Piaggio entered into electric three-wheeler cargo segment
Piaggio Vehicles has entered into the electric three-wheeler cargo segment with the launch of Ape E-Xtra FX with an introductory price of 3.12 lakh. The company has also brought its passenger electric three-wheeler Ape E-City 2021 version with a price tag of 2.83 lakh (Ex-showroom) after the FAME II subsidy also the price is the same.
If we look at the specifications of Ape e-Xtra FX, it is equipped with a 9.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and can be fitted with a six-feet cargo deck.
It is the most powerful electric cargo in the segment with full metal body architecture. It can be customised for different purposes such as a delivery van, garbage collector, etc.
Apart from that, it can be used in e-commerce, gas cylinders, mineral water bottles and vegetable transport besides FMCG.
Diego Graffi, Chairman & MD, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, “Post the launch of Ape’ E-City with Swappable technology in 2019, we are now introducing the Fixed Battery technology solutions to serve the varied needs of customers. This new FX range is a step in realizing Piaggio’s vision which aligns with the government’s initiatives for mass adaption of EVs in India.”
Both the variants come with some key features such as blue vision headlamps, automatic transmission, hill hold assist, regenerative braking, dual-tone seats, striking body colours and graphics, multi-information instrument cluster, boost mode, etc. Its battery can be charged at home and office.
The company claims that its electric cargo three-wheeler’s running cost will be less when compared to regular ICE cargos. Both the vehicles come with a 3 year/one-lakh kilometre warranty and a three-year free maintenance package as an introductory offer for all customers.
The company also have an electric scooter Vespa Elettrica in line, but the Piaggion India Chairman at the Auto Expo 2020 said that the company is not launching an electric scooter in India anytime soon. It might launch after two years as Diego Graffi said that India is most fertile for electric three-wheelers rather than electric three-wheelers.
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