The year-end comes in with a bang in the world of e-mobility with Bengaluru-based e-mobility startup Bounce, bringing in a unique feature with the launch of its first electric scooter-Bounce Infinity E1. The USB of this EV is that it comes with swappable batteries that require no charging hassle. It also flaunts itself as one of the most affordable e-scooters to be sold with or without a battery pack. This scooter might look familiar to a few as Bounce has bought out the now-defunct 22Kymco’s operation and this scooter is essentially the 22Kymco I-flow launched in then June 2019.
Highlights of Bounce Infinity E1
- Bounce has joined the bandwagon of EV manufacturers in India with its E-scooter Infinity E1 to compete with rivals such as Ola S1, Bajaj Chetak Electric, TVS iQube & Ather 450X.
- The swappable battery infrastructure is highly vouched by the company & aims at eliminating the anxiety people have in terms of charging their EVs.
- Bounce offers ‘Battery as a service’ option with Infinity electric scooter for better affordability and hassle-free experience.
- Bounce aims at building swapping infrastructure for over a million scooters in the coming 24 months.
- Bounce Infinity Mobile App provides customers the ability to track the nearest battery-swapping station and also show the available charged batteries in the selected spot.
- Swapping battery infrastructure minimizes operational cost & downtime as well.
Bounce Infinity E1- Specifications & Features
Bounce has entered the league of Bajaj Chetak and likes with its curvaceous design complemented by a circular LED headlight that lends it a retro look, with identical styling and design elements of 22Kymco I-flow.
Bounce Infinity E1 is built on a tubular frame with a telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers and has a regenerative braking system. The scooter has alloys wrapped with tubeless tyres. Bounce Infinity E1 is powered by a Brushless DC hub motor producing 83 Nm torque & a top speed of 65 kmph & 0-40kmph is covered in 8 seconds. The kerb weight of Infinity E1 is 94kg. It houses a motor power of 1500W with automatic transmission. It comes in 2 variants- with & without battery, the latter is equipped with a removable 2kWh lithium-ion battery pack to get the power. With a conventional power socket, it takes around 4-5 hours to charge this e-scooter.
This new EV comes with an all-LED lighting system and a full-digital instrument cluster with smartphone compatibility. The digital speedometer shows information such as ignition status, side stand status, indicators, battery SOC status, Bluetooth status, high beam status, odometer reading, speed display, etc. It offers access to features like geofencing, theft & tow detection, remote tracking & battery charge status using a dedicated app.
The Bounce e-scooter serves extra practicality by providing 12-litre under-seat storage with a USB charging port and a utility hook on the apron and below the seat. It also features a reverse mode, crawl function or drag mode to allow the rider to drag the scooter in case of a puncture. The riding modes include Power & Eco.
Bounce Infinity E1 comes in 5 different colour options to choose from- Sparkle Black, Comet Gray, Sporty Red, Pearl White & Desat Silver.
Pricing & Delivery
The Bounce Infinity E1 costs ₹68,999 inclusive of battery while the cost for an e-scooter without battery is as low as ₹36,000, in a state like Gujarat where there is an additional state subsidy. Having said that, both variants are eligible for FAME II subsidies. The latter however comes with a paid subscription scheme, where the customer needs to pay to swap the battery (approx. ₹35 per swap) from one of the company’s upcoming swapping networks.
This revolutionary EV is available for booking at a token amount of ₹499 only. The delivery of this e-scooter will commence from March 2022. This e-scooter comes with a 3 year/50,000km warranty and one can also customize the e-scooter with special liveries through their official website.
All in all, for a company that has just stepped into the EV market, Infinity E1 seems like quite a commendable attempt with flexible pricing and futuristic views. It attempts to encourage prospective customers in making the switch to electric vehicles much easier. Let’s wait and hope that Bounce manages to set up a robust network of dealerships and swapping infrastructure soon, as both will be crucial for the manufacturer’s sustenance.