- The i-Praise gets a lighter lithium-ion battery unit that is detachable for easy charging.
- The new battery pack has a claimed range of 160-180km and a charging time of 2-3 hours.
- New features include Geo-fencing, Battery Health Tracker, GPS and vehicle status.
- Priced at Rs 71,460, Okinawa also sells a more affordable Praise electric scooter without the above-mentioned features and with a heavier lead-acid battery.
Okinawa has launched the i-Praise electric scooter, which is essentially the Praise electric scooter with a lithium-ion battery and new upmarket features. It gets a detachable battery unit that can be taken out of the scooter and charged at home via a 5A socket. The charge time is a claimed 2-3 hours which is 30 to 40 per cent less than your conventional lead acid battery. Its claimed range is 160-180km. Claimed range for the lead acid battery powered Praise was 170-200km though in real-world tests we got close to 110km tested range. Therefore we can expect a slightly less real-world figure from the i-Praise..
The best part is that it is significantly lighter than its lead acid battery-equipped sibling and that should not just help in improving performance, but handling as well. Especially in Okinawa’s case, it should help reduce the front handlebar shake we experienced while reviewing the lead acid battery-equipped Praise.
In addition, the scooter also gets features like Geo-fencing, GPS, battery health tracking and vehicle status that can be accessed via the ‘Okinawa Eco’ app. This app is only available for Android OS. The price tag of Rs 1.15 lakh puts the Okinawa i-Praise close to the Ather S340 and S450. The Ather might be a superior scooter, but is currently sold only in Bangalore, whereas the Praise and i-Praise, both, are available across India.