Innovations and collaborations to shape the EV future in last mile mobility – ET Auto


Emobi Kyari

New Delhi: A Bengaluru-based startup, Emobi, contributes to the evolution of electric mobility by focusing on areas such as EV design, frugal engineering, and lean manufacturing processes in collaboration with various prominent players in the segment.

The company intends to enter the diverse segments of electric vehicles, including last-mile delivery, passenger transport, utility vehicles, and personal commuting beginning with its flagship electric two-wheeler, Kyari, according to CEO Bharath Rao.

Kyari features a geared high-performance powertrain from Musashi and battery swapping technology from Honda Power Pack Energy (HEID). This collaboration promises a reliable and durable vehicle, tailored to the specific needs of the last-mile delivery and B2B market, he said.

Rao said that the key specifications of Kyari are its performance metrics, with a peak power of 4.2 kW, a top speed of 75 km/h, and a battery powered by HEID’s Honda e:swap technology. He highlighted how these specifications not only match but often exceed the performance of traditional 125CC internal combustion engine vehicles, providing riders with a seamless and enjoyable experience, thereby boosting confidence in the transition to electric mobility.

The company’s collaboration with Honda Power Pack Energy (HEID) has many implications for battery technology. Rao said HEID’s batteries are well designed, and tailored for two-wheeler swapping solutions globally. Backed by the financial strength of Honda Motors, this collaboration ensures the availability of robust infrastructure, including widespread battery swapping stations across India.

Rao shared Emobi’s vision for the future of electric mobility. Anticipating advancements in battery technology, vehicle design, and sustainability practices, he highlighted the expectation of locally manufactured cells practicing circular economy principles and the emergence of fast-charging capabilities at affordable price points.

Discussing the recent budget allocations, Rao emphasized the positive impact of interest-free loans for R&D on companies like Emobi, where significant investments are channelled into research and new product development. He anticipates further support for the EV sector in the main budget post-elections, noting the increasing focus of Indian companies on the performance of EVs and the incorporation of high-performance powertrains.

Emobi, in the lomg-term, aspires to be a global player, investing strategically in core competencies and collaborating with global partners for essential components. It aims to grow the vehicle portfolios in line with the evolving needs of B2B customers, aligning with the global shift towards sustainable mobility options and renewable energy practices. The company envisions a future where EVs are not just a local solution but a global answer to sustainable and self-sufficient transportation, Rao said.

  • Published On Feb 22, 2024 at 06:30 PM IST

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