Posted on Feb 06, 2019 2017 10:35:00
The electric scooter has a range of 65 km with a single charge and a top speed of 25 km / h; does not require a riding license or registration.
Hero Electric today launched its latest model, the Flash electric scooter powered by a lead acid battery. The Flash electric scooter is equipped with a 250W motor, powered by a 48V, 20Ah VRLA battery, and can travel 65km on a single charge. It has a top speed of 25 km / h.
Available in a limited edition with only 2,000 units for sale, the Flash has an introductory price of Rs 19,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price includes the government subsidy of Rs 14,000 for electric vehicles as it is a collaboration between the Department of Science, the Society of Electric Vehicle Manufacturers (SMEV) and Hero Electric.
The lightweight 87kg Flash electric scooter does not require a driver’s license or registration, a factor that should make it popular among young people. Some of its features include magnesium alloy wheels, telescopic suspension and a full guardrail. It is also equipped with short circuit protection and has storage under the seat. It will be offered in red-black and silver-black color combinations.
Sohinder Gill, CEO of Hero Electric, told our sister publication, Autocar Professional, on the sidelines of the launch that, based on consumer preferences, there were also plans to offer a lithium-ion battery-powered Flash electric scooter at the bottom of the the scale. end in a few months. The price difference between the two battery powered scooters is around 15,000 to 20,000 rupees.
The electric scooter targets young people, housewives, small traders and the elderly. Flash shipments will start from next week to dealers in Delhi and roll out across India within a month, covering all 350 Hero Electric outlets. The company plans to add 100 more dealers during 2017 to bring the figure to 450 by the end of the year.
Two new e-scooters in preparation
Hero Electric is preparing to launch two new products. The first model – a premium lithium-ion battery-powered smart scooter with high connectivity and a Bosch powertrain – will launch after Diwali this year. The second model – a high-end low-speed electric scooter with a lithium-ion battery – will launch before the end of March 2018. Both will have a range of around 60-70 km, although the smart scooter has a speed roof. of 55 km / h. The lithium-ion battery should come from Korea, China, or Taiwan.
Gill says that while the lithium-ion battery has a three-year lifespan, the lead-acid battery comes with a one-year warranty. To make lithium-ion batteries more profitable, SMEV is turning to local manufacture; He has 10 proposals in hand, two of which are due to be shortlisted in a month and will require some assistance from the electric vehicle maker.
Speaking about online reservations for electric scooters, Gill pointed out that in the past two months, when demonetization hit dealer sales, the company has sold a large volume of its Maxi, Wave and e-spring scooters through PayTM and started online reservations for Flash as well.
Reacting to the 2017-2018 Union budget, Gill appreciated the allocation of 175 crore rupees for the three months, up to early April, due to government subsidies for electric vehicles.