Design and Styling of
Not much has changed on the looks front. The scooter carries
over the design and graphics from the Praise. The seat gets a white border on
the sides, which was not seen on the Praise scooter. The ground clearance and
seat height have gone up slightly. Okinawa has increased the ground clearance
from 170mm to 175mm and the seat height from 774mm to 800mm. Do not worry, your
feet should still reach the ground and the scooter is not too daunting for
shorter people. The instrument cluster is completely digital and shows you
things like your speed, distance covered, boost level, charge level, trip meter
and time. There is a handy amount of storage space at the front and a USB
charging port is also present for convenient charging of devices like your
phone. But that is all the storage space you get as almost the entirety of the
underseat compartment is occupied by the two lithium-ion batteries. The company
was using lead acid batteries in the Praise but has shifted to lithium-ion
batteries for the I-Praise. Additionally, these batteries are detachable and
are easier to charge. Using the supplied charger, once can charge a completely
drained battery in 2-3 hours. The batteries work in a slave-master
configuration – one battery is connected to the other.
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The scooter also boasts of smartphone connectivity via the
Okinawa Eco App. Currently the app is only available for Android users but an
iPhone compatible version should appear soon. Once downloaded, users can get a
host of information related to their scooter right on their smartphone screen.
You can see things like the vehicle status, crash reports, charge level etc.
The app also allows you to geo-fence the scooter and set speed limits. Through
geo-fencing, users will be notified if their scooter goes beyond the
predetermined radius. The app also has an SOS button which sends a message and
the scooter location to any of your desired contacts. Finding the I-Praise will
hardly be a problem ever as the app also allows you to track the location of
Ride and Handling of
We found the ride quality and characteristics of the
I-Praise similar to that of Praise. That is hardly a surprise considering that
both scooters get a 1000W BLDC motor. The scooter has two riding modes, E
(Economy) and S (Speed). The E mode is meant for energy efficient rides around
the city. Here the top speed is limited to 35kmph, although a lighter person
could push the scooter beyond that. The S mode unleashes the full power of the
scooter allowing it to climb a little beyond 72kmph. Then you have the Turbo
button on the left side, which boosts the scooter’s acceleration for a short
while. The scooter is definitely fun to ride in the S mode and even with two
people on the scooter.
In terms of range, the scooter has a rated range of
160-180km per charge but that drops down to a more conservative 120-140km in
real world riding. The scooter is shod with 90/90 12-inches tyres that are
decent for this scooter and lend it enough grip to tackle everyday city roads.
Okinawa has fitted disc brakes on both wheels along with electronic ABS.
However, in our testing we still found the rear wheel locking up if you brake
suddenly. You can opt to have a big or a small disc brake on the front wheel,
in case you want to have extra, if unnecessary, braking power. The suspension
is a bit stiff but not unbearable.
Okinawa has managed to impress me with the
removable lithium-ion batteries. They will service the customer for longer and
help in delivering a better experience. The throttle lock is yet another great
addition and can save you from accidentally launching the scooter. While the
connected features might be a bit of a gimmick for the average daily commuter,
it has its benefits that can be harnessed by others. These benefits do come at
an increased cost and it is a cost which might not be reasonable for some
people who just focus on the initial cost of ownership. So while the scooter
has become smarter, I feel it could still have been tweaked better.