Okinawa Scooters, an electric
two-wheeler manufacturing company, began a journey of 10 days and 1350 kms with
‘Praise’ - #WheelsOfChange electric scooter to final reach Khardung La, one of
the highest motorable passes in India.
It is not every day that an
e-vehicle comfortably completes a voyage of 1350 km and reaches a height of
18,380 ft. The historic expedition was
the first time an electric vehicle even attempted to scale a height of more
than 18000 ft, let alone complete it successfully.
Under the campaign ‘Praise De
Himalaya’, the first ever journey of its kind flagged off from Gurgaon in the
presence of Okinawa’s Managing Director Jeetender Sharma, Chairperson. Rupali
Sharma and all their pan India dealers.
Spanning across destinations such as Ambala,
Jalandhar, Pathankot, Banihal, Ganderbal, Sonamarg, Srinagar, Bhimbat,
Lamayuru, Leh and finally Khardung La, the Praise electric scooter convincingly
conquered the mountains.
Okinawa’s premium offering,
equipped with a Lithium-ion battery, braved challenging climatic conditions,
difficult terrains and damaged roads during some stretches. The expedition was
projected as a litmus test for Praise’s capacity to travel through such long
parameters, at 55 - 75km/hr under different speed modes and a range of 170-200
km/charge were further complemented by the detachable battery that made it
possible to fight for this height.
Okinawa’s Praise overcome long
range challenge by the main USP of having the Lithium-ion battery for this
journey. This new development of detachable Lithium-ion battery, was used as an
easy option to just swap it with used battery and charge easily at any stopover
at tea stalls, food points in hilly area & making this ride a hassle free
Even after reaching Khardung
La, one of the highest motorable passes in India, the scooter showed little
signs of wear and tear. At the pass, the e-scooter and the riders were greeted
by the company’s top management.
Commenting on the successful
campaign, Jeetender Sharma said, “The ‘Praise De Himalaya’ campaign is the
first and one-of-its-kind journey of an e-scooter to an extremely high-altitude
zone where it is very difficult to attempt two-wheeler expeditions. While many
apprehensions were raised on Praise’s ability to complete such a difficult
journey, we at Okinawa were confident of our vehicle’s capabilities to complete
the trip successfully. It is not every day that an e-vehicle comfortably
completes a voyage of 1350 km and reaches a height of 18,380 ft. Through the ‘Praise De Himalaya’ campaign, we
wanted to ‘Fight for Height ’i.e. the different psychological barriers and
biases that stop a consumer from opting for an e-vehicle. We sincerely believe
that Praise’s unique achievement will bring forth a transformation in the way
that e-vehicles are viewed in the country”.
Source: Okinawa Scooters
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