The electric bicycle-Urbansport has been launched by Indian lifestyle e-mobility startup VAAN Electric Moto Pvt Ltd. The Van Electric Moto brand was launched by Union Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Kochi on Friday.
It will initially be launched in Kochi, before being introduced to Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi in the future. The e-bike is available in two variants- Urbansport and Urbansport Pro- and is priced at Rs 59,999 and Rs 69,999 respectively.
The VAAN vehicles have a maximum assistance (top speed) of 25 km/h, and a pedal assisted range of 60 kilometres.
According to VAAN, a full charge requires just half a unit of electricity and costs about Rs 4-5. A removable battery pack, weighing 2.5 kg, would provide added convenience. It would require 4 hours to charge completely.
At the event, in which former MP Chandran Pillai also attended, Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden unveiled the VAAN brand logo.
Benelli Biciclette, the e-bike vertical of the Italian brand, provides both electric bikes with compact, 6061 aluminum unisex frames, saddles, rims, and handlebars.
“This electric pedal system includes a 250W electric motor, a 48 Volt, 7.5 Ah removable Lithium-ion battery, and five gear levels,” it said.
E-bikes from VAAN Urbansport are equipped with Smart LCD displays that offer all necessary information and can also be used to control the lights.
“A more stylish and premium e-bike, Urbansport Pro has alloy wheels and an electric motor that is neatly integrated into the rear hub. Urbansport Pro has 20 inch spoke wheels, a carrier that can carry 15 kilograms and an exposed electric motor,” the release said.
At its plant in Ernakulam, the company has a capacity of assembling 2,000 cycles per month, and they initially plan to sell around 8,000 to 10,000 cycles per year.
An e-bike with five electric gears has a power-assisted mode and a full-throttle mode ratcheting up its speed to 25 km per hour.
The lithium-based removable battery weighs around 2.50 kg and has a two-year warranty. It can be charged in around four hours and lasts for between 50 and 60 kilometres, depending on the mode of use.
VAAN, a lifestyle e-mobility startup in India, is branded by KISKA GMBH, Austria, a company owned by KTM.
At the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, it was launched globally. Benelli, a well-known motorcycle manufacturer, has partnered with Vaan for technology development.