- TVS plans to launch full portfolio of electric vehicles in India.
- TVS iQube has range of 75kms and top speed of 78kmph.
- TVS has production capacity of 1000 units per month of iQube at Hosur plant
TVS Motor Company has big plans to introduce a whole portfolio of electric vehicles in the country in the next 4-5 years. According to Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director of TVS Motor Company, it will be a phased expansion keeping in mind all the hurdles regarding the charging infrastructure. The dealerships and the service centers will be updated while the mechanics will also be trained so that the customers do not face any inconvenience.
The Chennai-based company has launched the all-new iQube electric scooter at a sticker price of Rs 1.15 Lakhs (on-road, Bengaluru) in the Indian market. The bookings for the scooter starts from today online at the company's website as well as through ten selected dealerships in Bengaluru. TVS iQube will go on sale in 3-4 metro cities by the next fiscal year while it is a direct rival to the likes of Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450X in India.
Speaking of styling, the iQube comes with fairly simple design with intention of targeting every age group of audience. It rides on the same 12-inch wheels which were first seen with the special edition of Jupiter. It has a LED headlamp with U-shaped daytime running light (DRL) and a LED tail-lamp cluster. There is also an 'electric' emblem with illuminated light. As for the technology, TVS iQube is offered with ‘next-gen TVS SmartXonnect platform’ which boasts of the iQube app and a TFT instrument console as standard. The amalgamation of both these come up with several features such as geo-fencing, last park location, navigation assist, incoming calls/SMS alerts and remote battery charge status etc.
TVS iQube draws power from a 4.4 kW electric motor which makes it run at a top speed of 78kmph while its arch foes Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450X have top speeds of 60kmph and 80kmph, respectively. The company claims that it has a driving range of 75kms on a full charge which is also pretty similar to Ather 450X while Bajaj Chetak has a slightly enhanced range at 95kms. The iQube touches the 40kmph mark from standstill in just 4.2 seconds while it gets a couple of driving modes in form of Economy and Power alongside regenerative braking as standard features.. The battery is not detachable. It is being locally developed at the company's Hosur facility in Tamil Nadu with average of 1000 units per month.