Bounce Infinity E1 review – Rs 45,000 e-scooter with swappable battery! | First Ride| Autocar India
I flow that we saw a few years ago, but with some minor improvements and bounce his own battery pack, you can buy one here in delhi for an ex showroom price of 69 000 rupees. But if you do this, you could get it for as little as 45, 000 and thats, because the infiniti e1 comes with a removable battery pack and bounce gives you the option of buying the scooter with or without it. If you buy it with the battery pack. The experience is like many other e scooters, where you get a home charger that you can plug into any five amp socket and charge the battery. It takes about five to five and a half hours from empty to full, but if you buy it without the battery, you then have to subscribe to bounces battery subscription plan where you lease the battery from the company and are then free to use any of bounces Battery swapping stations at these swapping stations, you simply exchange your depleted battery for a fully charged one and go on your way. Now. This is interesting because its about, as close as an eevee can come to the quickness with which you can fill up a petrol scooter. In fact, it might even be slightly quicker and thats a big time saving because the average electric scooter takes a minimum of four hours to go from empty to full. So is this the solution to all our av problems? Well, maybe not you see if you buy the scooter without the battery at rs 45 000.
The subscription plan will cost you 1250 rupees each month, but every time you swap for a fully charged battery thatll cost you another 35 rupees. The e1 has a claimed range of 85 kilometers from its 2kw battery pack, but thats under test conditions and in eco mode. Our experience with evs so far tells us that, with this size of battery, the bounces real world range will probably be closer to 60 to 65 kilometers, which means, if you live 10 kilometers from your office, youre, going to need a swap every three days with nine Swaps, each month, your running costs for the scooter will be over 1500 rupees each month and thats quite a bit even at todays exorbitant petrol prices, its possible that you wont make any savings on running costs compared to the average petrol powered scooter with the costs associated With such a usage cycle in just 15 months time, it will have made more sense to have just bought the scooter with the battery pack in the first place. Even if you make just one swap a month, youll still make up the cost difference in under 2 years. Theres. Also. The inescapable fact that this battery swapping solution will only truly be as seamless as petrol filling when swapping stations become as abundant as petrol pumps and thats still some time away. Bounce hopes to set up a swapping infrastructure that can support 1 million of its e scooters. In the next 12 months, which is quite ambitious to do this, it says it is aiming for roughly 300 swapping stations per city in its top 10 markets.
So if you dont have a way of conveniently charging the battery at home or if youre only going to be keeping the scooter for a very short period of time, then you might be better off with the subscription model. But if you do plan on keeping it for a while and using it for your daily commute, as i suspect, most buyers will then youre, probably better off just paying for the battery up front Music, but hey all thats just about the ownership plans before we forget Theres, actually, a scooter for us to test lets, jump on and ride Music. The spec sheet is fairly humble, so i didnt come into this ride with any lofty expectations. The bldc hub motor has a peak output of 2.2 kilowatt and a nominal output of 1.5 kilowatt, which bounce says is good enough for a top speed of 65 kph, whats a little more reasonable is the 85 newton meter, torque figure, and this being an electric. Its all available right from a standstill and when you set off in sport mode, you do feel that instant electric torque the scooter gets off the line with reasonable gusto and feels like it can carry its weight quite well up to about 40 kph. Beyond this point, though, the rate of acceleration trails off quite considerably and its a long journey from here to the indicated 65 kph top speed. The end result is that the e1 feels usable on smaller inner city roads, but use on larger and faster moving.
Roads is best avoided on the smaller intra city highways you encounter in the metro cities you can get by, but youre definitely going to be better off keeping to the left out of everyones way. Eco mode caps top speed at an indicated 40 kph. So this is something youll want to use. Only if youre really running out of range speaking of range, bounce claims, real world range figures of around 50 kilometers in sport mode and 60 to 65 kilometers in eco mode. While we didnt have a chance to run it dry during this brief ride, the e1 seemed on track to cover about 45 to 50 kilometers being ridden almost entirely in sport mode. What strikes you when riding the e1 is how light and manageable it feels it gets? A reverse mode, which is quite commendable at this price point but truth be told. Its 94 kg kerb weight is very easy to handle and the e1 is welcoming to new and inexperienced riders and, while its suspension, certainly isnt plush, it does ride reasonably alright, which is more than can be said of some. Similarly, priced competition, bounce has given the infinity e1 quite a few features, many of which are usually seen only higher up the price charts, in addition to reverse and the two riding modes, the e1 also gets a drag mode where the scooter moves along at 3 kph. Without needing any throttle input bounce envisions this mode being used for applications like walking your scooter to a puncture repair shop, or in case you have a mechanical breakdown.
The e1 also gets an anti theft system, cruise control and bluetooth connectivity, plus a built in e sim, which allows you to track various aspects of the scooter and the battery locate the vehicle and geofence it, but where it blazes ahead of the competition in features. It does trail behind when it comes to under seat storage, with the removable 2 kilowatt hour battery pack housed under the seat theres very little room left for your knick knacks and youll. Only just about be able to squeeze in a small half face helmet if youre traveling with the supplied home charger, then even that might not be possible space being in short supply is a theme across the scooter. The e1 feels quite compact, definitely a size down. On most petrol powered scooters, the floorboard isnt the roomiest and the handlebar will foul, with the knees of shorter riders at full, lock, so thats everything about the bounce infinity e1, as things stand today, but the future holds quite a lot in store test rides are expected To begin in major cities, soon after you watch this video, at which point bounce will also begin accepting bookings for an amount of 10 to 15 000 rupees. It hopes to begin deliveries by early april, which is slightly delayed from its earlier claim of march. In phase one, the company aims to open 25 dealerships across the nation and set up roughly 300 swapping stations in each of the 10 largest cities.
Services like roadside assistance and extended warranty will be offered, though their prices have not been finalized. Yet bounce also plans to offer a fast charger as an accessory to customers who buy the scooter with the battery pack and the company claims a charging time of 2 hours with this charger, also from a 5 amp socket the price for this fast charger is yet To be decided, the most noteworthy future plans, though, pertain to the battery pack bounce says that in just a few months time it will upgrade the existing 2kw battery pack to a larger 2.2 kilowatt hour design, which is still being validated. This means those buying the scooter in the initial period will lose out slightly. The company is also working on trying to accommodate another battery pack in the floorboard, either to supplement the underseat battery or to replace it, but considering the companys commitment to a swapping network, the supplementing option seems far more likely having spent the day riding the infinity e1. I can tell you that it makes for a fairly decent city commuter with a rich features list and a reasonably good riding experience so long as youre, not spending too much time on a highway. Of course, matters like real world range will have to be verified at a later stage, but this scooters real usp, is the flexibility that it offers in terms of charging options and ownership plans, as well as the commitment that bounce is making to a swapping infrastructure.
If, today, i wanted to own an e scooter from ola or ether i wouldnt be able to, because i have no way of charging them at my residence, while the bounce is nowhere near those scooters in terms of performance or range, i can charge its battery at My house, or far more conveniently subscribe to bounces battery swapping model, which means it is a viable option for me and will be for many other people.