Okinawa Scooters has launched the i-Praise electric scooter. The scooter is priced at Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), the i-Praise has already received over 450 bookings in its pre launch phase. The scooter is available in shades of glossy red black, glossy golden black and glossy silver black. Okinawa’s i-Praise boasts of several segment first features like the detachable lithium-ion battery that the EV is bringing to India.
The battery used in i-Praise requires only a 5A power socket, making it possible to recharge even in areas with inadequate public support infrastructure for EVs. Residents in high-rise buildings, which are quickly becoming the norm across Indian cities, will also be able to charge their vehicles as conveniently as they can charge their mobile phones.
Okinawa claims that the i-Praise is good for 160-180 kilometres of range on a full charge coupled with a charging time of 2-3 hours. Okinawa also claims that the i-Praise weighs about 30-40% less than many of the other EVs in its category.
Elaborating further on the success of i-Praise booking, Mr. Jeetender Sharma, MD, Okinawa Scooters, said, “The team at Okinawa has pulled out all the stops to create a truly revolutionary product with i-Praise and we are delighted to see the incredible response that the EV has received even in its pre-launch phase. It is also a proud moment for us that an elite, forward-looking organization such as the Indian Navy has become the first customer for i-Praise. This not only demonstrates the strength of our product, but also encourages us to continue with our vision to innovate and transform the Indian automobile market.”
“As the e-scooter is officially unveiled in the Indian market, we are certain that it will raise the benchmark for the industry as a whole and create explosive growth in the adoption and acceptance of EVs across the country. With its detachable lithium-ion batteries that compellingly address the issues related to battery charging and the time consumed for the same, the EV is also generating a massive demand in tier II and III cities which is a great development,” he added.
Tier I cities such as Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad; Tier II cities like Bhopal, Nashik, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Ambala, Vishakhapatnam, etc. and Tier III cities such as Mysore, Bulandshahar, Gorakhpur, Warangal, Trichy, Trissur etc. have been at the forefront of the demand for i-Praise.
The features of Okinawa i-Praise can be accessed via the ‘Okinawa Eco’ app available on Google Play store. The prominent of these include: Geo-fencing technology allows the user to set a virtual perimeter ranging from 50 m to 10 km and to receive an alert anytime the vehicle moves beyond this space. It ensures vehicle safety from unauthorized movement. Virtual Speed limit feature in i-Praise helps users to set speed thresholds for the vehicles. This especially helps parents to immediately get an alert message on the app to ensure they do not over-speed.
Curfew hours feature is for those working late night hours or are sure to be occupied during a long meeting, the e-scooter’s curfew feature helps to set ‘no ride hours’ which will continue for the defined period till the user sets it off. Battery health tracker is provided to help avoid helpless circumstances, it helps users keep track of the vehicle’s battery health. Users receive in-application notifications when the battery level goes below a set mark.
The Okinawa i-Praise is equipped with a SOS features through which you can add a few emergency contacts to the app. The listed people will receive a notification through message or mail in case of any distress call generated by the user. Continuous monitoring system has been provided to track continuous riding behaviour that observes the rider’s driving tendencies and provides continuous feedback. It provides information on hard braking, hard acceleration, hard left-right turn and speeding instance by the rider.
Trips feature enables the rider to check all the trips taken by the vehicle on a particular date. Users can see exact details of the trips such as start/end point, how many trips it made, how many kilometres it travelled in the chosen time range. Directions feature helps the rider to get directions to your location and operates it via the rider’s phone. It automatically picks the rider’s current location as the start point.
Maintenance / Insurance reminder feature provides users with constant reminders regarding upcoming insurance payment cycles and periodic maintenance/servicing of the vehicles. Vehicle status feature shows an overall status of the vehicle, with different demarcations such as ignition status, battery voltage, current and average speed and immobilisation mode status.