Electric scooters and ebikes are gradually becoming mainstream transportation in India. Several startups and two-wheeler manufacturers are entering the market with their innovative models.
Now IIT Madras-incubated startup Pi Beam has launched PIMO, a sustainable utility e-bike that can charge faster than a smartphone and does not require a license or registration to ride. This affordably priced utility e-bike is targeted towards personal and commercial needs.
PIMO is one of the few EVs in the local market that is almost completely made in India. Nearly 90% of PIMO’s product components, including the crucial batteries and controllers, are manufactured in India.
It comes equipped with a 250 W hub motor and 600 Wh Li NMC Battery pack, which can be fully charged in two hours. The e-bike takes you a whopping 50 km (31 miles) on a single charge at a safe speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph), making it ideal for personal short-distance travel.
PIMO is packed with features found on a moped, such as the electric horn, LED light, dual suspensions, disc brakes, larger and ergonomically designed seats, and metal mudguards. It features dual suspension at the rear, a swing arm mechanism, and dual shock absorbers. It also offers a ‘Battery Swapping’ Technology, through which a drained battery can be exchanged for a fully charged battery at designated locations.
Pi-Beam, the startup founded by an IIT Madras Alum Visakh Sasikumar, has already gained over 100 initial customers within weeks of opening pre-orders for PIMO. It aims to sell 10,000 vehicles, priced at Rs. 30,000 by the end of the next financial year (2021-22).