The electric bike is available in two variants – Urbansport and Urbansport Pro, priced at Rs 59,999 and Rs 69,999 respectively and will initially go on sale in Kochi, before launching in other high-potential markets like Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi in the future.
According to VAAN, the vehicles offer a maximum assist (top speed) of 25 km/h and a pedal-assisted range of 60 kilometers.
VAAN claims that a full charge would only require half a unit of electricity, costing around Rs 4-5. The removable battery, with a net weight of 2.5 kg, would provide more convenience and need 4 hours for a full charge.
Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly, VD Satheesan and Chairman and CEO of OilMax Energy Pvt. Ltd, Kapil Garg has jointly launched VAAN electric bikes in the Indian market.
Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden unveiled the VAAN brand logo during the event which former MP Chandran Pillai also attended.
Both e-bikes feature compact unisex 6061 aluminum frames, saddle, rims and handlebars designed by Benelli Biciclette, the Italian brand’s upright e-bike.
“VAAN has linked with them for engineering and supply chain and worked closely with the Benelli team for the development of the Urbansport duo,” the group said in a statement.
VAAN claims its removable battery is a first in this segment, adding that the bikes feature a 7-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur system, front and rear disc brakes and Spinner USA front shocks.
“The electric pedal assist system consists of a 250W hub-mounted electric motor, a removable 48-volt, 7.5Ah lithium-ion battery and a total of 5 speed levels electricity,” he said.
VAAN Urbansport e-bikes have a smart LCD display showing all the necessary information, which can also be used to control the front and rear lights.
“The Urbansport is the more practical of the two and has 20-inch spoked wheels, a luggage rack that can carry up to 15 kilograms and an exposed electric motor. Urbansport Pro is a sleeker and more range that features alloy wheels and an electric motor that is seamlessly integrated into the rear hub,” the statement read.
The company’s factory in Ernakulam has an assembly capacity of 2,000 cycles per month and is initially targeting sales of 8,000 to 10,000 cycles per year.
“We used to target a younger audience, but now we’re even looking at people between the ages of 40 and 55 who don’t need to be bike enthusiasts, given the benefits of our product that offers three modes,” said said Jithu Sukumaran Nair, CEO. and founder of VAAN Electric Mobility said.
He said the e-bike has an assisted mode with five electric gears and a full-throttle mode that boosts speed up to 25 km per hour.
VAAN says the removable lithium battery weighing around 2.50kg with a two-year warranty can be fully charged in around four hours and lasts 50-60km depending on how the bike is used.
KISKA GMBH, owned by KTM, Austria, manages the brand strategy of VAAN, an Indian lifestyle e-mobility start-up.
It was launched globally at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy. Vaan has a technological partnership with the famous motorcycle manufacturer Benelli.