Another category has been added to India's portfolio of electric mobility solutions today. Well, there have been some e-bike examples easily available on online shopping portals, but the electric bike we're on about comes from a Pune-based startup Polarity Smart Bikes. And, it is either half the price or it delivers twice the range or it's faster in comparison to the e-bikes currently available. Launched in the presence of Minister of Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari, Polarity e-bikes are broadly categorised under two trims - Executive and Sport.
Under the two categories, ther are six bikes to choose from E1K - Rs 38,000, E2K - Rs 65,000, E3K - Rs 1.05 lakh, S1K - Rs 40,000, S2K - Rs 70,000, and S3K - Rs 1.10 lakh. All price are ex-showroom.
Polarity Smart Bikes all have a claimed minimum range of 80 km between charges. The entry-level E1K will have a top speed of 40 km/h and the range-topping S3K will boast of 100 km/h of top speed. The bikes are powered by BLDC hub motors in the rear wheel, come with a range of Lithium-ion batteries and offer a range of over 80 km on a full charge.
The Sport series of the bikes which comes in three variants - S1K, S2K, and S3K respectively have a top speed of 45 km/h, 70 km/h, and 100 km/h while the E1K, E2K, and E3K come with top speeds of 40 km/h, 60 km/h and 80 km/h.
In terms of parts, Polarity e-bikes boast of a neat list of equipment with upside-down forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear, large spoke wheels with knobby tyres, LED lighting and a fully-digital instrument cluster.
Polarity is offering Bluetooth connectivity and GPS tracking with its e-bikes as a standard feature on the top-spec models and as an optional extra on the remaining models. The Polarity App will connect to a bike and relay critical information like vehicle diagnostics, service logs and details and location tracking.
Carbon points will be credited to each user for the distance one pedals the bike, urging Polarity owners to collectively reduce carbon footprint. The Polarity App goes live with the delivery of the first bike and will be available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Polarity have opened bookings at Rs 1,001 and deliveries will begin early next year. Polarity Smart Bikes should deliver as great last-mile connectivity solutions, along with catering to office commutes within the city. And to top that, if you do run out of juice on a Polarity e-bike while on the go, simply pedal home.