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Bounce plans to switch its entire fleet to electric by the end of 2022
Bengaluru-based provider of intelligent mobility solutions, Bounce, has set another milestone on its way by adding the Bounce-E electric scooter to its fleet. Customers available through the Bounce app can access the electric scooter through subscriptions and long term rentals. It is currently only available in Bengaluru.
Bounce-E design and features
Code-named N3310, Bounce-E has been in development for several months. It was completely developed in-house. Compared to the original version, which was presented last year, the production variant has seen some minor changes. For example, the visor is no longer there and the protruding headlight appears smaller.
Another difference is the traditional spring-loaded front suspension instead of the telescopic suspension shown earlier. The seat now has contrasting piping that matches the two-tone theme of the electric scooter.
The overall design of the Bounce-E has minimalist vibes and appears to resemble a typical 100cc moped. However, the driving posture is slightly different because the footrest is in a forward position. This is likely to be more convenient and allows better control in case the scooter is loaded with luggage or other accessories in the front.
Bounce-E electric scooter
Bounce-E received homologation certification from the International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in September last year. The company has confirmed that the electric scooter comes with a replaceable battery.
This should remove any range anxiety people might have while using Bounce-E. The real range of the scooter is 60 km when fully charged. With a dedicated network to swap batteries, users no longer have to worry about running out of gas.
In the electric two-wheeler segment, Revolt Motors has also developed a battery replacement infrastructure. Compared to charging stations, replacing batteries is more convenient for users. Charging an electric two-wheeler can take a few minutes, even with fast charging. When changing the battery, the user is almost instantly fully charged. With Bounce-E, the battery can be replaced in less than a minute.
Bounce electric scooter production facility in Coimbatore.
To make it affordable, the company implemented a dynamic pricing package. The scooter is sold as a standalone unit without a battery for Rs 46,000. The battery is rented. This reduces the overall acquisition costs for customers.
Bounce is now present in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It has a fleet of 22,000 two-wheelers in Bengaluru and around 5,000 in Hyderabad. Bounce plans to expand operations to other cities in the future.