Electric Bike Zone

If you are searching for electric bikes and electric scooters in India then Bikedekho is the right place for you. There are 158 electric bikes currently on sale from various manufacturers starting from 25,000. The most popular products under this bracket are the Geliose Hope(Rs. 46,999), Atumobile Atum Version 1.0(Rs. 49,999) and BattRE Electric gps:ie (Rs. 64,990) (all prices Ex-showroom). The popular new EV products making their debut in 2021 include the Hero Maestro electric, Hero eMaestro, Vespa Elettrica, CFMoto electric bike and Tork T6X. So if you are planning to buy a new electric two-wheeler, your search ends here. Looking for Electric Scooters?

Electric Bikes Price List

MODELEX-SHOWROOM PRICE
Ather 450XRs. 1.27 - 1.46 Lakh
Bajaj ChetakRs. 1 - 1.15 Lakh
Revolt RV400Rs. 1.03 - 1.18 Lakh
Hero Electric Optima LARs. 44,990
TVS iQube ElectricRs. 1.08 Lakh
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Electric Bikes in India

Key Components

  • Battery

    The rechargeable battery is the power source of the electric two-wheeler and provides the fuel (electricity) to the electric motor. Modern electric bikes and scooters typically use a lithium-ion battery pack, which is usually the most expensive component in an electric two-wheeler. While they are much more affordable, these batteries are considerably heavier than lithium-ion units and take longer to charge.

  • Motors

    Electric motors replace the complex powertrains of conventional two-wheelers. Usually, manufacturers provide a chassis-mounted motor with a belt or in some cases, a chain drive. Some electric two-wheelers have hub motors. Electric motors have the advantage of immediate peak torque delivery and noiseless, pollution-free operation.

  • Controller

    All that immediate torque may not always be needed, so EVs come with a controller to regulate the flow of power from the battery pack to its motor. It computes usage with respect to the available battery charge and delivers power accordingly. This also opens up electric two-wheelers to various driving modes.

Electric vehicles Pros and Cons

  • Pros
  • Cons

Zero vehicular pollution

Of course, this is the No.1 reason for such a massive shift to electric vehicles (EVs). They run on electric motors, and not use fossil fuels, which means they don’t let out any pollutants. In effect, the increasing adoption of EVs is being promoted to negate the major role that internal combustion-engined (ICE) vehicles have played in the world’s overall carbon emissions.

No Maintenance

Even after months of daily driving, all that an electric two-wheeler requires is regular cleaning and the occasional lubrication. They have very few moving parts and mechanicals compared to their conventional petrol-powered bikes and scooters. Also, they don’t require engine oil or air filters which are the commonly replaced components on a ICE vehicle. Hence, only basic parts need maintenance.

No Noise

Apart from polluting the air, conventional two-wheelers with petrol engines are quite noisy. A few actually enjoy this noise, but most would rather do away with it. With an electric two-wheeler, that is just what you can do, as the electric motor makes only a light hum even at full speed, reducing the overall noise pollution of your city.

Cost Efficient

Electric two-wheelers usually come with two types of cost benefits - no maintenance over time and a more stable energy source price. Since electric bikes and scooters run on electricity, they’re relatively more affordable. The price of electricity does not fluctuate as frequently as that of petrol and diesel. So, you will always pay relatively less to recharge and run your electric two-wheeler. In fact, some electric two-wheelers have a running cost of 1/10th of a ICE vehicle.

Government Incentives

Various countries and governments across the world have developed frameworks and implemented laws to promote the ownership of electric two-wheelers. In India, the government provides FAME II incentives, which bring down the on-road price of an electric two-wheeler considerably.

Higher Initial Investment

Since electric two-wheelers are not as widely manufactured as their conventional cousins, their cost is still quite high. This makes EVs inaccessible for a large population, as not everyone is willing or can afford to pay the high premium. The primary reason for the high cost of electric two-wheelers is the lithium-ion batteries, which sometimes can be 50 per cent more than the cost of the vehicle itself.

Short Range

With the current level of battery technology, the range of an electric two-wheeler is mostly lesser than that of its conventionally powered counterpart. This coupled with the limited charging infrastructure deters EV buyers.

Not-so-great on performance

Most of the premium, modern electric two-wheelers have an unimpressive top speed for the price they command. Sure, the initial acceleration is high but electric motors usually lose their steam as the speeds climb. None of the reasonably priced modern electric two-wheelers sold in India is properly highway worthy so far. Even the high-speed electric scooters on sale have a top speed in the range of 60-80kmph and are priced over Rs 1 lakh.

Charging Infrastructure

The lack of good charging infrastructure poses a problem, particularly in developing countries such as India. Once that is taken care of, it could essentially eliminate range or future anxieties that plague electric two-wheeler owners. While growth is expected in the next few years, finding a charging point right when you need it is not as easy as finding a fuel bunk yet.

Charge times

It takes just two minutes to refuel a bike or a scooter, but charging an electric vehicle can take a couple of hours at the bare minimum. Yes, there is the advantage of quick charging tech now, which can give your EV a full charge in just about an hour. However, don’t expect to find these fast chargers everywhere just yet. Moreover, not all electric two-wheelers have fast-charging capability as it puts additional strain on the battery’s life. That said, a few companies have adopted swappable battery technology, which is a novel way to minimise downtime while charging and also reduce range anxiety to a certain extent.

Limited Options

This may be a temporary concern considering the influx of EVs expected from varied manufacturers over the next couple of years. Currently, however, you can count the available options on your fingertips. Thanks to the limitation in battery technology, the range remains limited too. This is one of the reasons why most manufacturers dabble in the scooter segment rather than the motorcycle space.
Scooters are generally associated with urban runabouts and hence, it makes sense for brands to introduce electric options. Motorcycles are a different ballgame as the usage is always expected to be higher, and consequently, they’re expected to offer better range. The Indian two-wheeler segment is still some way from offering electric motorcycles that are good enough to replace a conventional petrol-powered two-wheeler.

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FAQs on Electric Bikes & Scooters

What are the advantages of an e-Bike over regular bikes?

There are fewer consumables on an electric bike. This means lesser maintenance hassles and costs. Also, the cost of running an electric bike is much less compared to a petrol-powered two-wheeler. In fact, for some electric two-wheelers, the running cost per km is almost 1/10th that of a petrol-powered bike or scooter.

What is the range I can get from a single charge on an electric motorcycle?

The real-world range of most electric scooters in India today is somewhere between 75-90km. Electric motorcycles usually have a larger battery pack and can go up to 100-110km on a single charge. But these numbers are for high-speed and premium electric two-wheelers. More affordable electric vehicles have lesser range

How long does it take to charge an e-bike’s battery?

Most electric bikes usually take 5-6 hours of charging time via a standard 5A wall charger. If the bike has fast charging compatibility, the charging time could be reduced to as low as 1 hour. The charging time varies between lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries and also the battery capacity.

How fast are electric scooters/motorcycles?

Electric motors generate all of their torque right from 0rpm. Hence, electric vehicles are very quick in terms of acceleration. But to keep range in check, most electric two-wheeler manufacturers cap the top speed at 65kmph-85kmph. The quickest electric two-wheeler on sale in India is the Ather 450X which does 0-60kmph in 6.5sec!

Do electric scooters/bikes need a license?

If the top speed of the electric scooter/bike is above 25kmph, then you do require a two-wheeler license as well as vehicle registration to ride it.

How do electric scooters/motorcycles work?

Power is transmitted from an electric motor to the rear wheel by either a belt drive, chain drive or a mechanical transfer box, on in many cases, there’s an electric motor that’s built into the rear wheel itself (called a hub motor). The basics are similar to a petrol-powered scooter or bike, which includes a motor (engine), battery (fuel), transmission and a drive system.

Do electric scooters/motorcycles need insurance?

Yes, just like any internal combustion-powered two-wheeler, an electric two-wheeler also requires insurance.

Do electric scooters/bikes have motors?

Yes, electric scooters/bikes do have an electric motor to power the vehicle.

Do electric scooters/bikes have brakes?

Yes, or else they would not be allowed to be sold to the public. All electric bikes or scooters that develop more than 11kW need mandatory ABS. Currently, all electric bikes and scooters on sale in India feature CBS.

Do electric motorcycles have gears?

They do not have traditional gearboxes as of now. The transmission system may comprise of mechanical gears to transfer the power from the motor to the rear wheel efficiently.

Do electric bikes/motorcycles make noise?

There is a whirring sound from the motor, or a whine that’s usually associated with belt drive systems. Certain electric motorcycles that use chain drive also have chain noise. That said, all of these noises are significantly more silent than conventional engines. If you are expecting a sound from your riding experience like an internal combustion two-wheeler, then you will be disappointed. However, the Revolt RV 400 offers the option of an artificial exhaust note using a speaker.

Are electric motorcycles safe?

Yes, they are. Almost all electric vehicles get an IP67/IP68 waterproof rating which allows the rider to ride them even when the scooter is submerged under 1 metre in water.

Are electric motorcycles safe?

Currently, most electric motorcycles are automatic. However, several electric giants have started working on gearboxes for electric motorcycles.

Which electric bikes/scooters are best?

The answer depends on the purpose the bike/scooter will serve for you. The popular options currently are the Bajaj Chetak, Ather 450X and the Revolt RV 400 in the high-speed electric two-wheeler segment. 

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