Recently in India, right after the covid pandemic, the fuel price has gone to a record breaking high since the last economic recession. The result of the price hike finally has forced electric vehicles to become an alternative option over the petrol powered motorbikes. The hassle-free ride and minimum maintenance of these e-scooters, is making petrol-power motorbikes redundant to a certain extent.
Ather 450X is an e-scooter from a Bangalore-based company called Ather Energy. The company was founded with an ambition. The ambition of building an electric scooter with a good performance and battery range, but without compromising on design or the build quality. Surely they have achieved just that as it really has stood out from the crowd of other e-scooters available in the market for its futuristic and clean design.
Ather 450X is known for its efficient battery management system. Because, it has the ability to automatically re-tune the motor to develop power output even while riding. Its battery comes with a capacity of 2.9 kilowatt-hour which translates to an improved long-range battery mileage of 116 km.
|Charging Time||~5h||Kerb Weight||108kg|
The brand new Bajaj Chetak is an e-scooter made by a homegrown company, Bajaj Auto. The contemporary design of this new electric scooter is inspired by the legendary fuel-based Chetak scooter that was launched in 1972. However, unlike the old machine, this new avatar of Chetak is all about clean electric power and pollution free rides.
The scooter is powered by a 3.8kW motor that produces about 16Nm of torque, which is quite low compared to others in the segment. However, the riding comfort is great. It has two riding modes, Eco and Sport. The sports mode delivers the maximum power output as you open the throttle. However, it’s not a scooter with quick acceleration.
|Charging Time||~4.5h||Kerb Weight||100kg|
Amperel Zeal is the flagship yet affordable electric scooter from a Coimbatore-based startup, called Ampere Vehicles. Ampere Zeal is their most powerful electric scooter till date, which offers realistic performance for a city life. The machine has a comparatively low powered motor 1.kW which is not that good for pillion riding.
Some say that this scooter has a very sensitive acceleration that you could feel while riding. It comes with two modes as usual, Eco and Sport. But because of a low capacity battery, the range of the scooter is not that good. It only delivers around 45-55km on a single charge, even in eco mode. However, the company claims 80-90km of range.
|Charging Time||~4.5h||Kerb Weight||78kg|
Okinawa iPraise+ is the best electric scooter in terms of battery range that claims 139 Km on a full charge. It also supports the first charging facility that could reduce the charging time to 1-2 hours. The e-scooter gets up to 45km per hour of speed in eco mode.
|Charging Time||~4.5h||Kerb Weight||85kg|
Hero Electric Optima HS500 ER
Hero Electric is one of the few Indian manufacturers that pioneered electric-powered scooters many years back. The company has a very good reputation in the market, especially among budget-oriented customers. Thus, to meet the demand of the ever-growing market of e-scooters, Hero has launched Optima HS500 ER. The entire electric scooter division of Hero Motor corporation, has launched two ranges of electric scooters. They are categorized in low-speed and high-speed e-scooters.
The optima series has been the highest-selling electric bike of Hero for the last six years. Hero Electric Optima HS500 ER comes with an aerodynamic design and looks like a conventional scooter. It is powered by an efficient 600-watt motor, capable of churning out 1350 watt of peak power. The e-scooter has two high-performance portable lithium-ion batteries. According to the company, the scooter could deliver up to 110km of range on a single full charge.
|Charging Time||~4h||Kerb Weight||85kg|
Hero Electric Optima LA
Optima LA is also a product from Hero Electric. It is a low-powered e-scooter that’s specially designed for the daily city commute. Optima LA is one of the most affordable electric scooters in the Indian market. It has a 250w hub motor that can achieve 25 km per hour of top speed. Because of the low speed, customers don’t require any driving license to ride. The company claims 50km of range on a single charge.
|Charging Time||~3.5h||Kerb Weight||88kg|
Benling India Falcon
Falcon is the best-selling low-speed electric scooter from Benling India. This scooter comes with a hub motor which is mounted directly at the rear wheel. It is a comparatively lightweight e-scooter with only 66 Kg of weight. The low kerb-weight helps the scooter achieve 70-75 km of range on a single charge. The battery comes with is portable, which you can take out to charge within the home. Benling India Falcon is a no-registration and no-license electric scooter.
|Charging Time||~3.5h||Kerb Weight||66kg|
TVS iQube Electric
iQube is an electric scooter from the TVS Company. iQube comes with a simple yet elegant design, which at a glance does not look like an electric scooter. The overall esthetic of it gives the feel of a conventional petrol-powered scooter.
iQube comes with a hub-mounted motor that has a peak power output of 4.4 kW. The throttle response of the e-bike is instant and linear. This quick acceleration feature of the scooter works in both modes, Economy, and Power. According to the company’s claim, it gives a 70-75km of battery range on a full charge.
|Charging Time||~3.5h||Kerb Weight||118kg|
PURE EV Epluto 7G
Epluto 7G is an e-scooter produced by Pure EV, which is an Indian startup based in IIT Hyderabad. This is a high-speed electric scooter with a top speed of 60km per hour. It comes with a removable battery. The design of the scooter is very simple. Epluto 7G has a total of three riding modes that give you a range of 90-120 km on a full charge.
|Charging Time||~4.5h||Kerb Weight||79kg|