HQ: Bangalore, India
India’s practical but badass e-moto.
India is set to add 30 million new two-wheelers to the road annually by 2030, buoyed by the rise of a gig economy and home deliveries carried out on two-wheelers. The many emerging electric alternatives are consistently premium vehicles that are more geared towards urban commuters – slim and unable to handle the demands of heavy payloads and tough working conditions.
How it Works
River is building an electric two-wheeler designed for the masses – sturdy, with a high carrying capacity long range, low cost, and long battery life. Their first product – the RX-1 – is designed for people who work scooters hard, with 65L of lockable storage space and customizable add-ons for a range of use cases, making it the perfect option for people delivering goods on two wheels.
The team is set to outperform existing Indian e-mobility players like Ather and Ola Electric on cost with no sacrifice on range, storage space, or speed. These factors mean that the River RX-1 will be the best option across India’s working and professional classes. The team comes to River with impressive experience at Honda, Ultraviolette Automotive, and more.
times lower operating cost
than a gas-burning two-wheeler
ARAVIND MANI CO-FOUNDER
Aravind was previously VP of Operations and Strategy at Ultraviolette Automotive, India’s leading electric motorbike startup.
VIPIN GEORGE CO-FOUNDER
Vipin previously led design for Ultraviolette Automotive. Before that, he designed for the Honda Activa, India’s top-selling two-wheeler.
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