Hyderabad: Pure EV, a start-up incubated in the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad, launched a high-speed electric scooter, EPluto 7G, on 9 February.
The ICAT-certified scooter can run for 116 km on full charge. The company claimed that this is the highest range in the country when compared to similar products. The e-scooter's market price will be Rs 80,000, approximately, with a top speed of 60 km per hour.
The electric scooter’s USP is its patented battery technology, which includes portable batteries which can be easily charged and swapped. The vehicle also offers a battery warranty for 40,000 km. The start-up further claimed that the batteries of the e-scooter have been designed to withstand adverse environmental conditions as well as the challenges encountered while travelling on Indian terrain. Affordability as well as capability to drive long distances are also the vehicle’s features.
Dr. V.K. Saraswat, member of NITI Aayog, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Prof. B.S. Murty, director of IIT-Hyderabad, launched the vehicle at the IIT-Hyderabad campus on Sunday.
Prof. Murty said, "PURE EV is a true testimony of how IIT-Hyderabad is translating academic activities into mass-scale commercial products through the support of the incubation centre. Location of PURE EV factory at IIT-Hyderabad campus will open up new R&D collaborations with various faculty members.”
Highlighting the technological advancements of PURE EV manufacturing unit, Dr. Nishanth Dongari, associate professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at IIT-Hyderabad and founder of PURE EV, said, “The launch of this scooter is a significant achievement for the company and the range test results are a demonstration of our strength in the battery technology. We have state-of-the-art facilities for the assembly and testing of the lithium battery packs.”
The start-up PURE EV had established a 40,000-sqft facility, located within IIT Hyderabad.