While fully-electric cars may still be a while away, the electric scooter industry is all-set to take off early next year. The electric scooters are considered environment friendly as they emit zero or low emissions as they are powered by batteries. Moreover, electric scooters takes less time to charge completely and have up to 60 to 65 kmph range. The electric scooters are also priced lower than the petrol-powered scooters as they have one moving part and do away with the need for a transmission. Even better, they are likely to be only slightly dearer than their petrol-powered siblings making them an attractive offer. Here are some of the upcoming electric scooters in India that will be launched soon.
Mahindra GenZe electric scooter: Mahindra & Mahindra is considering launching their GenZe range of electric scooters and e-Bikes in India by 2019. GenZe is a US-based electric two-wheeler manufacturer owned by Mahindra that sells its products only in the US markets. However, the company has not confirmed what products will be launched in the country and their specifications. GenZe currently sells the 2.0 and 2.0 s electric scooters and e-Bikes which are available in two versions, namely, the Sport and Recreational in US markets. Th GenZe e-Bikes are available in three different sizes such as 16-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch.
Hero Duet E: Hero first showcased Duet E fully-electric scooter at the 2016 Auto Expo as a concept model. The Hero Duet E when launched, will be based on the standard Duet and will share its design and suspension with its gas-chugging sibling. The Hero Duet E is expected to be launched by 2018 in the country. It is expected to be powered by an electric motor that will generate about 6.7 hp and 14 Nm of torque. On a single full charge, the Hero Duet E is claimed to travel a range of 65 km.
Hero Leap: Another scooter from Hero is expected to be the Leap, which will be the first electric-hybrid scooter by the two-wheeler manufacturer in India. First showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo as a concept, the Hero Leap is likely to be powered by lithium-ion batteries, an 8kW electric Permanent magnet AC (PMAC) traction motor as well as a 124 cc engine. The new Hero Leap will have a 3-litre fuel tank capacity, a top speed of 100 kmph and can be charged by plugging into a wall outlet. The upcoming electric-hybrid scooter will get an all-LED lamp and Brembo two-piston front 240 mm disc brake.
Ather S340: Ather Energy, an Indian company based in Bangalore, India will soon launch its electric scooter called S340 in India. The company unveiled the Ather S340 in 2016 at a technology conference in Bangalore and will be a premium product that will be priced between a Honda Activa and a Piaggio Vespa. The Ather S340 scooter will be powered by an electric motor and will use lithium-ion batteries that will be imported. The electric motor will produce around 6.7 hp of power, which will depend on the different riding mode like Economy or Sport, and will deliver 14 Nm of torque. It will be based on aluminium chassis and swingarm and will weigh around 90 kg.
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