Electric scooters that you can buy right now

Electric is the future! Dread it, Run from it Destiny arrives all the same.

Electric scooters

As it turns out facts overpower emotions in the end. Doesn’t matter how much you love your petrol and diesel-powered vehicles, the shift to alternate power sources remains inevitable. As the abuse of Fossil fuels, since the industrial revolution, has made it a scarce, hence an expensive commodity as well as a threat to the environment.

A near solution to the problem of air pollution is battery-powered vehicles aka EVs. They are silent, cause no pollution and are inexpensive in the long run, as there is no fuel costs. Among the growing choices of EVs in the market right now, here are few that you can buy right away:

Bajaj : Chetak

The scooter is meant to have a premium experience.

Bajaj Motors today inaugurated the Chetak. A scooter that holds fond memories to most of our childhood rides. Built with metal, this scooter is termed by bajaj as a premium scooter, and quite rightly so. The buttons are replaced with switches, and man does it feel premium. The plethora of features includes keyless start, full led setup, soft close systems and much more.

Performance figures show that this scooter can reach a top speed of 90 kmph in the sports mode with a range of 80-85 km while the eco mode can push the bike up to 95-100 km on a single charge.

check them out here.

Ather: 340

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Being the most talked-about startup since last few years, Ather is surely pulling some right strings. Punchy acceleration, with a 5 kW peak power from the motor results in some crispy ride through the city traffic. Designed to stand out among the crowd, the scooter doesn’t disappoint in providing the performance it is expected to give.

Sprinting from 0-40 kmph in just 3.9 seconds this scooter can well pass any scooter in the traffic. And, with AtherGrid popping out here and there in the city, A 70-85 km range on a city scooter is by far not a bad deal.

Check them out here.

Hero Electric: Photon

Being one of the most trusted brands in the Indian market, the hero electric group came out with a bunch of fun and well-designed scooter. The esthetics does not disappoint, as well as the performance. Being a city scooter the photon does its job well. From an aerodynamic body design to providing a 3-year worry-free warranty the scooter has you covered.

Designed to run in an urban landscape, the photon can reach a top speed of 45 kmph and a range of 80 km/charge.

Check it out here.

Ampere: Zeal

Highlighting their chassis lightness, the Ampere zeal sure makes the logic-heads turn their attention to it. As promoted by the manufacturers, the scooter is supposed to be “30 kg lighter than conventional scooters”, resulting in an impressive weight number of 78 kg kerb weight.

This sure shows up in how the scooter handles and performs. It has a range of 78 km/Charge, reaching top speeds of 60 kmph. Features like, a portable battery, tubeless tyres, fully digital instrument panel and led lights to complete the package.

Check it out here.

Yo Bykes: EDGE

The fresh new look to the scooter does make you ask,” YO! wassup?.” Yo bykes have been there for as long as I can remember about electric vehicles. They were among the firsts to get people excited about electric scooters for the daily commute. The Yo EDGE, with its refreshing new look does make one buy one while giving a tough competition to their newer competitions.

With a top speed of 25 kmph, guess what? NO LICENCE! NO REGISTRATION! Over that, a range of 70 km per charge can easily put this bike on top of the list for buyers who want a city scooter that offers no-nonsense riding.

Check them out here.

Okinawa: Praise

Praise it all you want, cuz that claimed 170-200 km range is insanely impressive. Though Okinawa claims that the tests are done in ideal conditions, the real-life range is not what it should be, but still impressive. Running a 1 kW motor that peaks at 2.5 kW to push the bike up to 70 kmph top speed.

With the price points being equally impressive, this scooter brand has made its presence felt all over the country with its numerous outlets all over India.

Check them out here.

22kymco: iFlow

The scooter brand, that made headline last year with its 160 km promised range, swappable batteries and an insane 90 Nm torque at 100 RPM. The 22 motor’s iFlow boasts of AI-driven scooter functions and other features like smooth acceleration, premium built quality and IoT. 22 motors in partnership with KYMCO motors, Taiwan has made the iFlow a pretty well-built scooter.

The release dates for the scooter was supposed to be September 2019, yet we have to wait to get news of the event.

Check them out here.

Pure EV: E Pluto

Granting a 120 km absolute range, that is more than sufficient for any city rider, the ePluto presents us with some beautiful design for a scooter. The scooter is yet to arrive in the market carries a massive 2 kWh battery pack, coupled with a lightweight chassis makes the scooter a product to wait for.

“With a top speed of 35 kmph, it does 0-25 kmph in 4 seconds and we will enhance the top speed to 45 kmph in the coming year,” says Mr Rohit Vadera, CEO, Pure EV.

With the scooter itself claimed to weigh around 45 kg, this product is sure to intrigue us with its 80km claimed range.

Check them out here.

With the coming EV rush, it’s just exciting to watch newer technology being implemented to entice the general public to take up electric mobility as their primary mode of transport. We only hope that the future of EVs is exciting and as feel-good as the present mode of 2 wheel travel is right now(or more).

Learn Automobile Design and Sketching in Bangalore | Chennai | Mumbai

Launchpad Academy – Automobile Design and Sketching Classroom Course Launched in India .

After many pending requests from hundreds of students to make our online course available to regular, mentor-led classrooms, we have finally devised a classroom model of our Diploma in Car Design course!  Launchpad’s flagship online course, Diploma in Car Design is finally coming offline as a Classroom Course’.

In a short span of time, our Diploma in Car Design – Online course has become a known name among car design enthusiasts. The course has helped hundreds of talented individuals in India and abroad to take the first and the most crucial step of their car design career i.e. understanding the concepts of sketching and rendering.

Students come to us with high hopes to learn how to draw cars and that’s exactly what they get in a span of 3 months. The students will be able to understand the basics of Transportation Design, learn how to observe a car as a designer and apply those concepts to their innovative ideas. They will be able to visualize, sketch and digital render their own concept cars by the end of the course.

Why Are We Introducing A Classroom Course?

Though Launchpad Academy is located in Bangalore, the online learning convenience of our DiCD program has helped hundreds of students all around India and the world. Apart from South Indian cities like Chennai and Hyderabad, we have students pursuing the course from distant parts of North India and even from foreign countries like Uganda, Saudi Arabia and Germany. However, we have a lot of course applicants who feel they can express themselves better in classrooms when they can interact with the mentor face-to-face.

There are many students who are interested in Car Design but still unsure about the ways online education works. We would like to help such students by teaching Car Design the way they prefer. However, along with the new Classroom course Launchpad Academy will also retain its Online course which is preferred by the rest of the course applicants living far from Bangalore. In short, we want what our students want!

How Will Be The Classroom Course Different from The Online Course?

Diploma in Car Design-Classroom course will be different from its predecessor Online course in the following ways.
• All the 10 sessions will be conducted in a well-equipped classroom
• Students can interact with the mentors face-to-face
• Hands-On training
• Instant feedback and individual attention
• Students get to interact with each other and share their ideas, face-to-face
• Even after the class, students can make use of the classroom for practice and discussions

Course Objectives
Diploma in Car Design – Classroom Course is aimed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of Automotive Design and Sketching  through mentor-led classroom sessions, intuitive assignments and other hands-on experiences. By the end of the three month course, a student will be well versed with the fundamentals of Transportation Design, with special emphasis on Cars. Student will be able to sketch and digital render their own concept cars, prepare their Design Portfolio and gain the skills and confidence to apply for reputed Design Schools or get Internships in Design Studios.

Course Structure
• 3 Months Course
• 10 Classroom Sessions
• Assignments at the end of each session
• Final Project at the end of the course
• Hands-On sessions for better understanding of Sketching and Rendering concepts • Design Kit for regular practice and participation in Hands-On sessions

Course Highlights
• First of its type in India
• Faculty comprising of industry experts,
• Hands-On Training
• No age restrictions, open to both students and professionals
• No prerequisite educational background required
• Design Kit comprising of imported markers and pencils
• Introduction to Photoshop
• Industry certified Course Completion Certificate
• Payment can be made in two installments
• Internship opportunities after the completion of the course

Course Content
Class 1: Introduction to Car Design
• Overview of Transportation / Automobile Design
• What is Car Design?
• Historical perspective on Car Design
• What do Car Designers do?
• Some important Car designers & Case Histories
• Trends in Car Design
• Design process
• Automotive Design- Body Styles, Layout, Proportions and Themes Class 2: Design Communication
• Introduction to sketching as communicating tool
• Sketches Classification- Ideation Sketches, Exploratory Sketches, Explanatory Sketches and
Persuasive sketches
• Sketching Basics
1. Learning to sketch straight lines
2. Learning to sketch circles and ellipses
• Sketching Exercises to train your arms and hands to acquire consistency in your line work
Class 3: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Applying Sketching Techniques- Lines, Circles and Ellipses
• Introduction to Perspective Theory
• 1-Point Perspective Sketching
• Geometry- Cubes, Cylinders and Spheres
Class 4: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• 2-Point Perspective Sketching
• Sketching geometry shapes in 2 Point Perspective
Class 5: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 3
• Building Blocks to Car Sketching
• Sketching a Block Car
• Using Primitive Shapes to build a car in Perspective
• Understanding the basic Form and Proportions of a Car Sketch
Class 6: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 4
• Understanding Light & Shadow- Highlights, Reflections, Cast, Core and Shadow
• Wheel Sketching
Class 7: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Using block car techniques to sketch
1. Side-view of a Car
2. Front and Rear view of a Car
3. 3/4 Front and Rear view of a Car
Class 8: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• Freehand Sketching a car using 1-Point Perspective and 2-Point Perspective
Class 9: Sketch Rendering Fundamentals
• Approach Rendering with proper methodologies for execution
• Understanding how to Render Reflective surfaces
• Understanding Contrast, Highlights, and Color
• Rendering Exercise 1- Pencil/Pen shading
• Rendering Exercise 2- Marker Rendering
Class 10: Concept Sketching and Digital Rendering
• Concept Sketching Cars
• Rendering Exercise 3- Using Digital Methods to render the Concept Sketches

Classroom Location
launchpad Design Studio, Sanjaynagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka-560079

Additional Course Details
Call / Whatsapp: +91 9632027594 
Mail: info@launchpadacademy.in


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Launchpad Alumni Interview – Gautam Merwan-NID

Gautam Merwan is a talented young fellow from Chennai and a dear student of Launchpad Academy. A Mechanical Engineer by qualification, Gautam always wanted to be a designer and study in a reputed design school like National Institute of Design (NID).  A guy who looks up to Tesla’s Elon Musk more than anybody, Merwan started his design ventures in his engineering days with his innovative ‘The Wash Bike/WIKE’ concept which is a cycle cum washing machine! A guy with many innovative ideas, Gautam shares his NID success story with us and remembers how Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course help him achieve his dream of getting into NID. Read on!

Gautum and his WIKE Team

Gautum and his WIKE Team

Congrats Gautam! How does it feel to get into NID?
It feels great! My phone is ringing restlessly as everyone I know is calling or texting me to congratulate on my success! Last year my performance was utterly horrible, especially the Studio Test. This is my second attempt and a lot of things have changed over a year, if not hugely, significant at least. I am very happy about it.

So how was the whole NID experience?
The NID admission process in particular, is always a treat! Starting from their Design Aptitude Test which is round 1, all the way to their Studio Test and Interview which is round 2, the entire process is so awesome. Just the experience of going through their tests and having them pick your brains for what creative mess you’re really made of is really rewarding. So whether you get in or not, you definitely gain something to hold on to for life!

How were the Studio Test and Interview?
The questions were just so cool! It’s unlike anything that you see in CEED or any IIT entrance exams. Last year, the first question I was asked in the interview was ‘Which was the latest movie that you saw’! What’s more good about NID is that people they really read students and remember us. They immediately recognized me from my last year’s interview and asked what I was up to the entire year. They don’t care about your marks nor your strokes on pieces of paper, but the person and the vision behind those. They are really cool and friendly people, in the interview hall.

What kind of questions are asked in the Studio Test of NID?
There are many rounds and levels.
1. The first round is a pretty simple and straight forward task, a Live Sketching round. I was given a Porsche Cayenne SUV and was asked to draw two particular views (Front and Rear ¾ views) and a view of our choice. They provide you 30 minutes, a huge A2 paper and a ball point pen.
2. Then we were seated back inside the hall and given a booklet with our next set of questions. There were a few general questions like identification of certain cars from their pictures and noting their special features. We were also given a blank front view outline which we were supposed to complete using our imaginative skills.
3. There was also a task where we were supposed to make a model with the materials given to us of a modular seating/sleeper compartment for either a train or sleeper bus.

Gautam's Sketches

Gautam’s Sketches

How did Launchpad help you in all of this?
I am person who was always against coaching centers who promise to help you with your design skills but only end up making Design into an Engineering styled rat race. As I told, my first attempt was an utter disaster. Right from holding the pen in the right manner and drawing a straight line to sketching cars, I learnt all of it after I joined Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course. I first attended their Car Design workshop in Chennai and the people of Launchpad seemed assuring and reliable the very day I met them. I took up their DiCD program online and the rest is history!

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Launchpad Alumni Interview – Shyam Prasad – NID

Shyam Prasad is a 23 year old mechanical engineering graduate living in Gadag, Karnataka. A design enthusiast driven by automobiles, getting into a reputed design school like NID or IDC was Shyam’s dream of many years. Shyam successfully cleared the written exam and studio tests of NID and will be pursuing his M.Des degree in Transportation and Automobile Design. He spoke to Launchpad on this joyous occasion and remembered how our Diploma in Car Design course helped him in his success and shared all the details about NID’s studio tests and other selection procedures. Read on!

Congrats Shyam! How does it feel to get into NID?
Thank you and I’m on Cloud 9 right now! It feels great. In fact this is my second attempt. Though I made it to the 5th waitlist, I was unable to clear NID’s tough entrance exams for the first time. However, I didn’t give up my hope on becoming an automobile designer. Every decimal counts in NID’s entrance score. I missed it by a mere 0.70 the first time and I’m glad I cleared it this time!

Shyam's Sketches

Shyam’s Sketches

Can you tell us more about the NID exam pattern this year?
I’ll give you a comparison rather. When I appeared for the exam for the first time, the test had about 7-10 descriptive questions and the total awarded marks was 50. But this time, the emphasis was more on creative-sketching rather than descriptive and the total marks was doubled to 100 as well, this year. The paper pattern is totally unpredictable to be honest.

Can you briefly tell us about the Studio Test following the exam?
The Studio Test wasn’t just a test, it was a whole new experience! After clearing the first round, we were asked to attend the second round at their campuses, respective of the streams we chose. I gave the entrance exam in Bangalore and the Studio Test was in Gandhinagar. The Studio Test goes on for a minimum of 2 days and can go on up to 5 days. We were offered free hostel stay during the Studio Test and the fact I was in NID campus made me reduce my stress levels and face the tests more confidently.

Shyam's Sketches

Shyam’s Sketches

What kind of questions are asked in the Studio Test of NID?
The studio test can be shortlisted to three stages.
1. We were asked to pen down three views of the scale models of the cars.
2. With a few craft items, we were given a task to complete.
3. The Interview.
Last time, we were made to sit in front of a JCB and asked to sketch three views of the JCB. The studio test, as I told earlier is a whole new experience! It is totally unpredictable, how they decide to test you. But it was a lot of fun!

How was the Personal Interview?
The interview was very cool and casual. Generally we expect interviews to be stress filled, but interviewers here go really easy on us. But they will definitely get the information they need out of us. Keeping our calm is the only preparation needed for the interview. We must know what we are talking about rather assuming or bluffing. One doesn’t need any coaching to face interviews and learn how to behave; we just have to be ourselves. And yes, we need to carry a portfolio to present the panel. In fact, carry everything and anything which shows the creative part of ourselves. Nothing is too much. The panel patiently goes through all the sketches or items that we present.

Shyam's Sketches

Shyam’s Sketches

How did Launchpad help you in all of this?
I was very disappointed when I couldn’t crack the tests for the first time. I felt it was because I didn’t put enough efforts. But it was just that I had no idea of many aspects of the car design though I wanted to pursue Transportation Design as a career. I just looked at car sketches and copied them down. But after I joined Launchpad, I got to know about perspectives, ratios and many other technical terms of car design. It totally redefined sketching for me. I think that sums up how important Launchpad was for me to get into NID!


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Launchpad Students Help Design India’s First Driverless Car

Driverless cars is not an unrealistic concept anymore and India is not behind in the race either. AuRo is an ambitious startup started by a bunch of IITians who are on the verge of launching India’s first driverless car. A research group of 30 people from IIT Khragpur, these guys here at AuRo have been working on autonomous vehicles from the past 4 years and finally their efforts have started to pay off. They are presently helping some of the leading automobile companies in building autonomous driving systems and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) for their cars.

Most of the automobile companies and even Google are fighting over automated passenger cars and urban mobility today; and team AuRo feels it is in the right time, with the right product. Tech conferences, investor meets, workshops or science conventions, AuRo is giving its 100% to promote its products and gain the limelight it deserves.

Side View of AuRo’s Driverless Shuttle

Side View of AuRo’s Driverless Shuttle

Currently they are working on a ‘Driverless Shuttle’ which can replace manually driven carts and mini buses in university and company campuses, large industrial sites, theme parks and gated residential communities. The shuttle uses radars and lasers to determine its path and recognize the obstacles on its way. A high quality camera and a GPS system are also present to make the travel experience more smooth and safe. Though AuRo had the engineering to realize its Driverless Shuttle, it could really use a designer’s insight over its vehicle design and also use an impressive visual representation of its amazing concept. We are glad AuRo considered Launchpad Academy to help them with their design needs. Nalin Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Auro had a small chat with us over the phone and the next thing we know, our office shutter was open on a Sunday too!

Arjun Moger, one of our associate faculty formed a team of 3 comprising two of our students. The team sat down with Nalin, understood the whole Driverless Shuttle concept, listened to Nalin’s ideas and discussed if they could provide Nalin what he wants. Here is a brief on the design development process of India’s first driverless car by AuRo with Launchpad Academy’s assistance.

Image 1

Image 1

In the image, Part A is a bubble themed concept which is centered around a couch like interior with curved seats and open windows. The couch concept was designed so that commuters could interact more when seated opposite to each other. But since Nalin’s prime focus was on basic transportation and not the interaction of the commuters, the team came up with Part B. This boxy concept was based on Nalin’s suggestion that he wanted a cost effective vehicle that could accommodate more people and that could be manufactured with easily available materials. The outward mounted seats was an attempt to accommodate more people and use the available space to the fullest extent.

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Part E in Image 2 are just a few of the numerous iterations of Part B and the design was inspired by Volkswagen Beetle.

Since the Driverless Shuttle would be used for small distances, comfort was a lesser priority when compared to accommodating more people. Hence Nalin’s suggestion was to take out the seats and make the interior more spacious, open and safe (Part C). The concept was further improvised by taking a school bus as an inspiration and taking away all the unwanted support structures in between, and including them only in the corners. The roof was given special emphasis this time and Nalin gave a go on the hard shelled top.

Finalized Concept of the Driverless Shuttle

Finalized Concept of the Driverless Shuttle

The above shown finalized concept was sketched and then rendered in Photoshop and finally Nalin could see AuRo’s future Driverless Shuttle on the computer screen! That day AuRo got one more step closer to its dreams! It was almost 11 in the night, Nalin was extremely pleased with Launchpad Academy and its talented students who helped him realize the design he wanted, in a single day!

Though we Launchpad Academy are an educational startup, we couldn’t be more privileged to be a part of something so unique and phenomenal in India, nation’s first driverless car! Because that’s what startups do, believe in startups first and foremost, help each other and take the startup revolution in India to new heights! And moreover, our Diploma in Car Design students wouldn’t have gotten a better opportunity than this to showcase their skills and knowledge gained from the course, an opportunity to help design India’s first driverless car!

Our Student Royce De Souza’s Take On The Driverless Car

Front View

Front View

Side View

Side View


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