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October 9, 2015: Hero MotoCorp, the most trusted and reliable two-wheeler company launched its first hybrid scooter christened as “Hero MotoCorp Leap” in India. The scooter comes equipped with a lithium ion battery, an 8kW electric traction motor and a fuel efficient 124cc engine. It was first showcased at the Indian Auto Expo in 2014. This hybrid scooter is one of its kind in India, which will give a tough competition to Terra A and Hero electric two-whee Read more...
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With an aim to bring in Green future closer, Hero MotoCorp plans to release their all new hybrid scooter in India baptised as Leap. It is the first domestic hybrid scooter Indians will ever experience. Hero MotoCorp Leap is a revolutionary scooter as it is going to reduce the fuel consumption to a great extent.
Hero MotoCorp Leap is powered by lithium ion batteries and an 8kW electric traction motor. The vehicle is further equipped with a range extender, which is basically a 124cc petrol engine directly connected to an onboard generator. It derives its fuel from a 3-liter fuel tank and electricity from the rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The company claims the extended range to be four times the distance covered by batteries alone. When running via range extender, the scooter manages to clock a top speed of 100kmph. The vehicle runs through a Permanent Magnet AC (PMAC) traction motor that belt drives the rear wheels. The motor delivers a peak torque of over 60Nm and promises silent operation.
The stopping action of the scooter is controlled by Brembo twin-piston calliper 240mm disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear. Coming to the body dynamics, the scooter is crafted in accordance to a light weight small size scooter. It is equipped with LED lighting system that looks futuristic. The apron of the scooter is pretty simple incorporating a positioning lamp at the centre. The front fairing is further equipped with round shaped headlamp with turning blinkers and a clear visor. The rear view mirrors are stacked on the corner of handlebars giving a distinct appearance.
Design and features
Witnessing one of a unique body designs for a two-wheeler till date, Hero Leap comes with a fascinating front profile with full LED lighting system that comprises of a bright headlight and a positioning light embedded on the apron. The curvy clear visor adds some more shine to the vehicle. The body coloured rear view mirrors are mounted on the edges of the handlebar and look fascinating. The vehicle gets a gradually growing body profile which looks stunning. The scooter further features a wider and well-padded seat that provides an optimum comfort to the rider and pillion. Talking about the rear, Hero Leap gets a stylish split rear body grab rail that further enhances its overall appearance.
The vehicle has overall body dimensions of 1,884mm x 850mm x 1,162mm (LxWxH) and has a wheelbase of 1,347mm that ensures superior handling in all traffic conditions. Furthermore, a minimum ground clearance of 140mm promises good stability around the corners. The instrument console of the scooter is easy to read and informative comprising of digital speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge.
Engine and performance
Built on the grounds on hybridism, Hero MotoCorp Leap runs with the help of an 8kW electric traction motor and lithium ion batteries. To further stretch its range, an onboard generator has been employed, which is powered by a 124cc air-cooled, petrol engine. The combination and perfect sync of these two offer a commendable range to the vehicle after a full charge. The Permanent magnet AC (PMAC) traction motor cranks out a net torque of 60Nm, which is pretty good in terms of a daily use scooter. For charging purposes, the batteries can be charged easily through a wall socket and in case that isn't available, a 3-liter fuel tank has also been integrated to further ease up the task for the rider. With this futuristic arrangement, the hybrid scooter hits an impressive top speed of 100kmph while running through the range extender.
Braking and handling
Hero MotoCorp Leap runs over grippy tyres that are mounted on 110/70 x 13 front and 120/70 x 11 rear durable wheels. The suspension system comprises of telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers up front and Unit Swing with spring loaded hydraulic dampers at the rear that gulps in the hurdles and harshness of the road with ease. The scooter comes to a standstill with the help of a powerful 240mm disc brake installed at the front and 130mm drum brake fitted at the rear.
Hero MotoCorp Leap has been equipped with a powerful 240mm front disc brake that brings the scooter to a standstill effortlessly in the case of an emergency. The twin body coloured rear view mirrors are mounted on the edge of the handlebar and look classy, besides keeping the rider aware of his surroundings. The maintenance free battery cuts down on maintenance costs and gives another plus point to the rider. The above-mentioned safety elements make Hero Leap a true and trustworthy hybrid two-wheeler that seems to come from the distant future.
Commendable Fuel Economy due to hybridism
No noise operation as it runs by batteries
Lightweight and easy to ride body design
Controversial Body Design
Tyres could be better
Not on sale in India yet
October 9, 2015: Hero MotoCorp, the most trusted and reliable two-wheeler company launched its first hybrid scooter christened as “Hero MotoCorp Leap” in India. The scooter comes equipped with a lithium ion battery, an 8kW electric traction motor and a fuel efficient 124cc engine. It was first showcased at the Indian Auto Expo in 2014. This hybrid scooter is one of its kind in India, which will give a tough competition to Terra A and Hero electric two-wheelers.