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2020 Top 10 Electric Scooters

Electric Scooters

Electric scooters are becoming quite popular, for they make for a cleaner and safer mode of mobility. And particularly in India, that has a market for these type of vehicles. We shortlist ten of the best electric scooters you can buy today.

1) Ather 450X

The 450X happens to be more powerful than the 450. It also comes with new features. If you opt for the more affordable subscription plan, you get the scooter with a motor that’s peak output is 5.4kW and 22Nm of torque. In Eco mode, it can manage a range of 75kms while usable capacity witnesses a reduction to 2.4kWh. If you opt for the Pro subscription, the scooter offers the best performance possible. Power comes from a 3.3kW/6kW continuous/peak motor that produces 26Nm of torque. The scooter can reach a top speed of 80kph and manages to sprint from 0-40kph in 3.3 seconds. This should be possible in the scooter’s Warp riding mode. The scooter weighs 108kgs and has a claimed range of 70kms in Ride mode. The scooter boasts of a 7.0-inch display that is powered by a 1.3Ghz Snapdragon processor.

2) TVS iQube

Power for the iQube comes from a 4.4kW electric motor that makes the scooter reach a top speed of 78kph. On a single charge, the scooter can cover a range of 75kms, while it does the 0-40kph sprint in 4.2 seconds. The scooter features two riding modes: economy and power; it also gets regenerative braking. Mention must be made of the fact that the battery cannot be removed. The scooter boasts of a TFT instrument cluster and the TVS iQube app. Users can access features like navigation assist, geo-fencing, remote battery charge status, last park location and incoming call alerts/SMS alerts. Appearance wise, the scooter is simple but modern and is available only in white. The scooter gets LED DRLs at the front and an LED tail light.

3) Bajaj Chetak

While the Urbane model doesn’t come in metallic colours and uses a drum brake at the front, the Premium model comes with metallic colours, a tan seat and metallic-coloured wheels. The scooter is sold only in KTM showrooms and can be booked online at a cost of ₹2000. There are a total of 13 dealerships in Bangaluru and four dealers in Pune. Power comes from a 3.8kW/4.1kW(continuous/peak power) electric motor that sends power to the rear wheel through an automated transmission. In Kick Down Mode, it provides an increase in the surge of power. The scooter can manage a range of 95kms in Eco mode and 85kms in Sport mode, thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack. The Bajaj Chetak produces 16Nm of torque.

4) Okinawa Cruiser

Okinawa had taken the wraps off its first electric maxi-scooter – the Cruiser, at the Auto Expo, earlier this year.On the styling front, it gets its headlamp mounted on the apron with a huge visor. The instrument cluster includes a semi-digital unit, with Mobile App connectivity as part of the package too. It gets some chrome elements on the handlebar and foot pegs. The scooter is pretty huge but the quality leaves nothing to complain about. Features include keyless entry, USB charger, Motor Walking Assistance, cruise speed lock, Find My Scooter function and anti-theft alarm. Power comes from a 3kW motor, and the scooter will possibly do a top speed of 100kph, while a range of 120kms is expected. It gets a 4kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that is detachable.

5) EeVe Forseti

EeVe is an Odisha-based electric vehicle company that is getting ready to launch its Forseti electric scooter. The scooter comes with an LED headlamp, tail lamp, front disc brake, twin shock-absorbers at the rear and push-button release foot pegs. It should be able to reach a top speed of 100kph. And the battery is removable. The company has an assembly plant near Bhubaneswar which has an annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles. The company is also working on a battery assembly plant in Odisha. The line-up of scooters feature USB port and bottle holder, keyless entry and an anti-theft mechanism. The scooter will most likely have a range of 90kms per charge and the battery will come with a five-year warranty.

6) Vespa Elettrica

The design of the Elettrica is inspired by the scooters in the company’s line-up. The curvaceous body panels look attractive with a lot of chrome highlights. It gets full-LED lighting and a full-colour TFT instrument cluster that displays information like the range, speed, battery capacity and odometer. It also comes with Bluetooth connectivity and can be synced to a smartphone via the Vespa Connect app. The quality, build and finish are all top notch. Power comes from a 4.3kWh lithium-ion battery which powers a brushless DC motor that produces 4kW and 200Nm of torque. In order to charge the battery pack, it will take 4 hours. It gets two riding modes: Eco and Power. The scooter should be able to manage a range of 100kms.

7) Everve EF1

The EF1 was first shown at the 2020 Auto Expo. And thanks to its stunning design, it managed a lure a lot of enthusiasts. The scooter will come with two motor options: a 5 kW and 3.3kW. Power comes from a 4.2kWh unit that should be capable of providing a range of 100kms on a single charge. With the help of a fast charger, the scooter will top up its battery in 1.5 hours, up to 50 percent, while normal charging will take about 5 hours. The scooter is built on a light-weight hybrid tubular chassis. In terms of features, it is equipped with a customisable digital display, on-board navigation, reverse mode, keyless start, geo fencing and racing-grade suspension and brakes.

8) Hero Electric AE-29

This model happens to be the company’s new high-speed electric scooter for India. The scooter will take roughly four hours to charge completely. The scooter comes packed with features like walk assist, reverse facility, mobile app, mobile charger, anti-theft smart lock, digital instrument display and Bluetooth connectivity.

9) Evolet Raptor

The Raptor is a maxi-scooter from Evolet, and the brand states that it will make for an ideal long-distance commuter. The scooter is built on a rigid chassis and features a bold and sharp design language. It uses a 3kW motor that draws power from a 72V 40Ah Li-ion battery which pushes the scooter to a top speed of 120kph. The scooter is said to manage a range of 100-250kms and it comes with battery bays that can be used for optional batteries. Features include a digital speedometer and a USB mobile charging port.

10) Okinawa i-Praise

In terms of styling, the Okinawa i-Praise looks futuristic and cutting-edge, particularly with those sharp design cues and the edge apron-mounted headlight design. Power comes from a 2.5kW BLDC electric motor that uses power from a 2.9kWh battery pack. On a single charge, the scooter will be able to manage covering a range of 160-180kms. It will take 2.3 hours to charge the battery to full capacity.

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