Piaggio India has announced the launch of its Ape E-City electric rickshaw in the city of Vijayawada, priced at ₹ 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Vijayawada). The electric three-wheeler was launched during the inauguration of the company's first Ape Electric Experience Centre showroom, to give customers a first-hand experience of the new product. Piaggio launched the Ape Electrik range (goods) and Ape E-City (passenger) electric three-wheelers in December 2019, but as of now, only the former has been launched in Vijayawada. The e-Auto is powered by a 4.7 kWh lithium-ion battery and it can offer around 70-80 km range on a full charge.
Speaking at the launch, Saju Nair, Head of Commercial Vehicle Business, Piaggio India said, "Vijayawada being one of the rapidly growing commercial hubs in Andhra Pradesh, it is a strategic market for Piaggio. Ape E-City offers the best value in the class in terms of capacity, pick-up, mileage & maintenance. Considering the Andhra Pradesh government's focus on promoting sustainable mobility, Ape E-City is the right choice for Vijayawada where 3 wheelers are one of the primary modes of last-mile transportation."
The Piaggio Ape E-City range of electric autos come with swappable Li-ion batteries sourced from electric battery provider, Sun mobility, which will also provide a Quick Interchange Station network. Customers of the Ape E-City can visit these touchpoints and swap their battery with a fully charged one and be on their way within minutes. Customers can also experience an app-enabled eco-system to check battery charge, recharge, locate swap stations etc. On the features front, the electric three-wheeler gets a first-in-class digital instrument cluster, offering the information like state of charge, drive modes, service alerts, economy mode and more.
Talking about the Ape brand, Diego Graffi, MD & CEO of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, "Ape, a brand with a trust of more than 29 lac happy customer is paving the way for the Indian electric revolution with the Ape Electrik range and Ape' E-City as the first offering. At Piaggio, we believe in providing path-breaking solutions in the last mile transportation segment with best in class technology offerings to our customers."
The Piaggio Ape E-City also comes with a 36 month/1 lakh km super warranty, whichever is earlier, along with free scheduled maintenance for 3 years. The company is also offering an introductory 3-year AMC package at a nominal cost of ₹ 3000.