Hyderabad-based EV startup called Gravton has entered the electric two-wheeler segment in India. The company has launched its first electric bike known as the Gravton Quanta at an introductory price of INR 99,000 (ex-showroom, Hyderabad) which is set to increase to around Rs 1.1-1.2 lakh soon. Gravton says that the price is expected to drop back to around Rs 99,000 once it gets approval for the FAME II subsidy. The Quanta will only be available in Hyderabad initially, but the company does plan to launch it in other cities in the future.
The Gravton Quanta features a 3kW BLDC motor that has been manufactured in-house. It is capable of taking the electric bike to a top speed of 70 kmph thanks to the instant 170 Nm of torque. The EV has a 3 kWh Li-ion detachable battery that offers a commendable range of 150 km which can be extended up to 320 km on a single charge. The company is also offering its Swap Eco System which allows riders to locate the nearest Gravton’s battery station, order an extra battery and easily summon and swap the battery at any given location.
The Quanta uses a unique ‘rib cage’ frame, which is paired to a telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. The electric vehicle rides on 17-inch wheels and gets disc brakes at both ends. It has a digital dash, which displays basic information, and all-LED lighting. It also comes with a mobile application that enables a few connected features, but misses out on turn-by-turn navigation.
The company claims that many of the components of its electric vehicles have been designed and made in India. However, components like the battery and the motor have been imported from China.
At present, the company claims to have a production capacity of 2,000 units per month. Gravton has also said that it expects to sell 5,000 units this year and 18,000 next year.