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River Indie | Purposefully Practical | First Ride Review

Commuting has been revolutionized with the introduction of electric vehicles, bringing a refreshing change to our mobility options.

For

Practicality , Seating Comfort , Looks

Against

Weight , Switchgear quality

Overview

Electric vehicles, in general, are getting a lot more unconventional these days. Commuting has been revolutionized with the introduction of electric vehicles, bringing a refreshing change to our mobility options. One gets a lot more space to experiment, ideate and innovate and eventually build something more market-friendly. One such product built by a Bengaluru-based startup, River called Indie, wishes to establish itself in the market with its utility-driven approach, along with unconventional design language. The product itself does a lot of talking with the segment-first features like 14-inch alloy wheels, 55 litres of usable storage space and more. How impactful does it ride and perform in the real world, and how convincing is the product? Let's find out.

Verdict 

River Indie was earlier priced at Rs 1.25 lakhs, but now, with the FAME 2 subsidy being cut out, the prices will go up. But, in order to keep the promise to its existing customers who pre-booked the scooter, the brand will sell the scooter at the mentioned price. Even though the price goes up to Rs 1.45-1.50 lakhs, Indie makes a promising case for itself in terms of its utility-driven approach. Not just that, its unconventional looks make it unique among the pack of other e-scooters. The practicality it brings to the table makes it a compelling choice. However, it would be a test of time to see how well the startup manages to scale up its presence. The product itself has communicated the startup capabilities, and whoever buys it for its practicality and utility functions won't be disappointed.



TopGear Magazine June 2024