Launched in October 2018, the Gemopai Ryder is an electric two-wheeler which solves two critical concerns of Indian consumers who want to shift from fossil fuel-powered vehicles—affordability and the lack of charging infrastructure.
Gemopai Ryder is the brainchild of Gemopai Electrics, a joint venture between Goreen E-Mobility, a Delhi-based startup and Opai Electric, a giant in the electric vehicle (EV) space with over 15 years of experience selling more than 15 million electric scooters worldwide.
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The Ryder is a lithium ion powered electric scooter under Rs 60,000. With over 50 dealerships across the country, Gemopai Electric is already making a real difference in green mobility.
“The Gemopai Ryder, is one of the first removable lithium ion battery-powered electric scooter that runs a 90km/charge. Gemopai Ryder is available in five colors and comes with various accessories options for the Indian market. Additional scooter specifications included in Gemopai’s mobility options are hydraulic suspensions, disk brakes, digital speedometer, LED headlight, keyless entry, anti-theft alarm and mobile USB charging with little to no service requirement for the expertly-developed electric transportation solution,” says Amit Raj Singh, Co-Founder of Gemopai Electric, speaking to The Better India.
“Drawing on the expertise from Goreen E-Mobility and Opai Electric, we are a team of industry veterans, making the world of electric mobility more affordable and accessible to people everyday,” said Singh, in a separate address to the media. “Starting with our technologically advanced Lithium ion battery scooter, we are going to show India what is possible when a commitment is made to electric mobility.”
There are real concerns regarding E-vehicles about the time it takes for the battery to charge and unavailability of charging especially in light of the deeply inadequate charging infrastructure in India. As the country struggles with providing charging infrastructure for EVs, manufacturers of electric two-wheelers are turning to detachable batteries to ease the charging process.
“A major question consumers today have about electric scooters is the battery. Therefore by making the battery in our scooters removable, small, and really efficient, was the first problem we tried to solve when we launched Ryder. Our batteries are lightweight, but powerful, lithium-ion battery that are portable and can be charged as you travel. We also plan to launch two more electric scooters within this month to add to our portfolio,” Singh tells TBI.
You can charge the battery in just four hours and the scooter can reach top speeds of 65 km per hour as well. These batteries can be charged at home and on your laptop as well.
Elaborating further on the advantages of removable lithium ion batteries, this editorial in the Financial Express says:
“. . . the arrival of detachable batteries has enhanced the convenience for users as they can be charged anywhere. for instance, within a house, without the need for the vehicle to be present. This not only saves time but also saves the extra work of finding a charging station. The charging time on these batteries is not very high. It takes two to four hours for them to be fully charged. Adding to the convenience is the fact that malls, restaurants etc. can also serve as a charging alternative when making long journeys. By focusing on the efficiency of the vehicles, and allowing the batteries to be replaced, the cost per kilometre for electric vehicles comes down to about the same levels as fossil fuel based vehicles.”
There is no question that the future of transportation is electric, particularly in urban areas. With reasonable charging capacity, speed (for traffic-congested cities) and other features, the Gemopai Ryder is a good alternative to the petrol-powered scooter you’re driving. The question is how quickly are consumers willing to give up their fossil fuel driven vehicles for electric ones.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)
(Update: The earlier version of the article had stated that the top speed of the scooter was 25 km per hour. It’s 65 km per hour. We apologise for the error, and have rectified the same.)