Published on February 9th, 2018 | by Saurabh Mahapatra0
Hero Electric Launches High-Speed Electric Scooters In India
February 9th, 2018 by Saurabh Mahapatra
One of India’s leading electric bike manufacturers has launched high-speed electric scooters ahead of the Auto Expo 2018.
Hero Electric, a subsidiary of Hero Motors, launched a new electric scooter codenamed AXLHE-20. The scooter is perhaps the most powerful scooter currently being offered by the company. According to media reports, the scooter houses a 4 kilowatt motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.
The company claims a top speed of 85 kilometers (53 miles) per hour with a maximum range of 110 kilometers (68 miles) in one full charge. It would take four hours to fully charge the battery pack but with regenerative braking the pack can also be charged, to some extent, on the go.
The top speed as well as maximum range is very suitable for daily travel in a metropolitan area like New Delhi. It can be easily charged at home overnight or at the office during the day. Power utilities in India currently do not offer concessional tariffs for charging electric vehicles, but once they do, consumers may find it financially efficient to use electric bikes like the AXLHE-20.
Hero Electric also announced the launch of two electric bicycles along with the scooter.
The company is already the leader in the electric bikes market in India, commanding 65% of the marketshare. It has 15 electric bike models on offer, including two high-speed models before the launch of the latest one. The current offerings — Photon and E-Sprint — offer maximum speeds of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour with a maximum range of up to 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) on a single charge.
So, the new offering is a big upgrade on the existing models and may attract even more attention from prospective customers, and help the company extend its lead in the market.