Local electronic giant Walton is going to introduce electric bikes or scooters to the market soon.
The e-bikes will run up to 60 kilometres on a single charge and running each km will cost only 10-15 paisa.
Walton will initially launch two models of e-bikes -- TAKYON 1.00 and TAKYON 1.20. The prices of the bikes have not been fixed yet.
Kaikobad Siddiquie, product manager of TAKYON Electric Bike, said TAKYON 1.00 e-bike has a powerful 1.2 kw hub motor where graphene lead acid battery has been used. Once fully charged, this bike can run 60-70km at a maximum speed of 50km per hour.
TAKYON 1.20 features a powerful motor of BOSCH while its portable lithium battery weighs only 9kg. It can cover a distance of 50-60km on a single charge with a maximum speed of 45km/h.
The e-bikes have a portable charger that can be charged from the 220 volt power line used in residence.
Walton says the performance of the bikes is equivalent to a conventional 100cc bike. Dual hydraulic disc brakes, tubeless tires, LCD speedometer and LED lighting have been used in Walton e-bikes.
Bikes are becoming popular among young people but most of them cannot afford to buy conventional petrol bikes and use them regularly due to high cost. Walton aims to deliver motor vehicles to the customers at low cost.
Charging a Walton e-bike will cost only Tk 7-8.
Walton Digi-Tech Industries Limited Chairman SM Rezaul Alam said, “Electric vehicles have not yet gained popularity in Bangladesh. However, the popularity of electric vehicles is higher in developed countries. We want to make local customers accustomed to electric vehicles through TAKYON. We’ve plans to set up fast-charging stations across the country so that e-bike users can travel anywhere in the country without any hassle.”
Deputy Managing Director of Walton Digi-Tech Industries Limited Engineer Liakat Ali said, “We’re trying to build a green universe. To create awareness among consumers on e-waste, we conducted a laptop-desktop exchange campaign which has been well accepted. The E-bike project is another of our initiatives to that endeavour.“
Customers of TAKYON e-bikes will get free after-sales service for up to 2 years from Walton’s designated service points.