Electrifying The Youth
When it comes to Indians, a majority of us are introduced to automobiles through scooters. Whether we get a brand new one, or the family heirloom handed down from generation to generation, these two-wheelers are our first taste of freedom as well as responsibility as they help us navigate the seemingly unpredictable journey that is puberty. No wonder we are so attached and loyal to the brands we love, and the thought of them going away seems depressing. But that is exactly what might happen if the government succeeds in their tentative plans of only selling electric two-wheelers in hopes of curbing pollution. When this scenario becomes a reality, the majority of our favourite models will be phased out and replaced with electric counterparts that are already being prepared for the market. Here are a few examples of the electric scooters you soon might see running on Indian roads.
HONDA PCX ELECTRIC
The PCX Electric is a new variant of the existing Honda PCX line-up that generally features a 125cc petrol engine. In the electric avatar, the scooter looks almost the same, with the only noticeable difference being the lack of an exhaust system on the right and the air-filter box on the left. The engine has been replaced by a 96V system that uses two 48V lithium-ion batteries and produces 5.7HP of power with 18.3NM of torque. This translates to a real-world speed of 60 kph, with a range of 41 km. Honda has already showcased this model at the Auto Expo, so we can expect it to come to India sooner than later with a price tag of around Rs. 1 lakh.\
NGT is a smart scooter from a Chinese company called NIU, which despite its obscurity in the Indian market, is easily one of the biggest e-scooter companies in the world. The design is a bit plain, but still striking with subtle body lines and a big LED headlight. It is powered by a BOSCH motor that produces 3KW power and is linked to two 60v35aH removable battery packs from Panasonic that provide a combined range of over 100-150kms, depending on the driving style. You can get this range with about 3.5 hours of charging. One of the key features that make this scooter a serious contender is the exciting top speed of around 70km/h, with which its lightweight and instant power delivery make it feel quite powerful. With an expected price of around Rs 3.5 lakhs, this will be a nice offering for the entry-level premium electric scooter segment.
SUPER SOCO CUX DUCATI EDITION
Super Soco is a UK based EV manufacturer that deals primarily with two-wheelers and is a supplier for Ducati. Their electric scooter by the name of Cux is the perfect offering for the Indian market, especially in metro cities. It comes with a 60V/30Ah Lithium battery that is mated to a 1.3KW Bosch motor. The battery is removable and supports a range of 40 miles on one charge that can be replenished in under seven hours. The scooter also comes with a battery management system that prevents overcharging, over-current protection and short-circuits. The CUx was recently launched in a limited edition Ducati version as well, which we hope will make it to India soon enough. Although, at a starting price of around ` 2 lakhs, it will not be a cheap toy to own.
Vespa is a brand that has a long history in India, so learning that they have an electric scooter, and it might come to India, is an exciting development for sure. Vespa has invented this scooter as a taste of their EV vision, calling it Elettrica. It comes with a 4.2kWh battery, that produces 4 KW or 5.3HP power, with around 200NM of torque. The power delivery is linear though with the top speed limited at 48 km/h or 29.8 mph. This clearly marks the scooter as a truly urban offering with a decent range of around 100 kilometres. You can achieve this range with about four hours of charging. Both the company and the critics consider this as the replacement for entry-level small capacity scooters. However, with a starting price of around Rs. 5 lakhs, it will need to do a lot more to justify the purchase. These are just some of the electric scooters that are expected to enter the Indian market, as almost all two-wheeler companies have plans to enter this segment sooner or later. It is an exciting look into the future of the scooter market as well as what we can expect from EVs going forward.