Electric scooter manufacturer Twenty Two Motors has joined hands with KYMCO, a Taiwanese scooter manufacturer and leading two-wheeler and powersports global brand, to form a new venture to manufacture, market and sell electric two-wheelers in India. Although no details about the partnership have been announced, a joint statement by the two companies state that both brands will share knowledge, technology and expertise to create "premium electric mobility architectures" in the country. The statement adds that Twenty Two Motors and KYMCO are "all set to revolutionise the two-wheeler sector in India by establishing a favourable ecosystem for EVs"
"Twenty-Two Motors was founded with the sole aim to change the commutation landscape in India by providing powerful smart vehicles to generation next. Electric mobility is the future of the world - a near future, not distant. We envisioned facilitating Indian customers with smart EV vehicles and a proper infrastructure with charging stations and efficient battery and our partnership with KYMCO is the next step in this direction. This unique partnership will prove to be a revolution for fundamentals of Indian auto sector which no one expected so far as we shall be creating a complete new ecosystem for premium EV mobility in India," said Parveen Kharb, CEO and Co-Founder, Twenty Two Motors.
Under the new partnership, called Twenty Two KYMCO, the two companies will strive to make electric mobility a practical reality for everyone. KYMCO will introduce its unique battery swapping solutions, called Ionex and Ionex Commercial in India. The Ionex smart battery weighs only 5 kg and is designed to be user friendly in every application. The ecosystem offers various charging solutions including standard charging, fast charging, battery swaps, or any combination. The Ionex Commercial further provides a range of customisable electric scooters along with engineering services to convert existing fleets of two-wheelers to work with the Ionex Commercial platform.
"KYMCO is on a social mission to change the modern transportation and India is one of most important markets from that point of view. We found a natural partner in Twenty Two Motors as we have synergies in terms of vision, technological innovation and outlook. Together we aim to change the landscape of urban mobility in India. "
"While Ionex enables consumers to go electric without compromise, businesses and governments need to have reliable solutions for charging stations, removable batteries and related IT support systems before they opt for EVs. And therefore, Ionex Commercial is here to provide a total package to empower and enable all businesses and governments to adopt premium electric mobility", said Allen Ko, Chairman, KYMCO.
The Flow, the first smart electric scooter developed by Twenty Two Motors, will be equipped with the advanced Ionex technology developed by KYMCO. The new removable Ionex battery will be lighter in weight, easy to swap, waterproof and can be fully charged in less than an hour. The Flow was launched at the Auto Expo 2018 at a price of ₹ 74,740 (ex-showroom Delhi). In addition to the Ionex battery, the updated Flow will also have a fixed reserve battery on board which is kept constantly charged by the removable battery. Riders can use the scooter for 20 km when the Ionex battery is removed for charging. The updated Flow and other models from Twenty Two Motors KYMCO will be available at Twenty Two KYMCO Experience stores in New Delhi, followed by Gurgaon, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Pune and Bengaluru.