Electric scooter Bounce Infinity E1 – is a more environmentally friendly and affordable alternative to conventional counterparts ICE. But is it safe or easy to drive?
Just a few months ago, Bounce Infinity announced the introduction of its E1 electric scooter. And while it may be a cliché to say this, but it really captivated the market when prices were announced (starting with ₹45,000 / without battery). The company has taken the approach to battery replacement to a whole new level with the introduction of a battery as a service option, which is essentially buying a scooter without a battery and then using a battery replacement infrastructure that will cost you almost the same as an Aloo tikki burger charged battery.
Rewind for a few months. and Bounce invited me for a quick ride on a scooter. Honestly, the prices made me think what was wrong with this scooter. So with my hat thinking I was really looking forward to the trip. Read on to find out how it all went.
Outside, the E1 electric scooter has a cute, fun design. The exterior includes simple but beautiful body lines. Not too sharp or pointed, right bends and right angles in the right place. The design is quite balanced, but the overall size is smaller than a conventional ICE scooter. The front has a chic round headlight with round DRL shape as well as LED headlights. On the front apron is a black stripe, behind which is a beep and LED indicators at the end. The bottom of the mudguard design again looks neat, as do the large 12-inch alloy wheels. Simple body lines are carried over to the rear, and the use of bright color options give the scooter a happy appeal. Somehow the units provided for the review felt better finished than those present at the launch, and this may be because they are closer to the final production units to be sold to customers in the coming weeks.
The cluster is fully digital, but the pure core unit, as opposed to full-color blocks the size of a tablet, is some other competitor to battery-powered. Now, of course, this unit has been deployed to save costs and maintain prices, and that’s pretty obvious. However, the display is smart and simple enough to show all the necessary information in a clear, unreasonable format. However, a delay of 3-4 seconds, which is observed after turning on the key. But the company has promised to be reduced to one second in the final serial version through a firmware update. Speaking of which, OTA updates are included on the scooter.
The overall design and appearance of the E1 electronic scooter is very nice, but what is missing is the quality of the parts and accessories that have receded into the background to save. There are a few panels that require a better fit, and the rearview mirror looks as if they don’t belong to this scooter, which otherwise has a positive contour design.
Turn the key counterclockwise, and the trunk will open with a waterproof battery with a capacity of 2 kWh. Almost 50% of the space is occupied by the battery, the rest is left for your products. This place is good enough to hold a charger, bag or helmet of small / medium size, which is a plus.
The battery is powered by a BLDC motor mounted on a hub, which is designed for a peak power of 2.2 kW. Press the starter button and the engine comes to life in no time, but unlike the ICE scooter, there is no exhaust note. But a warning signal (red or orange) appears on the screen to indicate that the scooter is ready to roll. Turn the throttle and you move as if you are being pushed down. Not fiercely, but rolling with torque, not with gravity. After a while he manages to pick up the pace and actually reaches the stated top speed of 65 km / h, even with someone my size. Take the scooter uphill, and the acceleration will be greatly reduced, suggesting that it may not be as fast or easy when riding with a stand.
The re-gen on the scooter is designed and operated well. Although it still needs to be a little smoother, but compared to some much more expensive electronic scooters from lesser known names, the E1 is still easy to ride on a daily basis. Also, features such as drag and reverse mode add more driving comfort. In addition, a cruise control feature is also offered, but I completely forgot to try.
As for the urban experience, it’s light and light enough to drive in and out of tight parking spaces and maneuver at low speeds, however on the highway its top speed of 65km / h may not be enough to keep you out. difficult situations. In addition, the full range of this engine (in environmental mode) is about 60-65 km per charge, but unfortunately the statement cannot be verified due to time constraints.
The scooter seat is strictly designed only for medium-sized riders, each taller than 6 feet may not look very smart when riding on it. In addition, the suspension is tuned to a harder side so that even the smallest holes are carried on the back of the rider, so it may not be suitable for bad roads. However, it rides smoothly when the surface is more forgiving.
Complete with discs on both ends, these devices are quite capable of reducing the shoulders of the speed they are capable of doing. Just push the lever and the scooter stops in no time.
Bounce Infinity E1 is a smart and affordable choice if you are considering an electric scooter and may not want to invest a significant amount. In fact it is easy to drive and live with an offer that promises to be economical in all aspects. However, you should keep in mind that the build quality may not be the best, and only prolonged use will clarify the picture, if it is really as reliable as, say, a traditional analogue of ICE.
Date of first publication: February 23, 2022, 3:01 PM IST