New Delhi: Rising pollution and increase in prices of petrol and diesel have prompted the manufacturers to develop eco-friendly and better fuel-efficient vehicles. Working in this direction, the electric scooter 'Hope' has been launched by Gelios Mobility, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, incubated start-up. With a running cost of around 20 paise per kilometre, this scooter is found to be best suited for the last mile delivery and personal commute.
HOPE comes with a portable charger and a portable Li-ion battery that can be charged through a normal domestic socket found in homes, eliminating the requirement of a charger in the parking place. The battery can be fully charged in four hours with a nominal current. According to their commute requirements, customers have two different battery capacity options to choose from, with a range of 50 and 75 km in ideal conditions.
The vehicle is integrated with a battery management system, data monitoring system and pedal-assist unit developed in-house. It is IOT enabled for data analytics and fleet management applications. These state-of-the-art features place HOPE in the category of smart and connected vehicles of the future.
The vehicle falls under the exemption category with a top speed of 25 kilometres per hour and does not require a driving license or registration for driving on the road.
Geliose Mobility is one of the first companies to introduce a pedal-assisted scooter to the market. According to their comfort, riders can easily switch between pedalling and throttle mode while driving. For parking assistance, there is a special reverse mode in the vehicle.
HOPE has a strong and lightweight frame built for rugged usage. Overall vehicle dynamics and lean design provides agility to manoeuvre through dense traffic. The vehicle has a revolutionary slide and rides feature that allows riders to attach different load-carrying accessories or rear seats depending upon the requirement.
Geliose Mobility is collaborating with logistics and delivery companies to cater to hyperlocal delivery requirements in food, e-commerce, grocery, essentials, and other delivery applications. Hubs for charging and maintenance will be set-up by the company on frequent routes of the delivery partners. In case of emergencies, services like roadside assistance and roadside battery swapping will be provided by the company.
Aditya Tiwari, Founder & CEO, Geliose Mobility said, “We are going through an era of ever-rising pollution and climate change, and there is a need for sustainable actions in all the industries, especially in automotive. With the vision of creating a sustainable mobility ecosystem, we started Geliose Mobility three years ago, and HOPE is our major step in this endeavour.”
“With a price starting at just Rs. 46,999, HOPE is the most affordable internet-connected scooter currently in the market to my knowledge. Customers can avail of HOPE through subscription or can buy directly. Bookings are open now for Delhi-NCR and will be available in other cities in the latter half of the year. We are currently launching the scooter for last-mile delivery applications, and in the upcoming month's bookings for personal commute application will open, added Tiwari.”