In December 2019, in New Delhi, the Piaggio Group presented the new Ape E-City, the full-electric version of the iconic Piaggio three-wheeler, marking the Group's entry on the electric commercial vehicles market in India.
The Ape has been given a makeover to meet ever-changing individual and commercial mobility needs, through innovative solutions that also respect the environment.
The Ape E-City is an effective response to the growing demand for commercial mobility, in particular for urban transport in India, and to increasing interest in alternative energy sources.
With battery swap technology, a depleted battery can be swapped with a charged one in just a few minutes, thanks to a dedicated "charging network" with specific battery replacement stations, in cities where the vehicle will be sold, developed together with dedicated partners.
The use of this vehicle architecture makes the full-electric version compatible with the current charging infrastructure on the Indian market, which is also gradually developing.
The Ape E-City is produced at the Piaggio Group's Baramati site, in the state of Maharashtra, and is available on the Indian market at a price in line with the natural gas version.
For several months now, the Indian government has adopted a policy supporting electric mobility, in particular for two- and three-wheelers, starting up its FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme. This scheme encourages the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles, with different subsidies, including a tax cut in the Goods and Services Tax, which corresponds to VAT in Italy, for these vehicles from 12% to 5%.

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