Okinawa Praise, the flagship e-scooter by electric two-wheeler maker, Okinawa has achieved the feat of being the first electric two-wheeler to successfully complete a trip to Leh. With this, Okinawa has become the first electric two-wheeler company to take its e-scooter to Khardung La Pass, one of the highest motorable roads, perched at a height of 18,380 ft. The journey which started from Gurgaon, was a part of Okinawa’s ‘Praise De Himalaya’ campaign that lasted for 10 days, covering a distance of 1350 km, spanning through locations such as Ambala, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Banihal, Ganderbal, Sonamarg, Srinagar, Bhimbat, Lamayuru, Leh and finally Khardung La.
Commenting on the successful campaign, Jeetender Sharma, Managing Director, Okinawa Autotech said, “The ‘Praise De Himalaya’ campaign is the first and one-of-its-kind journey of an e-scooter to an extremely high-altitude zone where it is very difficult to attempt two-wheeler expeditions. Through the ‘Praise De Himalaya’ campaign, we wanted to ‘Fight for Height ’i.e. the different psychological barriers and biases that stop a consumer from opting for an e-vehicle. We sincerely believe that Praise’s unique achievement will bring forth a transformation in the way that e-vehicles are viewed in the country.
The trip to Leh helped the company test Praise e-Scooter’s suspension ergonomics, engine power and load taking capacity under extreme conditions. The scooter however showed little signs of wear and tear even after the completion of trip. Okinawa equipped its e-scooter, Praise with swappable Lithium-ion battery which helped it cover the long distance with ease. That said, the Lithium-ion battery offers a range of 170-200 km on a single charge with top speed ranging between 55-75 km/h in different speed modes. The use of detachable batteries during the journey made it easier to complete the journey, saving time for charging the battery.
Okinawa also has plans to launch the swappable Lithium-ion batteries in the country sometime around September this year. As for the Okinawa Praise e-scooter, it is available with a 72V/45 Ah lead acid battery which takes 6-8 hours to charge. On the feature front, the e-scooter gets LED headlamps, digital instrument cluster, LED daytime running lamps and a large under-seat storage compartment among others.