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Country’s first BRTA approved Walton e-bike hits market

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Published: 20:36, 4 December 2022  
Country’s first BRTA approved Walton e-bike hits market

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Walton's electric bike under the brand name TAKYON has received approval from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

Walton e-bike is the first-ever in the segment in Bangladesh that got BRTA approval, said a press release.

Like the conventional fuel-run motorbikes, the eco-friendly Walton e-bike now can legally run on Bangladeshi roads with BRTA registration. This bike will cost only 10-15 paisa per kilometre.

Walton Digi-Tech Industries Limited's Deputy Managing Director Engineer Liakat Ali said that they are marketing e-bikes in the domestic market under the brand name of TAKYON with Walton logo.

Initially, they released one model named TAKYON 1.00 with three different colours- red, blue and grey. Price of this e-bike is set at Tk 127,750.

Customers can purchase this eco-friendly e-bike from any Walton showroom across the country and also from the online sales platform of Walton Digi-Tech.

Like the conventional gasoline (petrol-octane) run bikes, Walton's e-bikes can also be registered with BRTA for 2 or 10 years, he said adding, the registration cost of Walton e-bikes is much less than that of gasoline bikes.

Chief Commercial Officer of Walton Computer Products and TAKYON e-bike Touhidur Rahman Raad said, the attractively designed TAKYON electric bike has a powerful brushless DC motor with a maximum capacity of 1.5 kw. It uses a new technology graphene-based battery, which has a capacity of 1.6 kwh. The bike will travel up to 70 km on a single charge. The maximum speed limit of the bike is 50 km per hour.

He also said, the new technology environment-friendly graphene-based battery is enriched with 600-800 cycles, which can easily provide service for 3 years. The e-bike has portable charger which can be charged from the 220 volt power line used in residences.

Both wheels of the e-bike have hydraulic disc brakes and tubeless tires. Walton e-bike is also featured with LCD speedometer and LED lighting.

According to Walton authorities, they are developing and marketing e-bikes to protect the environment and ensure safe transportation at low cost by preventing the use of fossil fuels. Customers of TAKYON e-bikes will get free after-sales service for up to 2 years from Walton service points across the country.

Related sources say, a 100cc conventional bike runs for a maximum of 50-60 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel for which it costs Tk 2 or more in per km.

In comparison, an electric bike runs up to 70 kilometers on single charge and the per km cost is only 10-15 paisa. The fuel-run bikes cause noise and environment pollution whereas the e-bikes are noise and environment pollution free. Fuel-run bikes need high periodic maintenance costs while the maintenance cost of e-bikes is very low compared to fuel based bikes. Fuel dependent bikes have manual clutch gear which is difficult to operate whereas electricity-based bikes have fully auto gear and are easy to drive.