TVS iQube Electric Scooter Launched
The electric scooter is priced at Rs 1,15,000 (on-road, Bengaluru)
- The electric scooter comes with a TFT instrument cluster along with smartphone connectivity.
- TVS will offer home charging station as well as public charging infrastructure for the scooter.
- The scooter comes with a claimed range of 75km and a claimed top speed of 78kmph.
TVS has launched the iQube Electric scooter at Rs 1,15,000 (on-road, Bengaluru). The scooter will be available from January 27 in Bengaluru. One can book the scooter by paying a token amount of Rs 5000. Bookings can be done both online as well as at authorised dealerships. At present, the scooter is available at ten dealerships in Bengaluru. The electric scooter will be introduced to more cities phase-wise, later.
The TVS iQube Electric scooter is powered by a 4.4kW electric hub motor, which generates 140Nm of torque at the wheel. The company claims a 0-40kmph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds, a claimed top speed of 78kmph and a range of 75km in a full charge. In comparison, the TVS Creon concept's 12kW motor propels the scooter from 0-60kmph in 5.1 seconds. The scooter comes with regenerative braking and a parking assist as well. There are two riding modes: Eco and Sport, with the top speed limited to 40kmph in Eco mode.
For better convenience, TVS will offer a complimentary home charging station along with the scooter. The company also provides public charging infrastructure for the electric scooter. There are ten charging points in Bengaluru at the moment and more will be added soon. The 2.25kWh lithium-ion battery takes 5 hours to charge using a standard 5A charging socket. There is no fast charging capability.
Other notable features include a TFT instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity. This combo offers useful features like navigation assist, geo-fencing, range indication, charge status, ride statistics, and overspeed alert. It also gets an all-LED lighting system, USB charging socket and a boot light as standard. The underpinnings includes a telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers. The electric scooter comes to a halt using a front disc and a rear drum. Interestingly, the alloy wheels look similar to the Jupiter and they are 12-inch units on both ends. At 118kg kerb, the electric scooter is reasonably light too.
The TVS iQube has been designed and manufactured indegenously, and it marks TVS' second innings in the electric vehicle segment after the TVS Scooty Teenz Electric. Another interesting tidbit is that the iQube's forefather, called Qube, was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in India. It was a 100cc petrol-electric hybrid scooter, which was capable of switching from electric mode to petrol power as soon as the speed exceeded 20kmph.
TVS offers a 3-year/ 50,000km warranty in the iQube Electric as standard. It competes against the Ather 450, which costs Rs 1,13,715 (on-road Bengaluru) and the Bajaj Chetak Premium, which retails at Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom Bengaluru). These are the only two modern feature-laden electric scooters available in the country at present.