It was hoped to begin deliveries in June 2022, but that deadline has been revised to September 2022. The delivery of Simple Energy’s electric scooter, the Simple ONE, has been delayed until September.
- The company had claimed deliveries would start by June.
- Due to changes in EV guidelines, there has been a delay.
- Test rides for the Simple ONE will start on July 20
A delay in the delay ( Simple One )
On August 15, 2020, the Bengaluru-based startup announced that it would begin delivering its flagship scooter – the ONE – by the end of 2021. In January, the date was pushed back to June, and the company said deliveries would begin that month. Despite this, CEO Suhas Rajkumar recently announced yet another delay to September.
According to Simple Energy, the most recent delay is due to industry-wide new guidelines and certifications regarding battery health and overall vehicle safety. According to the CEO, the earlier delay was caused due to supply chain issues.
The Schedule of test rides has been announced
Even though deliveries have been delayed, the company will start offering test rides for prospective customers on July 20 in Bengaluru before rolling out to 13 cities. More information is available on the company’s website. It will be conducted in more cities in the coming weeks as part of the company’s first phase of test rides.
The company says there are over 30,000 people pre-booking its scooters, and the final product will look slightly different from the prototype we saw at the launch event, with updates to the headlamp and tail-light.
The company also claims to be working on improving rider ergonomics, vehicle dynamics, and suspension comfort. Moreover, performance improvements have also been promised, but they will be revealed at a later date.
While certain things would remain the same, there are a couple we should still be aware of – the promised real-world range of 203km and the Rs 1.1 lakh ex-showroom price. As previously reported, the launch details mentioned a 4.5kW motor that produced 72Nm of torque, but the peak power figure has since been updated to 8.5kW (continuous output remains at 4.5kW and torque output remains at 72Nm). Both the fixed and removable battery components are included in the battery set-up, with a combined capacity of 4.8 kWh.
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