people would refuse to make the switch from an Internal Combustion (IC) engine
powered vehicle to an electric vehicle simply because of poor range, lack of
charging infrastructure and sluggish speed. But the Okinawa Ridge electric scooter can change
your impression on the crucial fronts of range and speed. We take a closer
24Ah VRLA Battery
Shocker with dual tube technology
Charging 4-6 hours
Charging (Optional) 1-2 hours
first glance, the Okinawa Ridge design is futuristic and the looks are voguish.
The fascia sports a large headlamp which casts a decent beam and gives this
electric scooter the smart looks similar to the Honda Dio. The bikini fairing
houses turn indicators which also add a touch of attitude to the scooter. The
stance of the scooter is stylish and smooth flowing lines give the Ridge a very
terms of dimensions, the Ridge is nearly as large as conventional scooters. The
quality of materials used in the construction is surprisingly good and can
infact be considered a benchmark for electric scooters in India. Speaking of
quality even the build and fit of the scooter is remarkable. The switch gear as
well is above average and does not leave an impression of cost cutting. Adding
appeal to a stylish stance are alloy wheels wrapped in tubeless tyres.
scooter gets a digital instrument cluster that displays level of charge in the
battery, speed, odometer and time. The Okinawa ridge has also been equipped with
a key fob that gets an anti-theft feature. It can also be used to remote start
scooter also features a broad saddle which we found more comfortable than most
other scooters we have ridden so far. Also on offer is a back rest for the
pillion rider. The
company has catered to adequate storage space on the scooter. The under seat
storage is decent. It houses a rather large charging unit. The space left is
adequate to fit in a half face helmet. The footboard up front is roomy and
the Ridge is an 800W electric motor propelled by a 60V VRLA battery. While the
company claims a top speed of 55kmph for the Ridge scooter, this may vary
depending on the level of charge in the scooter and of course the weight of the
rider, riding mode and style of riding. The range as well has been claimed at
are Eco and Sport riding modes. In Eco the speed has been limited to 35kmph. The
Sport mode allows the rider to tap into the full potential of the motor
enabling it to reach a maximum speed of 55kmph. In Eco mode the throttle
response is slow and sluggish. The Sport mode feels more active and alive. With
just a small twist of the throttle the Ridge gets going and that too pretty
quickly. In Sport mode it does not take the scooter too long to attain its top
speed of 55kmph. But that figure may not be sustained for too long and a
noticeable drop in performance can be seen with a drop in the level of charge.
woes of refueling may be put to rest, one does need to constantly keep an eye
out for the level of charge left in the led acid batteries. This is where I
faced a problem. The level of charge is not always accurately indicated in the
instrument cluster. But our estimate is that if you are riding all through in
Sport mode the Ridge can do a total of 50-60kms.
overall performance of the scooter is complimented by good brakes and a neatly
tuned suspension which provides adequate cushioning on mildly rough roads but
is easily rattled by larger bumps and potholes. The scooter handles well in and
around traffic, it feels surefooted and light and that adds to the fun of
riding this around town.
Ridge scooter is quick and if your daily travels are around the 50-60kms mark
then this is probably the most convenient and economical option around.
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