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Top upcoming Electric Scooters in India

Top upcoming Electric Scooters in India in 2020


As electric vehicles are becoming the mode of cleaner and safer modes of transportation all over the world. Talking about India we all know two-wheelers are the most preferred vehicles. In these heady days of micro-mobility expansion, with breakneck population growth leading to crippling congestion and pollution, the need for new solutions is urgent and with this in mind rapidly urbanizing cities in India could well be the dominant micro-mobility markets of the future. No other vehicle is as popular as the scooter. Their ability to weave in and out of busy traffic and inexpensiveness (relative to a car), have made them a dominant feature of the Indian urban mobility landscape. In fact, 79% of all vehicles sold in the country in 2018 were two-wheelers. A recent study estimated that in 2017 air pollution killed 1.24m Indians, with half of them being younger than 70. This lowers the country’s average life expectancy by nearly two years.

The top ten most polluted cities in the world are all in northern India, so to avoid the pollution problems electric vehicles are good alternatives. Air pollution is also the main cause of the Asian brown cloud, which is causing the monsoon to be delayed. In fact, journey distances of 0–10km make up 65% of the journeys undertaken by Indian households. And with average traffic speeds of under 20 km/h in major Indian cities due to congestion, lighter and more nimble electric vehicles have the potential to muscle in on the market.

In this article, we will look at some of the recently announced electric scooters and the upcoming scooters in India in 2020.

Bajaj Chetak

1.     Bajaj Chetak - retains its classic look

The iconic Bajaj Chetak was relaunched as an electric scooter.It is powered by a 3kWh battery that can be charged in 5 hours and has a range of 85 km on sports mode and 95 km on economy mode. It has a top speed of 78 kmph. It will initially be available in Bengaluru and Pune and should be available in other cities in the coming months.

 

Ather 450X

2.     Ather 450X - with more power, range

Ather, the Bengaluru-based tech start-up. It is powered by a 6 kW electric motor that gives it a top speed of 80 kmph. It has a 2.9 kWh Li-ion battery that gives it a range of 75 km in ride mode and 85 km in Eco mode.

 

TVS iQube

3.     TVS iQube Electric comes with Q-Park assist

TVS Motors, the second-largest scooter manufacturer in the country too entered the segment with the launch of the iQube Electric. It is powered by a 4.4 kW electric motor and has a top speed of 78 kmph. It has a 4.5 kWh 3 Li-ion battery that can be charged in 5 hours and has a range of 75 km on Eco mode. The scooter is equipped with SmaartXonnect and Q-Park assist.

 

Vespa Electrica

4.     Vespa Elettrica - a neo-retro scooter

The Vespa Elettrica is a premium electric scooter that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. It is powered by a 4kW motor and has two riding modes – Power and Eco. The company has claimed that the scooter can be fully charged in 4 hours and a single charge will give a range of up to 100 km.

 

AE - 29

5.     Hero AE-29 - an IOT-enabled scooter

It has a top speed of 55 kmph and can be charged in under four hours. As per the company, the scooter will have a range of 80 km on a single charge. The company has dubbed the AE-29 as the first IoT-enabled scooter. It features an anti-theft smart lock, walk assist, reverse assist, and mobile charger.

 

6.     Hero Electric AE-3 - a three-wheeled scooter

The Hero Electric AE-3 is powered by a 5.5kW electric motor that gives it a top speed of 80 kmph. It is equipped with a 4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be fully charged in 5 hours and has a range of 100 km. The scooter can balance itself while standing still by using its gyroscope-enabled auto-balance park switch.

 

Evolet Raptor

7.     Evolet Raptor - a rotor that pushes for 100 kmph

The Evolet Raptor is powered by a 3kW motor which gives it a top speed of 100 kmph. The company has claimed that the scooter can be fully charged in 3-4 hours and it has a range of 100 – 150 km on a single charge.

In terms of making electric vehicles more affordable, the government has taken some positive steps. Most notably a reduction in the custom’s duty for electric vehicles (EVs). Additionally, NITI Aayog, a government think tank, has proposed that only EVs be sold in India by 2030.


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