Simple Energy Mark 2 Electric Scooter Spotted Testing
Should the Ather 450x be worried?
Electric mobility has been picking up pace rather quickly. Here in India, at one end of the spectrum we have the likes of Detel and Geliose, while the other end has been dominated by Ather Energy. While this Bengaluru-based startup has been rapidly expanding to cities across the country, another company from India’s Silicon Valley has been quietly working on a premium EV. Simple Energy has now started testing its prototype on the track, and from the looks of it, the launch doesn’t seem far off.
The test mule spotted was heavily camouflaged, and hid the important aspects like headlight, taillight and even the console. That said, the scooter seems to be spacious enough to carry a pillion. The floorboard too doesn’t seem cramped. It has a sporty design and has been conceptualised using French tech giant, Dessault’s development platform.
Called the Mark 2 (final product name will be different), the e-scooter will sport LED illumination, touchscreen instrument console with bluetooth and navigation. The company also claims that the e-scooter will have the largest boot space amongst the e-scooters developed in India.
The Simple Energy Mark 2 will be powered by a 4.8kWh lithium-ion battery with a claimed range of 240km in eco mode and a top speed of 100kmph. It can sprint from nought to 50kmph in 3.6 seconds. Though the brand hasn’t divulged any details about the motor, it will be a mid-drive unit developing 9.5PS of power and 72Nm of torque. In comparison, the Ather 450X comes with a 6kW PMSM motor and a 2.9kWh battery that promises a range of 116km.
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The brand hasn’t announced the launch timeline of the e-scooter yet, but have already finalised the phase 1 of the manufacturing facility in Whitefield, Bengaluru. The facility will have an annual production capacity of 50,000 units. Once launched, the Simple Energy Mark 2 will offer a fresh and peppier alternative to the likes of the Bajaj Chetak Electric and TVS iQube Electric.