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Piaggio India’s Electrifying Move: Introduces Battery Subscription Model, Redefining Electric 3-Wheeler Ownership

In a bold stride toward reshaping the landscape of electric three-wheeler (3W) ownership, Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL), a distinguished player in the Indian automotive sector, has unveiled its groundbreaking “Battery Subscription Model” for the Apé Elektrik electric 3Ws. This innovative initiative marks a significant departure from conventional ownership models, promising to make electric mobility more accessible and hassle-free in the post-subsidy era.

Piaggio’s move comes at a crucial juncture, as the automotive industry grapples with transitioning to sustainable alternatives amidst evolving consumer preferences and regulatory frameworks. The subscription model addresses key pain points associated with electric vehicle (EV) ownership, particularly concerning battery maintenance, lifespan, and upfront costs.

Under this pioneering scheme, customers can acquire the Apé Elektrik chassis for an enticing starting price of INR 2.59 lakhs (ex-showroom Maharashtra), decoupling the vehicle’s cost from that of the battery. The innovative twist lies in the battery subscription, whereby consumers can opt for a hassle-free monthly lease, eliminating concerns about battery health and replacement expenses.

Diego Graffi, Chairman and Managing Director of Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd, expressed confidence in the model’s potential to catalyze EV adoption beyond the subsidy-dependent phase. “Piaggio India has a long history of prioritizing customer satisfaction through innovative products and solutions. The industry-first ‘Battery Subscription Model’ removes another barrier to EV adoption by addressing battery concerns and offering a cost-effective ownership option. We are confident this model will sustain EV growth in a post-subsidy environment,” stated Graffi.

Amit Sagar, Executive Vice President – CV Domestic Business at Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd, emphasized the model’s affordability and convenience, likening the ownership experience to that of traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles. “Customers can now own an electric 3W at a downpayment of just INR 30,000 and an EMI of INR 8,000 per month, which makes it as easy to own as compared to 3W CNG. The Battery Subscription model will bring in a new wave of EV adoption in the industry,” remarked Sagar.

Beyond addressing consumer apprehensions, Piaggio’s subscription model holds promise for policymakers seeking sustainable solutions for the transportation sector. By fostering wider adoption of electric 3Ws, the initiative aligns with broader objectives of reducing emissions and fostering cleaner, more efficient mobility solutions.

The rollout of Piaggio’s Battery Subscription Model is set to commence across 30 key cities in India, signaling a pivotal moment in the evolution of electric mobility. With its innovative approach and commitment to customer-centric solutions, Piaggio is poised to lead the charge towards a greener, more sustainable future in the automotive industry.

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