Fae Bikes, a Bangalore based bike rental service, and Okinawa Autotech, an e-bike manufacturer, have partnered to make 70 Okinawa Ridge+ bikes available on Fae Bikes. Fae Bikes will expand its fleet to 5,000 electric bikes in the next year, but it is unclear how many bikes it has at present. It is present in 2 locations in Bangalore currently – Electronic City and BTM Layout.
The Okinawa Ridge+ claims to have a top speed of 55 kmph and a mileage of 120 kms per charge. The bikes come with detachable lithium ion batteries and claims a running cost of 20 paise per km. Okinawa was founded by Jeetender Sharma and Rupali Sharma in 2015 and is Gurgaon based. It manufacturers in Rajasthan, and also seems to have a Japan office.
Curiously, Fae Bikes have a yellow on black number plate- indicating that they are commercial vehicles. They also come without keys, and can be unlocked through the app. The company offers daily, weekly and monthly rental and also has an “Office Rental” option (currently at Electronic City and BTM Layout) where users can rent a bike for Rs 80 per day, use it for the week and return it on Friday evening. There’s a refundable deposit of Rs 100 for this service. To sign up, one needs a driving license and an ID proof.
Terms and conditions
Among some of the regular T&C like the users can’t drive under influence, and run over traffic signals and speeds, are others such as:
- Refrain from using electronic gadgets while riding or pillion
- Rs 500 per breach of exceeding a speed of 80 kmph
- No participating in racing competitions (:D)
- No crossing the state border
There seems to be some insurance in place, but it is unclear what all it covers. Multiple attempts to reach the company were unsuccessful.
EVs in India
- In December last year, we reported that Xiaomi was thinking of bringing its foldable electric bikes (a ride scooter) to India. These bikes seemed to be sold on Amazon India but are unavailable currently.
- In April this year, Meru Cabs partnered with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd to roll out electric vehicles (EVs) in India, starting with a pilot Hyderabad.
- Ola said it would add 10,000 electric vehicles till April 2019.