A small Manesar-based startup is adding intelligence to the plain old scooter as it tries to make its mark in a crowded two-wheeler market. Flow, the new electric scooter by Twenty-Two Motors, will be a connected smart scooter with the ability to tell you how well you're riding your scooter, when parts will fail before they actually do, and will be equipped with wireless charging capability. The scooter will also have the cruise control feature, typically found in high-end cars.
Priced at Rs 74,740, production of the Flow scooter will start in June at the company's upcoming factory at Bhiwadi, Rajasthan. Twenty-Two started taking pre-orders for the scooter at the Auto Expo on Thursday. "Our scooter is targeted at the youth, who want everything on their mobile. With the Flow app, they'll get customised updates about their scooter and will have the option to automatically order parts before they fail. This will ensure that they remain focused on other things rather than the maintenance of their ride," Parveen Kharb, CEO and Co-founder, Twenty-Two Motors, told BusinessLine .
The company will have a production capacity of 9,000 scooters a month and hopes to sell 300,000 of them in the next three years. The company will invest $70 million over a period of 2.5 years for this. "We will initially have a presence in Delhi-NCR, but we plan to expand it to 10 cities in the next nine months. The second phase of cities would include Bengaluru, Pune and Jaipur, among ohers," Kharb said.
Twenty-Two is also setting up a data centre at its manufacturing unit in Bhiwadi, which will maintain a virtual profile of every scooter sold and will track the performance of each of them for preventive maintenance.
The vehicle weighs about 85 kg and is equipped with a DC motor, which is powered by a Lithium Ion battery, which can be charged within five hours and can power the scooter for about 80km with a single charge. Higher end variants will have the option of a dual battery.