Terra Motors is planning to launch their A4000i electric scooter in India by the end of the year. The scooter is the world’s first wireless smartphone connected two-wheeler.
The information of your riding will be transmitted through an Apple iPhone and data can be monitored via the internet. The scooter currently supports only Apple’s iPhone 3, 3G, 4 and 4S. The company also has the A4000 version which doesn’t require an iPhone.
The A4000i is powered by a 48V lithium battery that weighs 16kg and can takes around 4.5 hours to charge fully. The battery, developed in house, will help the scooter do an estimated range of 65km in one full charge and has a lifetime of 50,000 km. The scooter weighs around 118kg and has a top speed of 65 kmph which is quite decent for a city riding conditions.
The A4000i features a removable battery that can be uninstalled and carried to your house for charging. This is a good feature for people who cannot access an electric charging point easily. “We are now studying the Indian market as there is huge potential in this country,” confirmed by Teppei Seki, director, business development, Terra Motors to BikeWale.
Considering the fact the Apple iPhone is sold a premium cost in India which makes it out of reach of many buyers, launching the A4000i doesn’t make sense. In fact, the A4000 version makes business sense as it can be priced competitively in the market.