200 KM Range Electric Scooter in India – Bangalore-based EV startup Simple Energy has introduced its first electric scooter, the Simple One. The scooter boasts a maximum range of 236km and a top speed of 105km/h. 

It retails at ₹1,09,999 (Ex-showroom) and is available for pre-order on the company’s website for ₹1,947. Currently, it will be sold in 75 cities across 13 Indian states, with plans to expand to 175 cities within the next year. 

200 KM Range Electric Scooter in India

200 KM Range Electric Scooter in India
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The Simple One is 100% domestically produced, with a capacity to manufacture 10 lakh units annually.

It comes in four color options and has a 30L storage capacity that can accommodate a helmet and some shopping. The scooter weighs 110 kg.

200 KM Range Electric Scooter in India

About Simple One Scooter

Bengaluru-based electric vehicle start-up, Simple Energy, has announced the release of the Simple One electric scooter. Pre-bookings for the scooter can be made starting from 5 pm today, with an initial pre-booking fee of 1,947. 

The pre-booking process is open across India and the fee is refundable, according to the company’s official statement. Pre-orders will be given priority delivery once production of the Simple One begins, the company noted. The Simple One can be pre-booked through the company’s official website.

Motor and Battery

The Simple One is equipped with an 8.5kW motor that delivers a maximum torque of 72Nm. With acceleration from 0-40 km/h in just 2.95 seconds, it is the fastest scooter in its class. The 4.8kWh battery provides a range of 236km and is easily removable for convenient charging anywhere. 

Simple One Warranty of Battery, Charger, and Scooter
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The product comes with a 3-year warranty for the battery, charger, and scooter. The battery management system (BMS) safeguards the battery from voltage and current fluctuations and tracks temperature. 

The company is developing a fast-charging network called One Loop, with a charging speed of 2.5 km/minute. The Simple One features a comfortable ride with its telescopic front fork and symmetrical progressive mono-shock rear suspension. 

The braking system, developed by Simple Energy, includes two disc brakes with a stopping distance of 27 meters. The 7-inch touchscreen display is user-friendly and customizable with a dark mode and custom themes. It also allows for hands-free calls and music playback.

Price of Simple One Scooter

The Simple Energy One is slated to launch in India in September 2022 with an estimated price range of Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 1,05,000. Competitors in the market include the Okaya Fast, BGauss D15, and OLA S1 scooters. In addition, the Honda Activa 7G motorcycle, which is also set to launch in September 2022 in India, is similar in nature to the Simple One. 

Price of Simple One Scooter
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Official Booking Link

The Honda Activa 7G is equipped with a 4.8kWh battery pack, which provides a range of 203 km in Eco mode, and a 4.5kW motor that delivers 72Nm of torque and a 0-40 km/h acceleration time of 2.95 seconds. The top speed of the motorcycle can reach between 98 km/h to 105 km/h, depending on the tire choice.

Simple One Scooter Smart Features

The Simple One offers various high-tech features including 4G connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, over-the-air updates, music control, call control, SOS messaging, geofencing, document storage, remote telemetry, fast charging location, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), preventive maintenance, a “find my scooter” feature, vehicle tracking, vacation mode, schedule mode, and group ride capabilities.

  • Design:

Simple Energy has adopted a minimalist and futuristic design for the Simple One, with obvious resemblances to the Ather 450X, especially in its triangular headlight. 

It has a flared body with elaborate cuts and a pointed tail unit headlight, and the grab handle is thick and sturdy.

  • Engine:

The standard version of the Simple One is powered by a 4.8kWh lithium-ion battery and has a range of 236km (Indian Driving Cycle) in Eco mode, with a maximum speed of 105 km/h. 

Further, the company provides a new version with a 6.4kWh battery, boasting an asserted range of over 300km (Indian Driving Cycle). 

Performance and Handling of the Simple One:

  • Four riding modes: Eco, Ride, Dash, and Sonic.

  • Eco mode: top speed of 50 km/h and maximum range, best for city commuting and navigating stop-and-go traffic.
  • Ride mode: balance of power and range, top speed of 65 km/h, and range of 180-190 km, ideal for city riding.
  • Impressive handling, nearly rivaling the Ather 450X scooter.

  • Smooth ride on 12-inch wheels, comfortable at high speeds.
  • Stiffer suspension but still provides a smooth ride.
  • In an urban environment, a softer suspension might have been preferred, but the current setup still delivers a smooth ride.
  • The Simple One is capable of accelerating from 0 to 40 km/h in 2.85 seconds, making it the speediest scooter in the Indian market. The 4.8kW motor has an extreme power output of 8.5kW and a torque of 72Nm.
  • Battery and Charging: 

Simple One Electric Scooter Battery and Charging
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The Simple One features a unique battery implementation, consisting of a 3.3 kWh battery fixed in the floorboard and a removable 1.5 kWh battery located in the under-seat storage, resulting in a total capacity of 4.8 kWh with a range of 203 km.

  • Powertrain: 

Equipped with a 4.8 kWh battery and an 8.5 kW motor, the Simple One generates 72 Nm of peak torque, providing a reported range of 236 km. With the addition of a 1.6 kWh battery, the total capacity increases to 6.4 kWh, with an estimated range of over 300 km in ideal conditions.

  • Mileage: 

The Simple One can travel up to 236 km on a single charge on Indian roads.

  • Colors: 

The Simple One is available in four colors: Brazen Black, Grace White, Namma Red, and Azure Blue.

  • Competitors:

The Simple One is Simple Energy’s first electric scooter and aims to compete with the Ola S1, Ather 450X, and Bajaj Chetak.

Final Verdict:

The Simple One scooter is driven by an 8.5 kW motor that generates a maximum torque of 72 Nm. This motor allows the scooter to achieve a 0-40 km/h time of 2.85 seconds and a top speed of 105 km/h. 

The scooter has four riding modes: Eco, Ride, Dash, and Sonic. Its removable lithium-ion battery pack has an impressive capacity of 4.8 kWh and a claimed range of 240 km, making it a potential competitor to current market leaders. 

The Simple One stands out with its performance and stylish design, as well as its comfortable ride and handling for safety. The inclusion of two batteries adds to the convenience of the user. The mileage of the scooter is also among the best in its class and further testing is needed to determine if the numbers hold up over extended use.

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