Electric Scooter Firm Okinawa Resumes Operations With 1/4th Workforce

Electric two-wheeler maker Okinawa has revealed that it has resumed operations at its plant in Bhiwadi, and corporate office in Gurugram with 25% workforce.

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Electric two-wheeler maker Okinawa has revealed that it has resumed operations at its plant in Bhiwadi (Rajasthan), and corporate office in Gurugram (Haryana), with 25 percent workforce. The company said it will maintain safety measures at its offices, manufacturing unit and dealership networks as it begins business activities.

It has also issued an advisory to its dealership network, which too will be operating with 25 percent staff, the firm issued in a statement.

All the products will be sanitised at the plant before being dispatched and the exercise will be repeated again when dealerships receive them, the company added.

“As the government has announced relaxation in economic activities, we have decided to resume business operations gradually, maintaining all the precautions,” Okinawa Managing Director Jeetender Sharma said.

Hence, the company is ensuring the safety and sanitation of all the touchpoints, he added.

In April, Inox wind, a leading wind energy solutions provider in India, had announced that it had reopened its manufacturing facilities across the country. After lockdown order issued by the government in the wake of containment of coronavirus pandemic, Kailash Tarachandani-led company had earlier on March 26, 2020, suspend operations at all its three manufacturing sites situated at Ahmedabad, Barwani and Una in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh respectively.

The firm had issued in a statement that after “obtaining requisite permission from concerned district administration, it has now resumed operations at all its three manufacturing plants in compliance with all the safety guidelines and directives issued by the Central and State Governments and local administration to safeguard the employees, labourers and all other stakeholders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

In January, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicle (SMEV) had said that the mass segment electric two-wheelers makers are learning to “live without government support” as the FAME II scheme to promote electric mobility has not met its objective. The industry body said that after getting a “shock” when FAME II was implemented from April 1, 2019, the industry has devised ways to keep afloat by selling low to mid-speed vehicles, which don’t qualify for incentives at a heavy discount but incurring losses in the process.

“Industry got a big shock when FAME II started. People are now learning to survive without government assistance to some extent at least. The result of this is that subsidised vehicle sales have dropped drastically but industry sales have not dropped,” SMEV Director General Sohinder Gill said.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.