The electric two-wheeler market in India is growing at an unprecedented rate with many new manufacturers making their debut. Currently, there are a variety of models available with very less clarity. So here we have listed some of the most important aspects you need to remember before buying an electric scooter or motorcycle.
Electric vehicles available today can be separated into two categories based on their purpose: commercial use and personal use. Commercial electric scooters are generally all about storage space and load capacity. These models are used for delivery purposes to serve in the B2B segment and have low cost construction. Additionally, these commercially used electric scooters offer the bare minimum and are low-speed models. Hero Electric, Jitendra EV and Okinawa are some of the brands offering commercial electric scooters.
Meanwhile, e-scooters/motorbikes used for personal use are available in both low-speed and high-speed formats. Although low-speed models are considerably cheaper, they can be used in town, offer basic functionality and can be used without a license. On the other hand, high-speed electric two-wheelers fall into the premium category, including names like the Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak, Revolt RV400, TVS iQube, and Ola S1 Pro. These tend to offer a slew of features, decent storage, and premium fit and finish.
Range and speed
Buyers who want to commute daily can opt for electric two-wheelers with a minimum range of around 80 to 100 km. This saves the hassle of daily charging. Although you can opt for low-speed electric vehicles, their maximum speed is limited to 25 km/h and this is not a good idea if you live in a city with flyovers. Meanwhile, high-speed models like Ola, Ather and others offer much higher speed that is better suited to overall driving conditions as well as reliable range.
Currently, manufacturers offer different battery formats: interchangeable, removable and fixed. Brands like Bounce Infinity offer the swappable battery service for its E1 e-scooter at its swap stations. Cyclists can exchange the discharged battery for a charged battery on a subscription basis. Meanwhile, removable batteries can be charged at home, in the office, or even in a parking lot, but are cumbersome to move around. Lastly, scooters with a fixed battery need a suitable parking space to be charged, which can be inconvenient if your home/workplace doesn’t have a charger or charging port in it. parking area.
Grants and awards
Depending on the purpose of your EV purchase, the purchase cost can vary between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh. Low-speed models like Hero Electric Optima and Okinawa R30 cost around Rs 60,000 while the Ather 450X Gen 3 and Bajaj Chetak are priced at Rs 1.34 lakh and Rs 1.45 lakh, respectively. The above asking prices include FAME II and state subsidies (select states only). Notably, the FAME II grant will only be available until March 2024 for 10 lakh electric two-wheelers. After FAME II expires, you can expect VE prices to see an upward revision.
After sales service
After-sales services for electric vehicles are quite rare since the only consumables are brake pads and tires. After a certain number of kilometers on the odometer or a defined period, you will also need to replace the battery and service the engine (if necessary). We therefore recommend that you thoroughly investigate the service centers as well as the intervals at which the e-scooter/bike needs a check.