Okinawa Becomes 1st Electric Scooter Brand to Get FAME-II Approval
Okinawa Gets FAME-II Approval in India: Okinawa has become the first brand to follow the guidelines for the Indian manufacturers by the government to reap the benefits from the FAME-II scheme. The subsidy available on both the Ridge+ and i-Praise makes them quite feasible in comparison to their earlier price tags. The product applying under the FAME 2 scheme must have more than 50% local components, Li-ion batteries, a top speed of at least 40 kmph and above all, the capability to ride for more than 80 kilometres on a single charge.
The clause of having regenerative braking makes it even tougher for brands to update all their products to the new specs. For Okinawa, the scooters were already available with all the advanced features and for them, the numbers are way higher than the minimum value. The i-Praise was launched in India earlier this year with a price tag of INR 1.15 lakh, while the Ridge+ was launched for around INR 80,000. The i-Praise is available with a DC motor with 2500 watt peak power and 2.9 KWh battery pack. This results in a total range of 160-180 kilometres while the top speed achieved from the same is 75 kph.
The battery can be fully charged in just 2-3 hours. The scooter comes with LED lights, front and rear disc brake, smartphone connectivity, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres and adjustable levers. On the other hand, the Ridge+ comes with a 1200 watt motor with 1.75 KWh battery pack. The subsidy value on the Ridge+ is INR 17,000 while benefits on i-Praise sums up to INR 26,000.
Mr Jeetender Sharma, Founder & Managing Director, Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd., said: “With eligibility under Fame-II, our customers will be able to enjoy standard subsidy depending upon the model battery kwh. For Okinawa Ridge+ & i-Praise the subsidy would be between Rs 17000 – Rs 26000 based on KWH. We are confident that this will motivate more environmentally conscious customers to become a part of the Okinawa family to enjoy not only the benefits of e-scooters but also the advanced features offered in the Okinawa range.”