22 Motors Flow Electric Scooter To Get Hill-assist Feature
The electric scooter maker has successfully applied for a patent for this technology
- The new hill-assist technology will feature in all of 22 Motor’s electric two-wheelers.
- Besides hill-assist, the Flow also gets features like riding modes and a reverse mode.
- Deliveries for the 22 Motors Flow will start from the second half of this year.
22 Motors has successfully applied for a worldwide patent for a hill-assist feature for its electric two-wheelers. The firm can now apply this technology in all of its electric two-wheelers including the Flow. Company sources have informed us that the Flow electric scooter will be available from the second half of this year.
The hill-assist feature has been used extensively in executive class cars with automatic transmissions. This feature prevents the vehicle from rolling back when it is stationary on an uphill slope and the driver takes his foot off the brake. Having this feature on the scooter will be helpful if you are on an uphill climb in traffic.
The upcoming Flow electric scooter will be the first one to get the hill-assist feature. It was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo at Rs 74,740 (ex-showroom Delhi) with deliveries scheduled to begin in the latter part of this year. This scooter already has a lot of interesting features like rider modes and even a reverse mode. It also gets a geo-fencing feature which allows the owner to switch off the scooter remotely via an app in case it is stolen.
22 Motors has also partnered with Kymco to use the latter’s swappable ioNEX batteries. Together, they are also working towards setting up a charging infrastructure in India, similar to the AtherGrid.
Here’s the official press release from the brand for more details:
22Motors acquires patent for Hill Assist feature: a global first in two-wheelers
Redefines road safety for its customers
Gurgaon, May 28, 2019: 22Motors, the new age electric mobility solutions company, obtained a worldwide patent for its invention of the hill assist control feature, a first in two-wheelers globally. A perfect example of intelligent engineering, the patent was filed on 7th February 2019 and was granted on 9th May 2019.
Adding to customer safety, 22Motors has further fortified its thoughtful riding experience for their consumers with this achievement. The special feature will provide riders with a composed all-terrain journey while also eliminating any possibility of accidents when on inclined ground. On a gradient, hill-assist control automatically engages and stops the two-wheeler from rolling backwards and gives the rider a few seconds to accelerate forward. This system also prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards during bumper-to-bumper traffic, a feature useful in the urban areas.
Mr. Parveen Kharb, CEO and Co-founder – 22Motors said, “We often underestimate the dangers of riding uphill and while most four-wheelers are complete with safety features like hill start assist, we firmly believe that everyone has an equal right to safety. We felt the need to engineer similar technology for two-wheelers and we are thrilled that our commitment to deliver the best to our consumers has been recognised in the form of this patent. At 22Motors, rider safety is integral to our business and our products speak for our philosophy. This invention is yet another step in our journey to make premium products that are futuristic, powerful and practical.”
The hill assist feature is one among many others that keep 22Motors ahead of its time. 22Motors’ upcoming model – the Flow – has three modes: Reverse mode, Cruise mode and Drag mode. With the inclusion of the reverse mode, 22Motors becomes the first two-wheeler globally to save their riders the hassle of manually backing up the vehicle every time they bring the scooter out of the parking area. The drag mode available on the scooter allows riders to continue riding the scooter during a breakdown at 3 kilometres per hour, which is the average walking speed, eliminating the need to drag the scooter. The features are a result of not only listening in closely to the consumer but deep diving into their needs.
Established in 2016, Twenty Two Motors Pvt. Ltd. is a new-age smart electric vehicle innovator. The company focuses on developing advanced connected electric vehicles to change the urban landscape and providing powerful, smart vehicles to the technology-savvy generation. The 22Motors’ product portfolio is ahead of time infused with superior technology that are supported with artificial intelligence (AI), lithium ion storage, Internet of Things (IOT) along with advanced smart features to provide the best machines in the space till date.