As India embraces electric vehicles (EVs) which are a cleaner mode of transport and are sure to help bring the exorbitant pollution levels in the Indian metro cities down, auto makers have taken notice of this and are readying their arsenal to launch EV offerings in the country.
A major portion of these EVs are the two-wheelers which are already finding increased adoption in India, also thanks to their negligible refueling prices as compared to those running on petrol. In case you would also like to join the bandwagon and are looking for the perfect electric scooter for yourself, here is a list of upcoming electric scooters in India in the year 2019.
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Bajaj Chetak Electric
Bajaj has taken the veils off the most anticipated electric scooter in the country. Part of the reason for this is the fact that the launch showcased the revival of the much-acclaimed ‘Chetak’ scooter in an all-new avatar. It only fits that the company decided to roll out its first-ever electric scooter under an established brand name. And as can be judged from the legacy, the Chetak electric is a promising offering too!
For starters, the electric scooter claims a range of 95 km on a single charge in Eco mode. The same range drops to 85 km in Sports mode. This is made possible by a 3 kWh IP67 lithium-ion battery. The battery, however, misses out on fast charging support and can be charged to full capacity in around 5 hours. A single hour of charging can deliver about 25 percent of the total battery capacity, i.e. around 20 km on the run.
Coupled to this battery is a 4 kW electric motor that produces 16 Nm of peak torque. All the latest features accustomed to electric scooters are also present on the Chetak electric. An interesting claim by the company is that the Chetak electric is the only e-scooter in the country with a metal finish.
Priced at Rs 1 lakh for the starting variant, the Chetak electric will retail in two variants and six colour options.
A surprising but inevitable unveil at the Auto Expo 2020 was that from the house of Vespa. The company showcased its electric scooter named Elettrica that already retails in some European countries. With a 3.6 kW brushless DC Motor the Elettrica is able to produce a whopping 200 Nm of torque. Other performance specs include a 100 km range through a lithium ion battery which can be fully charged within 4 hours.
For this, the company limits the top speed of the scooter to around 30 km in the Eco mode. There is no more information of the scooter at this moment and since there was a Euro spec model on display, its traits can not be accounted for India. That being said, the company is evaluating an electric product for India that will be built in-house.
Interested in watching more of the Vespa Elettrica? Check out the electric scooter in the video below:
Bird Electric Scooter
Bird ES1+ was unveiled at this year’s Auto Expo. Powered by a 3Ah lithium-ion battery pack, the scooter promises a range of around 55 km on a single charge. The complete charging time for this is around 7 hours, with an option of fast charging as well. Its top speed is limited to 35 kmph.
Other features include LED headlamp and a tail lamp with integrated turn indicators, a digital instrument console, telescopic fork at the front, shock absorbers at the rear and disc brakes at both ends with CBS. There is even a camera integrated at the front of the scooter along with a dedicated button for it. What it does, will be a mystery till the scooter makes its way to the market by mid-2021.
This Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh based electric vehicle manufacturer and energy retailer startup has come up with a rather retro-looking electric scooter. The design is so profound that the company even named the vehicle after it – Retrosa. Priced at Rs 1.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Andhra Pradesh), the scooter promises a top speed of 90 kmph and a range of 120 to 140 km on a single charge.
This is made possible by a 5-speed gear performance setting switchable between economy to sport+ mode. It has a reverse mode too that can help the rider reverse the scooter easily at a speed of 5 km/hour.
Avera Retrosa is powered by a 3000 Watt BLDC motor that runs on a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery. Additional features include LED lights and disc brakes both at the front and the back, aluminium alloy wheels and a side stand sensor.
Rowwet Electric Scooters
Pune-based Rowwet Mobility has come up with five new electric vehicles recently among which, four are electric scooters while one is an electric motorcycle. Due to be launched on January 1, 2020, the electric scooters will retail at a starting price of Rs 51,000. A unique feature with all the EVs is that they will be available in three different battery technology options, including Lead Acid, Lithium-ion as well as the company’s patented ‘Click’ technology. As for the scooters, here is all you need to know about them:
The company’s entry level electric scooter, the Zepop promises a top speed of 25 kmph through its 250W electric motor. It is backed by a 48V, 24 Ah battery that claims a range of 90 km on a single charges. Additional features include dual suspension, easy button press footrest, USB charging and mobile holder and an integrated tail lamp.
The Rame is a step-up from the Zepop, with a bigger electric motor and battery. The numbers of both stand at 2,000W and 60V, 30 Ah respectively, thus increasing the top speed of the electric scooter to 55 kmph and the maximum range to 120 km (lithium-ion) at a speed of 45 kmph. Features of the e-scooter include a retro design as well as a spacious boot as claimed by the company.
Increasing the capability of its offerings even further, Rowwet has offered similar electric motors and batteries on two more offerings, namely Rowwet Eleq and Rowwet Vegatron. With only a design difference between the two, the range and top speed of these e-scooters is same. The Eleq comes with a retro design while the Vegatron sports a much more hep look.
With the designs different, the specifications of both the e-scooters remain the same. These include a top speed of 65 kmph and a maximum range of 120 km (lithium-ion) @45 kmph on a single charge. Powering these are 2000 W electric motors and 72 V 30 Ah batteries. Features like LED lights, USB charging, alloy wheels and a digital instrument cluster are common on both.
Komaki Electric Scooters
KLB Komaki ventured into the electric vehicle space in India back in 2016. Since then, the company has come up with a total of four electric scooters, namely – XGT-KM, X-One, X2 Vogue and Super, ranging across prices and range offered by them. The first two come with the same 60V electric motor and 60V/20-30Ah battery. In addition, they offer features like tubeless tyres, front disc brake, digital display and LED DRLs. They promise a range of 85 km on a single charge and take around 6-8 hours of charging for the same, as per the company. Komaki XGT-KM retails online for a price of Rs 31,000, while the Komaki X-One has been priced at Rs 33,000.
As for the Komaki X2 Vogue, the electric scooter is a step-up from the previous two, with a bigger 72V electric motor and a 72V/20-30Ah battery. Rest of the details remain the same, like the range of the X2 Vogue and its promised charging time. Komaki Super, on the other hand, is more of an electric moped than a scooter and promises to cover 60 km on a single of its 48V/20Ah lead acid battery. It runs on a 350-500W electric motor and can get to a maximum speed of 30 to 37 kmph.
Polarity Smart Bikes
A Pune-based e-mobility start-up by the name Polarity has introduced 6 new electric bikes, which it is deeming as ‘Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMVs)’. Being different from the rest of the list, these are pedal-powered in addition to a hub-mounted Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motor.
The S-series of the electric bikes denotes the Sports variants – S1K. S1K, S3K which have a top speed of 45, 70 and 100Kmph. The overall kerb weight of the bikes are under 55 kg.
As of now, the exact pricing of the bikes have not been revealed by the company but it has confirmed that the bikes will range from Rs 38,000 to Rs 1.1 lakh.
The E denotes Executive and assumably come with a slightly less powerful electric motor. The E1K, E2K and the E3K claim top speeds of 40, 60 and 80Kmph respectively. The variants will come with a range of lithium-ion batteries, with an overall claimed range of 80 km on a single charge.
Polarity said that it will come up with a total of 36 variants of the electric bikes, with deliveries beginning in the first quarter of next year.
Gemopai Astrid Lite
Green E-Mobility and Opai Electric collaborated to form Gemopai Electric which has launched the Astrid Lite electric scooter recently. With a range of 90 km per charge and a three-mode drive of Sports, City and Economy, the Astrid Lite is priced at Rs 79,999. Astrid Lite will be available in five color options – Eclectic Neon, Deep Indigo, Fiery Red, Burnt Charcoal and Fireball Orange.
The scooter promises a top speed of 65 kmph through its 2400 W electric motor backed by a 1.7 kW battery. It comes with a disk brake at the front and a drum brake at the back and offers features like USB, digital color display as well as a key less entry.
Okinawa Electric Scooters
Okinawa has unveiled its most premium product to date at the Auto Expo 2020. A maxi-scooter by the name of Cruiser, the company promises a range of 120 km through a 4 kWh lithium-ion battery that will only take around 2 to 3 hours to charge completely. The Cruiser also claims a top speed of 100 kmph.
Meant for long rides, the scooter sports large proportions throughout for a comfortable ride. This includes a large storage bin behind a bulky front apron that also houses bold and continuous LED headlights. Such LED lights can also be seen at the back of the Cruiser.
Other dynamic features include a telescopic fork at the front, dual coil springs at the rear, disc brakes on both the ends as well as a parking assist feature. This list is further elongated by a keyless on/ off, mobile charging port, speed lock, geo-tracking and a dedicated mobile app. The Cruiser will be launched in India by the middle of this year.
Okinawa Praise Pro
Okinawa has launched its mid-range electric two-wheeler offering at a price of Rs 71,990. The Praise Pro comes with a 1 kW, BLDC waterproof motor that is able to deliver a peak power output of 2.5 kW. It is backed by a 2 Kwh detachable battery claiming a range of 80 km on a single charge and 2 to 3 hours of charging time. The motor and battery both come with a three-year or 20,000 km warranty.
The Praise Pro offers three riding modes that deliver different power output and the corresponding range. While the Eco mode limits the speed to 35 kmph, Sports and Turbo mode cap it at 60 kmph and 70 kmph respectively. The range varies from 88 km in Sports mode to 110 km in Eco mode.
Other features on the Praise Pro include a regenerative braking system, disc brake setup on both ends, keyless entry, mobile charging USB port as well as a find my scooter function.
Retailing at Rs 1,08,728 (ex-showroom), the iPraise+ raises the capabilities offered by the Praise Pro multifold. For instance, it promises a range of 160 km on a single charge of its 3.3 kwh lithium-ion battery and claims the charging time for the same to be 3 to 4 hours. The iPraise+ is powered by a 1000 watt BLDC motor delivering a top speed of 70 kmph on the 150 kg electric scooter. Additional features on the scooter include E-ABS with regenerative braking, anti-theft alarm, keyless entry, ‘Find My Scooter’ function, mobile charging USB port, Motor Walking Assistance (front/reverse), LED with DRL and more. Okinawa is also offering a 3 year (or 20,000 km) warranty for both the electric motor and the battery of the scooter.
Okinawa Lite is the latest electric scooter by the company. With an ex-showroom price of Rs 59,990, Okinawa Lite comes as a slow-speed e-scooter and is backed by a 250 Watt, BLDC motor. Backing this is a 48V, 1.25 KWh Lithium-ion battery that is also removable. Okinawa promises a range of 50 to 60 km on the e-scooter on a single charge. Charging time for the same is 4 to 5 hours for a full charge. The top speed has been limited to 25 kmph. Other features on the Okinawa Lite include push start button, auto handle lock, digital speedometer, Hazard function, mobile charging, LED projector lamp with DRL and more.
Evolet Electric Scooters
Evolet Polo Pony
An electric mobility start-up by the name of Rissala Electric Motors Private Limited (REM) launched the Evolet brand of electric vehicles recently. Evolet Polo Pony is the entry-level offering by the company priced at Rs 39,499. With brushless DC motors common across all its offerings, the Polo Pony delivers an output of 250 watt for a maximum speed of 25 kmph. The electric scooter offers a range of 60 km on a single charge through. The 48 V/24 Ah lead acid battery used for this in the Polo Pony EZ costs Rs 39,499 while the 48 V/24 Ah lithium ion battery on the Polo Pony Classic is priced at ₹ 49,499.
Another launch by the company, the Polo electric scooter comes in two variants with a range of 65 km and a top speed of 25 kmph. – Polo EZ and Polo Classic with 48 V/24 Ah VRLA battery and 48 V/24 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery respectively cost Rs 44,499 and Rs 54,499.
This is the high-end electric scooter by the company and retails at Rs 46,499 for the EX version and Rs 59,999 for the Classic variant with a 60 V/30 Ah lithium ion battery. With a slightly muscular look, the Derby offers a top speed of 25 kmph and a range of 60 km on a full charge.
Hero Electric Scooters
Hero Electric AE-29
Hero electric showcased a range of new electric vehicles at the Auto Expo 2020. One of these products was an electric scooter named AE-29. The scooter promises a range of 80 km through its 3.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that charges completely in around 4 hours. As for its performance, the AE-29 is able to reach a top speed of up to 55 kmph, thanks to a 1KW motor.
Features on this one include a digital instrument console, LED headlamp, Bluetooth connectivity, anti-theft alarm system and walk and reverse assist. The AE-29 rides on telescopic forks in the front and twin-sided springs at the back. The scooter is expected to be launched in India within this year.
This one comes as a lead-acid battery-powered electric scooter from the house of Hero Electric at a starting price of Rs 29,990. At this price, the 69 kg electric scooter sports a compact look and feel and promises to be an effective commuter as an entry-level electric scooter. Powered by a 48 V battery and a 550W BLDC motor, it promises a range of 60 km on a single charge and a top speed of 40 kmph.
Hero Optima ER
Hero Electric recently launched the extended range versions of two of its electric scooters – the Hero Optima and the Hero Nyx. The former comes at a price tag of Rs 68,721 (ex. PAN India). The extended range of the electric scooters will be backed by double lithium-ion batteries used by Hero Electric. The company claims that the double batteries can be charged to a 100 percent in just four hours and deliver a range of 110 km on a single charge. The batteries also come with a promised life of up to 5 years with service and maintenance. The Optima ER will retail in two colour options – Matte Red and Matte Grey.
Hero Nyx ER
The second launch by the company, the Nyx ER will be available for Rs 69,754 (ex. PAN India). It carries the same 48V, 56Ah battery as the Optima ER and with a slightly pepped up electric motor, offers the same top speed as the Optima ER – 42 kmph at a slightly reduced range of 100 km on a single charge. Hero Electric is aiming to cater to the commercial segment with the Nyx ER and claims that the e-scooter is perfect for those having an extended usage of a vehicle, more than 70 km on a single day. The Nyx ER will be available in Black and Silver colour options.
Hero Duet Electric
Hero has gone for the design and a few components of its standard Duet for its all-new electric version. The battery, that makes the difference, delivers a 6.7PS of power and 14Nm of torque, making it capable to dash 0-60kmph in just 6.5 seconds and traverse over 65 kms in a single charge.
The electric scooter is expected to debut around December 2019 and should be priced about Rs 70,000.
The e-mobility subsidiary of Indian engineering company Greaves Cotton has announced its flagship product as the Zeal electric scooter. With a top speed of 55 kmph and a claimed acceleration of 0-50kmph in 14 secs, the Zeal comes as the first electric two-wheeler from the house of Ampere to boast of a high top speed. In addition, the e-scooter comes with a range of 75 km on a charge time of 5.5 hours.
Since the electric scooter is powered by Lithium-ion batteries, buyers of the Zeal will be able to avail a subsidy of Rs 18,000 under the FAME-II guidelines, effectively bringing its price down to Rs 69,962 (ex-showroom, Delhi) from Rs 87,862.
The Jaipur-based electric two-wheeler startup has unveiled its first electric vehicle with its own name. Powered by a 250W BLDC motor delivering a top speed of 25 km/h, the electric scooter promises a range of 90 km, thanks to its 48V 30Ah 12 kg lithium-ion battery. The two-wheeler’s kerb weight measures to 74 kg.
Battre claims that its e-scooter will be able to charge fully within four hours, for a total of 2000 charging cycles of the battery. Launched at a price of Rs 63,555, the e-scooter comes with features like apron-mounted round headlamp, a flyscreen covered LCD display, an ergonomically designed grab rail, motorcycle-like handlebars and integrated turn indicators in the tail lamp.
Showcased at the Auto Expo 2018, the Honda PCX comes with the design language of its petrol counterpart. Minor updates include an LED lighting at the front as well as the rear and a full-digital instrument console.
The scooter will feature Honda’s own electric motor with two detachable battery packs termed ‘Honda Mobile Power Pack’ under the seat for an enhanced range. The detachable batteries will provide both the options to the user, that of swapping the batteries or charging them at a desktop station.
Honda is expected to launch the PCX electric in the latter half of 2019 at a price of Rs 1 – 1.5 lakh.
TVS Motor Company is the latest one to come up with an all-electric scooter. Priced at Rs 1.15 lakh, this one is called the TVS iQube and is equipped with a hub mounted 4.4 kW electric motor that is able to reach a top speed of 78 kmph and an acceleration of 0 to 40 kmph in 4.2 seconds. This is backed by 3-lithium-ion battery packs enclosed in a water and dust resistant casing that give a combined range of 75 km on a single charge. The company says that the scooter takes around 5 hours for a full charge. Other features on the electric scooter include LED headlamps and tail-lamps, Q-park assist and USB charging as well as connectivity features through the TVS SmartXonnect.
Again showcased at the Auto Expo 2018, the all-electric scooter from TVS has been developed in partnership with Intel. It comes with connectivity options like GPS, park assist, cloud connectivity, geofencing, anti-theft and more. Just like the PCX, the Creon will also come with a full-digital instrument console, LED lighting at both the ends. It will also feature disk brakes at both ends and a perimeter frame that houses the Li-ion batteries. The batteries deliver 16PS of power and a claimed range of 80 kms, along with a 0-60 kmph speed in 5.1 seconds.
The Creon is also expected to make its appearance in the Indian market by the latter half of the year close to a price of Rs 1 lakh.
Ather has launched a new electric scooter with a completely redesigned battery pack and motor. This has enabled the company to amp up the performance offered on the 450X. It now promises an on-road range of 85 km along with a peak power of 6 kW and peak torque of 26 Nm. This enables an acceleration of 0 to 60 kmph in 6.5 seconds in a new warp mode. Meanwhile, the company has managed to reduce the weight of the scooter by 10 kg in comparison with the 450.
There are some additions to the connectivity features too. Apart from what the 450 had on offer, the 450X now works on an open-source Android version that will likely improve the touch experience as well as invite more developers for new softwares on such offerings. It also supports 4G connectivity.
Among other updates, Ather now offers an infinite battery warranty with the 450X as a mark of the supreme performance of their new battery system. Ather 450X will be available in two different variants, ‘Plus’ that shares its specifications with the 450 but will be available in new colours and with 4G connectivity and the ‘Pro’that will offer the above-mentioned performance specifications. The electric scooters will be available at a price of Rs 1,49,000 (ex-showroom) for the Plus variant and Rs 1,59,000 for the Pro model.
A company built from the ground up to embrace the electric vehicle culture in India, Ather Energy is widely considered to be at the forefront of electric two-wheelers in the market, thanks to their fresh approach towards their electric scooter. Claiming a range of 55-75 km on a single charge and a top speed of 80 kmph, the Ather 450 comes with an on road price of Rs 1,28,230 in a bundled package that includes a home charger, one year of free service and free charging till the end of December 2019.
More than the e-scooter, the EV company is being hailed as the one responsible for propagating EV culture in India because of its holistic approach to the industry. In addition to producing such electric two-wheelers, Ather has also introduced its own charging network in the city of Bengaluru by the name of Ather Grid. As the company expands its market in other cities, it is bound to garner more interest from Indian buyers overtime.
A startup incubated at IIT Hyderabad recently introduced its line of electric vehicles in the Indian market. Comprising of four electric two-wheelers in its portfolio, the company aims to deploy as much as 10,000 electric vehicles in India by the end of next year. One of the four two-wheelers is the ePluto, an electric scooter that is backed by a 2 kWh lithium-ion battery and promises a range of 100 km on a single charge. Available at a price of Rs 74,999, the ePluto comes as the flagship offering by the company and will be available in select Indian cities for now.
Mahindra Electric Scooter
A similar scenario can be seen in the case of Mahindra as the company is already working on a host of EV offerings. While it sells its GenZe electric scooter in the US, it is yet to come out with a similar offering in its home market. If everything goes as the company has it planned, a Mahindra electric scooter might not be a distant dream.