What’s in the name, you ask? Well, when it comes to the Bounce Infinity E1 electric scooter, everything. The Bounce Infinity comes with an ‘infinite’ range and it ‘bounces’ a lot (we will come to that part later). We might be experiencing a paradigm shift towards electric mobility but range anxiety remains EVs’ Achilles heel.  The prime weapon in Bounce’s arsenal is its battery swapping technology which is aimed at battling this very issue.

We recently got behind the bars of this new kid on the block to find out what sets it apart from the sea of electric scooters that have flooded the Indian market. Here are our major takeaways:

Design

‘Cutesy’ is the word that perfectly describes the visual appearance of the Bounce Infinity. Pardon us for not choosing a better word but it is what it is. Since round, retro headlights have made a sparkling comeback, Bounce realized that they couldn’t go wrong with it.

And Infinity’s round headlamp setup does look the part! Instead of regular handlebars that we find on conventional scooters, the Infinity gets a wide, straight handlebar that is a common sight on commuter motorcycles. The digital instrument cluster and petite headlamp housing greet the rider with an uncluttered cockpit view. The view upfront further establishes the fact that it is a no-frills scooter.

The quality of the switchgear is decent enough for the price it commands. At the right side of the handlebar, you will find a hazard switch integrated with reverse/drag mode. Below that, there’s a flimsy toggle switch that lets you switch between three modes- Power, Eco and Drag. A tiny ignition switch also finds itself tucked below the ride mode toggle.

Things are rather spartan when you move over to the left side of the handlebar. There’s a button for switching between low and high beam, a horn and a button to engage the reverse mode.

The floorboard has just enough room for the rider to place both his feet up. Since Bounce is pegging the Infinity as an ‘urban scooter’, it should have been high on the practicality front but sadly, it isn’t. Pop open the hood (seat, my bad!), and you will be greeted by a swappable battery and 11 litres of under-seat storage.

If you are thinking about fitting your full-face helmet inside this ‘cavity’, you will have to remove the hefty battery and carry it with you like a lost puppy, wherever you go. That would make you look stupid though.

Bounce Infinity E1 is a testimonial to the fact that you don’t necessarily need a horde of stickers to make a vehicle look pretty. The Infinity E1 is devoid of any gawky stickers as branding is limited to just one sticker on the side panel. The most attractive design element has to be the flush-fitting footpegs with ‘feather-touch’. They are concealed nicely within the bodywork and pop out when you gently press them. Bounce is expecting the Infinity E1 to be used as a workhorse, and this fancy bit might not make it to the production model. Since this was a pre-production unit, the rather mechanical side stand won’t make the final cut either.

The Infinity E1 gets alloys at the front while the rear gets a pretty wheel cap to round off the overall aesthetics. Not to forget, it rides on 12-inchers at both ends. The E1 can be had in five colour options: Sporty Red, Sparkle Black, Pearl White, Desat Silver and Comed Grey. Not just this but if you wish to get your creative juices flowing, you can also design your own custom wrap and the kind folks at Bounce will get your scooter wrapped.

Battery, Performance and Range

The Infinity E1 draws its 83nm worth of performance from its 2kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides a certified range of 85km per charge. Bounce is yet to reveal the exact power output but the company claims that the Infinity E1 can sprint from 0 to 40kph in 8sec and has a top speed of 65kph. We got to witness this electric scoot first hand to put these claims to test and our findings were pretty interesting.

I slotted the scooter into power mode and whacked open the throttle. Since this was the first time I was riding an electric scooter, I expected a strong shove that is synonymous with battery-powered vehicles. Sadly, that ‘shove’ didn’t arrive. The Infinity E1 does take off nicely but loses its momentum soon after. Save for some straight roads with almost no traffic, its top speed of 65km/h seldom made an appearance on the instrument cluster. Switching to Eco mode will limit the top speed to a measly 40km/h.

It wouldn’t be fair to compare Infinity E1’s overall oomph to other electric scooters like the Ola S1 Pro or the Ather 450X because they will simply outpace it in no time. And not to forget, they will also burn a larger hole in your pocket. Bounce still needs to fine-tune the throttle and calibrate the electronics because the overall ride experience was cluttered with the scooter behaving abnormally. While coming downhill, it completely lost power as if the throttle and the battery pack had a toxic fallout. They just refused to connect. The scooter gained its power back but not before 3-4 seconds had already passed with me being absolutely clueless.

Apart from power and eco modes, the Infinity E1 also gets drag and reverse modes. If you encounter a puncture, you don’t need to manhandle the scooter to the nearest puncture repair shop. Just slot it in drag mode, get off the scooter and walk with it as its top speed in this mode is capped at 3km/h. But here’s the catch: Although this mode worked as it was supposed to, on one occasion, the scooter slotted itself back into the power mode and started running away from us. Probably it anticipated that we will be reviewing it with a keen eye. But still, it cements the fact that Bounce still needs to calibrate the electronics.

Bounce claims that the Infinity E1 can run 85km per charge. Our test unit displayed 69km of remaining range when we took it out for a spin. By the end of our sprint, the range came down to 25 km. Did we ride it for 44 kilometres? Not by a fair margin but our test included multiple runs uphill and downhill. This can deplete the overall range significantly so we can expect an attainable figure of 60km/charge which should suffice for city runabouts. Bounce hasn’t made any tall claims when it comes to the Infinity E1 and is calling it an urban scooter. So no false promises here.

It could have packed more performance but we are assuming that it would have negatively impacted one of its strong points- its price. The overall performance on offer is just enough to ferry you from one place to another in the urban jungle. Ride it sanely and it wouldn’t protest but expecting peppy performance will leave you wanting for more.

Ride and Handling

Thanks to the straight, wide handlebar, the riding position takes some time to get used to. The handlebar is pushed more towards the rider which makes it convenient to hold.

It is about time that we address what we meant by ‘it bounces a lot’ in the ceremonial paragraph. The Infinity E1 is built around a tubular frame and gets hydraulic telescopic front suspension and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Being an urban commuter, we expected it to bless us with a plush riding experience. However, it didn’t turn out that way. At all. For reasons unknown, the Infinity E1’s suspension is set up on the stiffer side. Undulations on the road will make you ‘bounce’ around, justifying its moniker. Its ride quality harkens back to the hardtail motorcycles of yore as it lets the rider know each and everything that is happening underneath.

However, the stiff suspension setup does aid in its handling capabilities. The Infinity E1 is agile and follows your inputs like its life is dependent on it. Although its overall performance won’t see you entering corners with decent speed, its 120-section rear tyre and stiff suspension setup make sure that it stays planted. This only applies to smooth blacktop though.

That brings us to another major chink in its armour and that is its cornering clearance. While taking a left-hander, it wouldn’t take long before the side stands starts making love with the tarmac. And that too, violent and sort of disturbing love. But Bounce is claiming that they will rectify this issue by replacing the side-stand with a new unit altogether. If there’s one department where the Bounce Infinity E1 completely blew our mind, it has to be its braking. The Infinity E1 benefits from disc brakes at both ends with Electronic Braking system (EBS) and also gets regenerative braking technology. The brakes are super-responsive and borderline overkill if you ask us. It stops on a dime and the brake lever gives you enough feedback to let you know that the world is coming to a halt.

Pricing and subscription

Pricing is where Bounce has hit the bull’s eye because they know that ours is a price-sensitive market. If you wish to buy the Infinity E1 with the battery and charger, you will need to shell out INR 59,999 in Gujarat. However, Bounce believes that since battery swapping is the way to go, their battery-as-a-service monthly subscription would make more sense. If you aren’t purchasing the battery, prices drop down to as low as INR 36,099. And that is how kids, you send waves of worry in your rivals’ camp! You can know more about its pricing here.

Other miscellaneous bits

Assuming that you buy the bike and battery both, the battery would take around 4-5 hours to get completely juiced up. The digital display it comes packed with might not be the most comprehensive of the lot but it gets the job done just right. Here’s all the info it displays: ignition status, battery SOC status, speed display, odometer, vehicle status, Bluetooth status and ride modes. To make the proposition even more desirable, it also gets LED projector headlamps and a USB charging socket as a standard fitment.

Verdict

The Bounce Infinity E1 is very clear in its intent. It is strictly an urban commuter with no tall claims when it comes to its performance or range. If Bounce irons out all the niggles that we experienced during its first ride including the super-stiff suspension setup, they have an absolute winner at their hand. Killer pricing, gorgeous looks and its battery swapping tech make the Bounce Infinity E1 an interesting and considerable option in this segment.