Okinawa Scooters recently announced that it has received certificate of eligibility from ARAI, making it the first electric two-wheeler manufacturer to become eligible for both FAME II approval as well as the incentives offered under the purview of the scheme. To be more specific, Okinawa I-Praise and Okinawa Ridge+, both Lithium-ion e-scooters, have achieved the certification.

Jeetender Sharma, Founder and Managing Director, Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd., said, “With eligibility under Fame-II, our customers will be able to enjoy standard subsidy depending upon the model battery kwh. For Okinawa Ridge+ & i-Praise the subsidy would be between Rs. 17,000 – Rs. 26,000 based on kWh. We are confident that this will motivate more environment conscious customers to become a part of the Okinawa family to enjoy not only the benefits of e-scooters but also the advanced features offered in the Okinawa range.”

According to FAME-II which is an ambitious government plan to promote ‘Make In India’, Government’s vision of strengthening the electric vehicle eco-system & look forward to the conducive policy keeping in mind the concerns & expectation of the industry for which they require the electric vehicle makers to have 50% local content in e-vehiclesif they want to avail the incentive. The OEMs to gain eligibility certificate for facilitating registration of their vehicles under FAME-II, the testing agencies have to ensure compliance of Phased Manufacturing Programme (PMP) as per guidelines of Department of Heavy Industry/ Government of India.

With this testing, Okinawa products have met all the government parameters of having a speed of around 40km/h, range of about 80 km/charge, 50% Localization & incentivizing on the Li-ion battery capacity. This government clearance for Okinawa products marks a bold stance in the EV industry showing that they firmly believe in MAKE IN INDIA Product.