Okinawa Scooters has launched the Praise electric scooter. We informed you about the Okinawa Praise when the bookings had opened up last month. The company claims that this electric scooter has the best-in-class top speed of 75 kph. Since it’s an electric scooter, most of the weight is comprised of the batteries. Okinawa Praise is priced at Rs 59,889 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and HDFC Bank is offering up to 80 percent financing of the on-road price.
Okinawa Praise Battery
It comes with a Lead-Acid type battery as standard. But Lithium-ion battery can be had as an option. Apart from being 9kg lighter than the standard battery, the Li-ion battery pack can be unmounted and charged wherever you like. Or if you have two battery packs, the uncharged one can be swapped out with the charged one.
The standard Lead-Acid type battery can be fully charged in 6-8 hours, while the Li-ion battery cuts that time to just 2 hours.
Electric Motor and Power Output-
Praise scooter is powered by 1000 watt BLDC electric motor with a power output of 2.5 kilowatts (3.4 PS of power). The power number looks small on paper but in case of electric vehicles, torque plays a bigger role. Its top speed of 75 kph is good enough to be comparable to a normal scooter like Honda Activa.
Chassis and Brakes
Okinawa Praise rides on tubeless tires mounted to alloy wheels. They are attached to the telescopic forks at the front and a gas-charged rear shocker at the rear. The stopping power comes from dual-discs brakes (first in class) at the front and a single disc at the rear.
This electric scooter is loaded with features like LED lights, Anti-theft system with inbuilt location tracker, digital dash, and three riding modes (Sport, Economy, and Turbo). Other conveniences like mobile charging port, 19-litre under seat storage, and keyless start make it quite a unique offering.
The company claims that Praise has a running cost of 10 paisa per kilometer. Which is phenomenal. However, the battery pack do require a replacement after several years. How much Okinawa is going to charge for replacement batteries is still unknown to us.
A cheaper Option, Okinawa Ridge was launched earlier this year- Read About It.