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Is the Okinawa Okhi-90 really the Wuxi Shenyun SY-T500? | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Contradicting Okinawa’s claims of getting designed and developed the Okhi-90, an nearly an identical product will be discovered on Chinese language e-commerce web sites.


Haryana-based Okinawa Autotech has grown to turn out to be India’s second highest vendor of electrical scooters. Its newest product in India is the Okhi-90 and you’ll learn all in regards to the launch right here. As with its earlier scooters, the corporate is claiming that this has been designed and developed in-house, and, as with its earlier scooters, now we have discovered an an identical product obtainable for bulk buy on Chinese language e-commerce web sites. 

This time round, Okinawa has even devoted a piece of its product launch video (viewable on the corporate’s YouTube channel) to ‘the crafting of the Okhi 90’. On this part, the corporate claims that the product was seeded in January 2020, the design was rendered that March, clay modelling was accomplished by August, after which, the prototype was prepared by March 2021, with endurance testing being accomplished by February 2022.

Whereas business insiders will recognise this as an unrealistically fast timeframe to finish a brand new product from scratch, Okinawa is striving to create the picture of this being a totally in-house improvement. In truth, the corporate responded to our e-mail question stating, “It has been designed and manufactured in India.” Nonetheless, now we have now discovered what seems to be an an identical product from a Chinese language firm and it is referred to as the Wuxi Shenyun SY-T500.

The similarities between the Okhi-90 and Wuxi Shenyun SY-T500 go right down to the precise form of the bodywork, the design of the wheels, the LED head and tail-lamps and even the chrome garnish everywhere in the bodywork. Other than the badges, the one distinction we will see is that the press photos from Okinawa present the scooter with completely different chromed mirrors. Nonetheless, the scooters displayed at Okinawa’s launch occasion didn’t have these mirrors.

As now we have reported earlier than (see under), Okinawa seems to be following this enterprise mannequin for many of its merchandise. To be completely clear, this can be a enterprise mannequin {that a} overwhelming majority of two-wheeler EVs offered in India comply with, with Ather, Bajaj and TVS being just a few notable exceptions. Ola Electrical has additionally taken its personal route by shopping for out Dutch start-up Etergo after which re-engineering the scooter for our market.



The explanation this mannequin is so standard is as a result of all these rising start-ups can method an Unique Gear Producer (OEM) or an Unique Design Producer (OEDM) to do all of the design and improvement work that may in any other case be an impossibly massive expense. China is filled with corporations that promote these low value merchandise in bulk. The product spec can be typically customisable to the client’s necessities, which might be why the quoted spec on Wuxi Shenyun’s web site is completely different to what’s quoted by Okinawa. 

The product then goes on sale in India with a sure stage of localised parts with a view to meet the FAME-II subsidy. The numerous distinction between Okinawa and most different EV companies doing the identical factor is that Okinawa continues to overtly declare that these merchandise are its personal. 

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