Mana Picks: 5 Electric Bike Startups that are Changing the Future of Commute!
Sales of electric vehicles are escalating in India. Electric bikes are cheaper to run, cheaper to maintain and are better for the environment. Change takes time and India is picking up its pace in opting for electric vehicles, signaling a turning point in its clean energy policy. The Indian government announced plans to provide subsidies and schemes to further aid the faster adoption of electric vehicles and their manufacturing.
In an effort to reduce harmful gasses that pollute the air in major cities in India and bring about a change in conventional transportation and mobility, these startups using the latest technologies are taking a leap into developing clean and green Electric Bikes.
1. Tork Motors
Tork is one of the earliest EV startups in India, founded in 2009 by Kapil Shelke. Previously a motorcycle racing firm, now using their learnings to develop electric vehicles for the urban commuter. Through their persistent efforts in the world of racing, they have gained insights into electric technology like none other. Successes at the Isle of Man TT and the TTX-GP series have been their extraordinary achievements.
Their first model, the Tork T6X is India’s first electric performance motorcycle. It ushers in a host of features like cloud connectivity and navigation capabilities making it a smart motorcycle. Tork is incorporating its own state-of-the-art electric motorcycle technology, TIROS (Tork Intuitive Response Operating System). Tiros systematically manages power consumption, gives real-time range forecast, learns the riding pattern and greatly improves the overall riding experience.
2. Revolt Motors
Rahul Sharma, the co-founder of Micromax, takes up the challenge of electric motorcycles by providing motorcycle-as-a-service at Revolt Motors. This next-generation two-wheeler startup addresses the high cost that is associated with electric vehicles. These bikes are integrated with features like mobile app connectivity and removable batteries. He plans to disrupt the Indian Auto industry which has never seen disruption in the last 30 years. Revolt introduced the first all-electric AI-enabled motorcycle series in India, the RV400 and the RV300. Revolt even revolutionizes the way a bike is bought by presenting the MyRevoltPlan, letting the customer own the bike from day one, by paying monthly installments, all in one plan.
3. Ather Energy
Betting that electric vehicles were inevitable, the duo from IIT Madras, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain in 2013 sought out to start Ather Energy. Ather built India's first intelligent electric scooters along with the first public charging infrastructure in Bangalore and Chennai. Ather made significant strides putting together a team of engineers and designers and raised investments from Hero motors and Flipkart’s founders in 2019. It was slow progress considering they built the scooter from scratch. The Ather 450 was designed to take on Indian roads. It’s built using an all-aluminum frame, packs a high powered motor and offers a good range. Every part of the electric bike has been interestingly redesigned and given minimalistic detail to it. Ather is shifting the way people commute.
4. Emflux Motors
Bengaluru-based tech startup Emflux Motors is about to disrupt the Indian e-mobility industry with its electric superbike Emflux One which would be India’s first electric superbike. They tackle the notion that electric vehicles are slow and not capable of matching up to fuel bikes by making a bike that goes 0 to 100 kmph in just 3 seconds with a top speed of 200kmph. Other than developing their own bikes, they also provide solutions to automobile makers such as battery packs, motor, and software tools like battery management systems, motor controller and many more. Launched in 2016 by Varun Mittal, Ankit Khatry and Vinay Raj Somashekar, they’re looking forward to making their mark in E-mobility.
Launched in 2017 by InMobi co-founder Amit Gupta, RK Mishra, Hemant Gupta, and Naveen Dachuri, Yulu Initially started as a bicycle-sharing platform. Yulu is aimed at providing a green solution for short-distance commute and also reduce traffic congestion. Yulu has raised $7 Mn in a seed funding round. The startup launched its electric scooter, Yulu Miracle, in February 2019, in Bengaluru. The low-speed, silent and light scooters with lithium-ion batteries are a perfect solution for urban traffic. Through a user-friendly mobile app, commuters can locate and unlock the scooter for a safe ride.
Electric Vehicles are a product that has begun to make its mark in the Indian market and the minds of consumers. A country like India has learned to embrace the changes growing in the ecosystem. It allows us to play our role in protecting the future of the world.
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