EXCLUSIVE: OSM launches new electric tractors and two-wheelers | TOI Auto
Origins OSM Vicktor
Omega Seiki Mobility looking to bring about positive change in EV area with their new Vicktor electric tricycle. 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’s 251km and makes this car’s range more than double that of many rivals.
“We had a customer who said they needed 200 km,” says Uday Narang, Founder & President of Omega Seiki Mobility. Our conversation with the curator revealed that there are many players in areas like last-mile connectivity, e-commerce, and logistics that would benefit from a long-range product like Vicktor. Even players in overseas markets have been asking for longer range cars. “We have had requests from Egypt and Indonesia for a longer range because these are places where the toll infrastructure is not yet available.” It should be noted that OSM has exported products to places like Egypt, GCC, Indonesia, Latin America and America.
The team at OSM spent almost two years developing Vicktor and ensuring that it could cross the 200 km mark. There were many challenges along the way but they overcame them. The team visited their joint venture partner in Korea, Jae Sung Tech Company, and reviewed the powertrain designs being made there. These ideas and concepts were then brought to India for implementation in Vicktor. “Technically, the engine, transmission, battery, brakes and the whole system have been reactivated,” Narang said.
But that’s not all, the company plans to put out a new version of the car with even bigger numbers. This innovative iteration of the electric tricycle can be seen at the upcoming Auto Expo 2023.
OSM Vicktor is priced at Rs 5 lakh (factory) and the company has received an order for almost 10,000 units. Regarding availability, the first batch will be delivered in November. “We want to do it right around Diwali but we want to make sure that (vehicle is ready).” Narang continued, “We’re running a marathon, not a sprint.”
Products coming soon
Our conversation with Uday Narang also revealed that they plan to launch an electric two-wheeler geared towards the countryside and it will be called the Mopido. It can be in the Rs 60,000-80,000 price bracket while challenging much more expensive models on the market. The less than 1-ton truck is also slated to launch in October. OSM also plans to roll out more products to rural areas and Victor is one of them. The main news here is that they are also planning to enter the tractor segment. Along with the new product, the company is also looking at offering tractor rentals. Buying a tractor for many small farms is a challenge for many farmers across the country, and having the option to rent an electric tractor can save them money. However, the tractors are still in development and it may be a while before we see them in action, possibly next year.
India’s electric future
Prime minister Narendra Modi recently talked about a quiet revolution in India and Uday Narag believes his company is part of that movement. The government has been promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and there have been many efforts to facilitate the transition from ICE vehicles to electric vehicles. In the last Union Budget, it was proposed that a uniform standard be established for replaceable batteries so that different vehicles could use the same battery. While this is a great thought for two-wheelers, larger vehicles come with larger batteries that are not user-replaceable. For such cases, a uniform charging standard must be enforced.
“We need to have uniform charging. We cannot have different chargers for different vehicles. Let’s see this as something the government needs to enforce, certain policies that anyone can use anyone’s charger,” Narang agreed.
Narang is a ‘Make in India’ believer and thinks we need to build powertrains, batteries and products in India to create an ecosystem where electric vehicles can thrive. But there is another aspect that is often overlooked and needs a little attention, and that is finance. “We can have PLI programs, we can have FAME II, but we need to finance the vehicles. This is extremely important.”