River launches e-scooter in India.

Bengaluru-based startup River has launched its indie e-scooter for ₹1.25 lakh. Indy puts practicality at the forefront with features like spacious storage space, pannier mounts, front footpegs and crash guards. The Indy River is available in three colors – Monsoon Blue, Summer Red and Spring Yellow.

It also has an IP67 rated 4kWh battery pack which is rated for a real world range of 120km. Revere claims that the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in five hours using a standard charger. The mid-mounted motor on the Indy is rated for 6.7kW (peak) and 26Nm of torque and sends power to the rear wheels via belt final drive, propelling it from 0-40kph in 3.9s and a top of 90kph. Top speed is claimed. Both the battery and the scooter have a 5 year/50,000 km warranty.

It has an accessible 770mm seat height and rides on 14-inch wheels (like the Yamaha Ericks and Aprilia SR160) and has a telescopic fork/twin shock absorber (front/rear) suspension setup. The Indy has a 240mm/200mm (front/rear) disc brake setup, with CBS, and 165mm ground clearance. It has a claimed rating (inclined climbing ability) of 18 degrees, which is lower than the Aether 450X (20 degrees), but higher than the Ola S1 Pro (15 degrees).

The Indy has a color LCD dash and the rider can toggle between three riding modes – Eco, Ride and Rush. Some other useful features include side stand cut-off, reverse parking assist and 90-degree valve stem. Revere claims the Indy has the longest and widest seat in the segment.

The Indy River has crash guards and front footpegs, a feature not found in other electric scooters. It also has two USB charging ports, one on the handlebars and one in the glove box (which also comes with lighting). The Indy gets all-LED lighting and additional luggage options like a 25-litre top box and a pannier seat, which can hold up to 40 litres.

At ₹ 1.25 lakh (retail price), the Indy River undercuts the likes of the Bajaj Chetak, Ola S1 Pro and Ather 450X, but is more expensive than the TVS iQube S. Like the Chetak and iQube, the Indie is an electric scooter geared more towards everyday use than full-on sports capability.

The River Indy ships with a charger included in the price and can be booked on the company’s website with deliveries starting in August 2023. Currently, River India will sell the e-scooter in Bengaluru, with plans to expand to 50 cities across India. until 2024.

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