerce spreading its influence into new markets such as Tier 2, where the charging infra is scarcely and rarely available, vehicles such as the Rage+ Pro that are able to run long distances on a single charge will be key enabler for faster adoption of EVs. Additionally, taking into consideration the scope of opportunity charging enabled by Log9 batteries, the customers/vehicle owners will now be able to enhance their asset utilization to up to 1.5 times as that of conventional electric three-wheelers.”

Eyeing sales of over 5,000 units in FY2023
Alongside the advanced battery tech, the Rage+ Rapid EV Pro also comes equipped with some key upgrades on the reliability and robustness aspects of the vehicle, to facilitate lower maintenance costs over the long-term. Omega Seiki Mobility and Log9 aim to sell over 5,000 Rage+ RapidEV Pros by end-FY2023. These deployments will start from New Delhi and Bengaluru, after which various other cities will be targeted and tapped into.

Uday Narang, founder and chairman, Omega Seiki Mobility said, “OSM has always believed in constant innovation and is always working to make the product portfolio a step ahead of the competition. We continue to expand our partnership with Log9 to further amplify our efforts to co-create class-leading affordable and sustainable last-mile solutions.”

He added, “We have an order book of 50,000-plus cargo electric three-wheelers. We are aggressively expanding our operations with the launch of new facilities and products. Our aim is to change the face of mobility in the country. Our plans for the future are to create fast-charging solutions for our upcoming trucks and tractors.” 

Vikas Mishra, founder and CEO, MoEVing said, “Well designed EVs with high-quality batteries are extremely important for the EV sector. Our platform’s holistic solutions to accelerate EV adoption, with data being at the centre of our strategy, has us working with leading ecosystem players like Log9 and OSM to ensure that our goal of sustainable mobility and sustainable livelihood for drivers is accomplished. We at MoEVing are now excited to be part of the unveil of Rage+ RapidEV Pro vehicle."

Pushkar Singh, CEO, Lets Transport added, "We are working with our customers to build cleaner and sustainable logistics solutions. With low operational and maintenance costs, we are seeing EVs play a pivotal role in intra-city and last-mile logistics. Our emphasis is on strengthening the EV ecosystem by enabling financing of EVs, partnering with different CPOs and CSO, as well as enabling a marketplace for the resale of EVs in the near future. We are excited to partner with Log9 and OSM, and look forward to deploy up to 1000 EVs within the next 12-18 months across 7 major cities – Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Along with Sun Mobility, we aim to jointly provide customisable, integrated logistics solutions to our e-commerce, retail, FMCG, 3PL and other enterprise clients".

Log9 has leveraged its cell-to-pack competency to develop its RapidX batteries that provide 9x faster charging, 9x better performance, and 9x battery life. Log9 says its InstaCharge technology brings down the total charging time which further optimises the utilisation of charging infrastructure and operational profitability for fleets. 

Its partner Omega Seiki Mobility is the first EV OEM to have two-, three- and four-wheelers in its product portfolio. OSM EVs currently ply in 20 cities across India, clocking over 10 lakh electric kilometres a month.

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