Hero Leap Overview
Hero MotoCorp revealed the revolutionary Hero Leap, an electric scooter, at the Auto Expo 2014. The scooty new model is expected to be launched in India soon enough. The Hero Leap Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid electric scooter to be developed by the famous two-wheeler manufacturing company. The electric scooty sports high-end features to make it a flagship hybrid scooter model by the manufacturer.
Mileage & Features
With its mileage details still unrevealed, the hybrid scooter is expected to return a good mileage value for enhanced performance. In terms of its looks and features, the all-new bike from Hero MotoCorp receives a highly futuristic design. Towards its front, the attractive headlamp is positioned between the convenient handlebars. At the same time, a unique “position light” sits at the center of the scooter’s apron. The new-generation hybrid scooter model receives an all-LED lighting system – both at the headlight and tail light. The buyers can also expect a completely digital instrument console for enhancing the contemporary look of the advanced scooter.
Engine & Transmission
The main source of power for the Hero electric bike is the 8kW PMAC (Permanent Magnet AC) motor. The motor of the hybrid scooter gets its power from the Lithium-ion batteries with its rating at 60 Nm. The electric motor of the scooter is able to generate around 10.7 bhp. While the power value might be on the lower end, the impressive 60 Nm of peak torque makes the hybrid scooter more powerful and attractive.
The two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp claims that the petrol engine can help in extending the overall range of the hybrid scooter by around four times. As such, the all-new Leap scooter comes along with a range extender – a highly efficient 124 cc engine that makes use of the petrol engine from the 3-litre fuel tank to derive the riding power. The petrol engine of the electric scooter is connected to the on-board generator, which helps in directing the energy towards the lithium-ion batteries.
Performance & Handling
Though the power generated by the electric motor of the hybrid scooter might be lower, the utilization of the petrol-based range extender can help in improving the overall performance of the scooter. On the handling front, the presence of a spacious footboard area along with the well-cushioned seats ensures a highly comfortable riding experience.
Braking & Safety
The braking capabilities of the Hero Leap hybrid scooter in India are handled by the presence of twin-piston 240 mm Brembo disc brake towards the front. The rear unit receives a drum braking unit.
Being the first-ever hybrid scooter model in India, the Hero Leap motorbike will not have any direct competitor as of now.
The new-generation Hero Leap still appears to be in its development stage. With its green approach, the hybrid scooter model in India is going to be an interesting product.