EXCLUSIVE: OSM to launch new electric tractor and two-wheeler | TOI Auto
The genesis OSM Vicktor
Omega Seiki Mobility is looking at bringing a positive change in the EV sector with their new Vicktor electric three-wheeler. What is special about this product is its range. The company recently took the Vicktor on a trip from Murthal to Solan on a single charge. That is a 251km journey and makes the range of this vehicle more than double of many of its competitors.
“We had a customer who said that they need 200km”, said Uday Narang, Founder & Chairman of Omega Seiki Mobility. Our conversation with the man-in-charge revealed that there are many players in fields like last mile connectivity, e-commerce and logistics that are going to benefit from a long-range product like the Vicktor. Even players in foreign markets have asked for longer-range vehicles. “We had requirements from Egypt and Indonesia for a longer range because these are places where the charging infrastructure is not there.” It must be noted that OSM already exports products to places like Egypt, GCC, Indonesia, Latin America and the US.
The team at OSM spent almost two years developing the Vicktor and ensuring that it can go way beyond the 200km mark. There were a lot of challenges along the way but they came through. The team went to their JV partners in Korea, Jae Sung Tech Company and looked at the powertrains designs being made there. These ideas and concepts were then brought to India to be implemented in the Vicktor. “Technically, motor, powertrain, battery, brakes and the whole system has been relooked at”, said Narang.
But that is not all, the company plans to come up with a new version of the vehicle with an even bigger range figure. This improved iteration of the electric three-wheeler could potentially be seen at the upcoming Auto Expo 2023.
The OSM Vicktor has been priced at Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom) and the company has already got an order book of close to 10,000 units. As for availability, the first batch of vehicles should be delivered during the month of November. “We would have liked to do it right around Diwali but we want to make sure (that the vehicle is ready)”. Narang continued to say, “We are running a marathon, not a sprint.”
Our conversation with Uday Narang also revealed that they have plans to launch an electric two-wheeler aimed at rural areas and it will be called Mopido. It could potentially sit in the Rs 60,000-80,000 price bracket while challenging much more expensive models in the market. The smaller 1-ton truck is also set to launch sometime in October. OSM also has plans to bring out multiple products for the rural areas and Victor is one of them. The major news here is that they are planning on entering the tractor segment as well. Along with the new product, the company is also looking at providing tractors for hire. Buying a tractor for many small farms is a challenge for many farmers across the nation and having the option to hire an electric tractor could save them money. However, the tractors are still in development and it could be a little while before we see them in action, possibly sometime next year.
The electric future of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about a silent revolution in India and Uday Narag believes that his company is part of that movement. The government has been pushing the adoption of EVs and has been making many efforts to facilitate the transition from ICE vehicles to EVs. During the last Union Budget, it was proposed that a unified standard be set for swappable batteries so that different vehicles could use the same batteries. While this is a great thought for two-wheelers, larger vehicles come with bigger, non-user-replaceable batteries. For such cases, a unified charging standard has to be enforced.
“We need to have charging homogeneity. We cannot have different chargers for different vehicles. See this is something that the government needs to enforce, certain policies where anybody can use anybody’s charger ”, agreed Narang.
Narang is a believer of ‘Make in India’ and thinks that we need to build the powertrains, batteries and products in India to create an ecosystem where EVs can thrive. But there is another aspect that is often overlooked and needs some attention, financing. “We can have the PLI schemes, we can have FAME II, but we need to have financing for vehicles. This is extremely important.”