The three-wheeler comes with battery-swap technology for the Indian market
Ape E-city will be produced in the Piaggio Group’s Baramati factory in the state of Maharashtra. The price for the Indian market is in line with the gas-fuelled model.
The Piaggio Ape E-city was launched in New Delhi alongside Diego Graffi, CEO of Piaggio PVPL (the Piaggio Group’s Indian subsidiary), India's Road Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, Italy’s Ambassador to India, Vincenzo De Luca, and Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog.
The Ape E-city marks the Italian’s brand entry on to the Indian electric commercial vehicle market. It comes with battery-swap technology that allows a flat battery to be replaced with a charged battery in just a few minutes at automated service stations. This is a solution to meet the growing demand for commercial mobility solutions required by inter-city travel in India.
The Indian Government is sustaining electric mobility
For two and three-wheel vehicles, they created the FAME program (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles). The program allows the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles and gives a reduction of the Goods and Services Tax from 12% to 5%.
The electric vehicle market in India is worth approximately 71 million dollars and is expected to reach 700 million dollars by 2025. Back in September, this year, the Piaggio Group sold in India 142,500 commercial vehicles which means a 5.6% increase in revenues. On India’s three-wheeler market, the Piaggio PVPL had a share of 23.8% and is the leader in the Cargo segment with a share of 42.9%.
“Ape, a brand with a trust of more than 29 lakh happy customer is paving the way for the Indian electric revolution with the Apee Electrik range and Ape E-City as the first offering. 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 and 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 ecosystem in India. We have faith that with the governments focus on EVs in the three-wheeler category and Piaggio’s vision of developing innovative EV solutions, mass adoption of EVs is a near reality," said Diego Graffi.
"At Piaggio, we believe in providing pathbreaking solutions in the last-mile transportation segment with best-in-class technology offerings to our customers. Our partnership with Sun Mobility will enable customers to experience a very innovative, smart and unique swappable smart battery eco-system in India,” added Graffi.
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