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Okinawa receives 450 bookings for i-Praise electric scooter, sold out for 2018

Team OD  /
04 Jan 2019 20:45:14 IST

Last month, electric two-wheeler manufacturer Okinawa started accepting bookings for their flagship offering, the i-Praise. The booking amount was set at Rs 5,000 and could be done at any of the company's 250+ sales outlets all over India. And now the company has confirmed receiving 450 bookings in the pre-order phase. The company mentions a majority of the bookings for the i-Praise electric scooter have come from Tier I cities like Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Tier II - Bhopal, Nasik, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Ambala, Vishakhapatnam etc, and in Tier - III - Mysore, Bulandshahar, Gorakhpur, Warangal, Trichy, Thrissur etc. Okinawa also already confirmed that the i-Praise electric scooter will be launched in India by the end of January.

"We had set an initial target of closing bookings for 500 Okinawa i-Praise units by 15th January, 2019 and we are thrilled to announce that we have achieved 90 per cent of this target well ahead of time. A major reason behind these really positive numbers is the fact that the e-scooter is equipped with detachable lithium-ion batteries that compellingly address the issues related to battery charging and the time consumed for the same. We have got a good response from Tier – II & Tier - III cities as well, which shows consumers in those cities are looking forward to accept the advanced technology and attracted towards detachable battery. Further, the other USPs that make i-Praise "The Intelligent Scooter" such as its long charging range and reduced weight have made it a very appealing buy for consumers at a pan-India level," commented, Jeetender Sharma, MD, Okinawa Scooters.

The i-Praise has a claimed range of 160-180km on a single charge and has a top speed of 75kmph. The scooter comes with a detachable lithium-ion battery which has let it shed 40 per cent of its weight, compared to the lead-acid battery the Praise comes with. Okinawa claims a riding range of 160-180 km/charge, a reasonable charging time of two to three hours and weight that is about 30-40 per cent less than many of the other EVs in its category. The standard Praise is priced at Rs 59,889 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The i-Praise should come at some premium over this.

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