Bengaluru-based EV start-up Bounce has launched its first electric scooter in India today, the Infinity E1. If the scooter looks familiar to you it's because Bounce has bought out the now-defunct 22Kymco's operation and this scooter is essentially the 22Kymco i-Flow that was launched in June 2019.
- Bounce bought out now-defunct 22Kymco's operation
- Infinity E1 has a claimed range of 85km
- Bookings open for a refundable amount of Rs 499; deliveries begin in March 2022
Bounce Infinity E1 battery swapping: how does it work?
The Infinity E1 will be offered with a unique ‘Battery as a service’ option, where customers can either buy the scooter with the battery and the charger, or even avail the battery pack on a rental basis. The Bounce Infinity E1 has been priced at Rs 68,999 with the battery and charger, while it costs Rs 45,099 without the battery (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). The company has not revealed what the cost of its battery subscription programme will be.
For customers who buy the Infinity E1 without the battery pack, Bounce says that the batteries can be swapped for fully charged units through a dedicated battery swapping network. The company says it aims to have the world’s largest and densest battery-swapping platform with a swapping facility at every 1km distance. The company claims this will bring down running costs of the scooter by as much as 40 percent, as compared to conventional scooters. The Infinity E1 is the first electric scooter in India with battery swapping feature.
Bounce Infinity E1: technical details
The Infinity E1 is powered by a 2kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides a certified range of 85km per charge. While the company hasn’t quoted a power figure for the electric scooter, torque output for E1 stands at 83Nm. Bounce claims the Infinity E1 can sprint from 0 to 40kph in 8sec and has a top-speed of 65kph.
The battery pack can be topped up in about 4 to 5 hours by connecting to any regular electric socket. The scooter also comes with two riding modes – Power and Eco. In terms of underpinnings, the Infinity E1 is built on a tubular frame and features hydraulic telescopic front suspension and twin shock absorbers at the rear. It also gets disc brakes at both ends with Electronic Braking system (EBS) and also gets regenerative braking technology.
Bounce Infinity E1: design and features
In terms of design, the Infinity E1 looks like a fairly conventional scooter, although its simplicity has a certain elegance to it. Some of the highlights include round LED projector headlamps with smart detailing, flush-fitting rear foot pegs, and stylish alloy wheels. The Infinity E1 will be available with a choice of five colours – Sporty Red, Sparkle Black, Pearl White, Desat Silver and Comed Grey – in either glossy or matte finish.
As for its features, the Bounce gets a digital instrument cluster, a reverse mode, cruise control and tow alert. It also gets a unique drag mode that allows the scooter to move along at walking speed, in case it has a puncture and you want to push it along. Bounce has provided a smart app with the Infinity E1 that can be connected via Bluetooth and used for geofencing, track the scooter remotely, check charging status and more.