Piaggio launches Ape E- City auto in Kerala
Published On Oct 22, 2020
Ape’ E-City is the first E-auto in India with swappable battery technology, and powered by advanced lithium-Ion smart- batteries. Initially, it will be retailed in select cities including Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.
Piaggio Vehicles, India’s leading manufacturer of small commercial vehicles, launched their new electric vehicle, Ape’ E-City for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode market with an introductory ex-showroom price of Rs. 198926/- (Ex-Showroom Kerala).
The new Ape’ E-City offers a revolutionary driving experience with zero-emission, with nearly no noise and vibration making it a next-generation last-mile mobility solution for urban India. It comes with various class-leading features making it a unique proposition with advanced Li-ion batteries, automatic gearbox, superior power and torque, no gear and clutch, doors for safety, full digital cluster.
Ape’ E-City is the first 3-wheeler to have smart swappable batteries. The swappable battery concept is being brought in association with Sun mobility, a leader in electric mobility battery technology. Customers can also experience an app-enabled eco-system to check the battery state of charge, locate swap stations, recharge batteries instantly with no waiting time, etc.
Ape’ E-City is equipped with a first-in-category digital instrument cluster with information like state of charge, drive modes, service alerts, economy mode, etc provided for advance assistance to drivers. Ape’ E-City customers will be given a super warranty of 36 months/ 1 lac kms. (Whichever is earlier) along with free scheduled maintenance for 3-years which is the best offering in this space. Ape’ E-City is easy to own and promises more earnings per ride. Piaggio also has strong IC engine auto in the cargo and passenger carrier segment including the Ape Xtra LDX, Ape City, Ape City Plus and Ape DX.
Speaking on the launch, Diego Graffi, Chairman & Managing Director, Piaggio Vehicles said, “Ape’, a brand with a trust of nearly 30 lac happy customer is paving the way for the Indian electric revolution with the Ape’ Electrik range and Ape’ E-City as its 1st 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 Group has a rich heritage of developing Electric technology over the last 15 years which we have leveraged to develop these class leading products for India. We have developed both Swappable & Fixed Battery technology solutions to serve the varied needs of the customer. For Swappable technology, our partnership with Sun Mobility will enable customers to experience a very innovative, smart and unique swappable smart battery eco-system in India. We are confident that our efficient Electric Auto, the Ape’ E-City will definitely become a preferred choice for customers in the Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode market.”
Saju Nair, EVP and Head of Commercial Vehicle Business, Piaggio India said, “We have confidence that Kerala government’s EV policy will pave the way for mass adaption of EVs in the last mile connectivity segment. Ape’ being the leader in the 3 wheeler cargo segment for more than a decade & now having the largest range of three wheeler vehicles has strong connections with customers in Kerala.Our Strategy is to be fuel agnostic and to give the best solutions to our customers ensuring all regulations of the state and local governments are followed. The Ape’ Electrik range is the next evolution in three wheeler technology. Ape’ E-City swappable offers best in class power, pick-up, mileage & low maintenance to customers with an Instant charging facility. Piaggio is at the forefront not only in terms of its product range but also in improving its consumer’s overall ownership experience with class-leading service offerings.”
Malind Kapur, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Channel Development, Piaggio Vehicles said, “We are very happy to launch Ape’ E-City for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode market. We feel that there is a growing demand for electric autos which can give better experience to commuters and tourists and increase the earnability of auto drivers. I feel E-City will further boost the employment opportunities for the people of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. With this launch we are confident of maintaining and strengthening our brand presence not only in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode but across Kerala.”