World Environment Day: Top 5 Electric Bikes And Scooters We’d Like To See In India
From funky mopeds to sporty motorcycles, here are what we think make excellent additions to our electric two-wheeler segment
In the world of transportation, nothing personifies environment-friendly more than electric vehicles. On this year’s World Environment Day, we round up the top five electric two-wheelers we’d like to see in our country:
Xiaomi Ninebot C30 (up to 85km range + pedal power)
The Xiaomi Ninebot C30 is a uniquely designed, funky-looking electric moped with the assurance of pedal power as well. This electric moped can cover 35-45km on a single charge. The more expensive variant, Ninebot C80, can cover up to 85km.
It also comes with an all-LED lighting system and a removable battery to minimise downtime while charging. In China, the Ninebot starts at an equivalent of Rs 38,000, going all the way up to Rs 59,000 for the C80.
If Xiaomi plans to bring the Ninebot to India, we reckon it’d be priced competitively, just like its smartphones. The moped will be perfect for college-goers looking for an inexpensive, green mode of commute. The Ninebot could even serve well for delivery executives. You can read more about the moped here.
Super Soco TC Wanderer (200km range)
In February this year, the Super Soco TC Wanderer was unveiled along with a bunch of other models. This electric scrambler looks delightfully retro, thanks to the round LED headlamp and analogue speedometer with a digital inset. The motorcycle stays true to its scrambler genes, getting a ribbed bench seat, easy-to-reach handlebars, mid-set footpegs, and rugged block pattern tyres.
The motorcycle is powered by a 2500W hub motor linked to a 32Ah lithium-ion battery pack. It can offer a range of up to 200km with an optional battery pack connected in parallel. However, such a massive range can be achieved only if the bike is ridden at 25kmph. The battery pack takes 3.5 hours each to charge completely.
The motor churns out 180Nm at the wheel and can help the bike reach a claimed top speed of 75kmph, decent enough for city commutes. We already know Super Soco is Indian electric two-wheeler brand Revolt’s platform partner. So we couldn’t help but wonder what if Revolt brings this electric bike to India? It could serve as a more premium alternative to the Revolt RV400, don’t you think?
Voge ER 10 (120km range)
The Voge ER 10 is by far the sportiest-looking motorcycle on this list. The styling is complemented by a fairly powerful frame-mounted 6kW liquid-cooled motor, ensuring a claimed top speed of 100kmph. And at a cruising speed of 30kmph, the electric bike can travel around 120km on a single charge.
The ER 10 is also pretty light, weighing in at 115kg kerb. More importantly, the fuel tank area is actually a storage compartment that’s large enough to swallow a helmet! Who says electric motorcycles can’t be practical?
If Voge brings the ER 10 to India and prices it around Rs 1.30 lakh, it would make perfect sense for enthusiasts looking for a sporty commuter with minimum running costs. Head here for more details about this electric motorcycle.
Honda PCX Electric
The Honda PCX Electric is an e-maxi-scooter based on the Honda PCX160. It is powered by Honda’s modular Mobile Power Pack swappable battery system. While the claimed range (at 60kmph constant speed) is rather mediocre at 41km, the battery can be instantly swapped, minimising the need to wait until the scooter gets charged.
The PCX Electric also gets an all-LED lighting system, a fully digital instrument cluster, and a single-channel ABS for optimum safety. The electric scooter had already been patented in India in May last year. We wish Honda brought this electric scooter to India. But chances are the company will launch an electric scooter here that’s developed from the ground up. Even that will likely use Honda’s Mobile Power Pack.
Yatri Project One
Yatri Motorcycles, an electric two-wheeler maker from Nepal, has come up with the most impressive dual-sport electric bike we’ve ever seen from a startup. The Project One’s 14kW electric motor can churn out a canyon-carving 480Nm of torque at the wheel! This, coupled with the light 110kg kerb weight and its meaty dual-purpose tyres wrapped in spoke wheels, should make it a hoot to ride on the trails.
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It also gets a decent range of 110km and a top speed of 100kmph. Thanks to its superior performance, the bike commands a premium pricing of NPR 4,95,000 (around Rs 3.09 lakh). But If the company sets up shop in India and launches the bike at a competitive price, it might just work as it would be the only performance-oriented, off-road-friendly electric motorcycle in its segment.
What do you guys think of these electric two-wheelers? Is there any other electric bike or scooter that you’d like to see in India? Let us know in the comments below.
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