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Okinawa has announced that they have discontinued all its electric scooters powered by lead-acid batteries from their lineup. The company will shift to using only lithium-ion battery packs on all their electric scooters going forward.
The company stated that going forward, Okinawa will stop manufacturing lead-acid variants and focus only on lithium-ion versions of their products. According to the company, the shift to lithium-ion battery packs is because of its better technology and the fact that it addresses most of the charging issues for the user.
Lithium-ion battery packs on electric scooters have also received an overwhelming response in the Indian market. Many higher-spec models from Okinawa already use detachable lithium-ion battery packs.
Okinawa announced that their first electric scooter, the Ridge came with a lead-acid battery. The Okinawa Ridge was the first of five models from the brand to feature lead-acid batteries, all introduced in the span of three years.
However, after receiving an overwhelming response for some of the higher-spec lithium-ion battery-equipped models, Okinawa decided to discontinue the older models. The company since inception has registered sales of over 74,500 units of electric scooter across India. Of this, over 34,000 units are lead-acid powered electric scooters. Okinawa stated that they are planning to close this fiscal year with 90,000 units of sales.
Jeetender Sharma, Founder & MD, Okinawa, stated,
"We are shifting to 100 per cent lithium-ion battery pack based two-wheelers. When we launched the brand, lead acid was the most advanced option available in the market."
"Now with rigorous growth of the industry and the brand, we have taken a step ahead and have discontinued lead-acid battery pack-based products."
"Not only will Okinawa products be equipped with lithium-ion battery packs offering efficiency, but they will also come with detachable batteries ensuring convenience to the users."
Okinawa now has five lithium-ion battery-powered models in its lineup. This includes two low-speed models and three high-speed offerings. The low-speed offerings include Lite and R30, while the high-speed electric scooters are the i-Praise+, PraisePro and Ridge+ models.
Thoughts On Okinawa Discontinuing Lead-Acid Battery Equipped E-Scooters
It is a good decision from Okinawa to discontinue lead-acid battery-based electric scooters. The lithium-ion batteries offer better performance, are more efficient and have better technology and are a step ahead of the ageing lead-acid battery packs.