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Want to Buy an Electric Scooter in 2020?- Advantages, Disadvantages and Best Electric Scooters in India

With the increasing pollution, rising energy demands and increasing traffic, Electric Vehicles specially the Electric Scooters are becoming excessively popular these days.

These are extremely light and compact with no noise and CO. 2 emissions. Conventional Scooters are now being replaced by Electric Scooters in the country with Big Automobile Brands focusing on their Electric Vehicle strategy in the country.

These scooters run on rechargeable batteries and are environment cum pocket friendly.

How Electric Scooters Work?

How Electric Scooters work

Electric Scooters are plug-in-Electric Vehicles that consumes electricity from Rechargeable Batteries. These Rechargeable Batteries are charged by plugging the Electric Scooter into a power outlet.

The batteries supply the required amount of energy to the Electric Motor which in turn powers the vehicle.

Advantages of Electric Scooters

Electric Scooters offer a great number of advantages over the conventional fuel powered scooters. Some of its advantages are:-

  • Savings on Fuel
  • Very Low Maintenance Costs
  • Environment Friendly
  • Zero Running Noise
  • Zero CO. 2 Emissions

Disadvantages of Electric Scooters

Although Electric Scooter manufacturers are trying to eliminate the various disadvantages of these vehicles, still eScooters have some major disadvantages.

  • Speed Limits
  • Lack of Charging Stations in the Country
  • Long Charging Times
  • Costly Battery Replacements

Electric Scooters and Bikes available in India

Electric Scooters in India

Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter

At a time, The Chetak was a very popular Scooter in the country produced by Bajaj Auto Company

The Brand is now back with Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooters designed just like the traditional Chetak but featuring the modern design elements and features.

It starts at Rs. 1 Lakh (ex-Showroom Price, All India) and is available in two variants- Premium and Urbane.

Bajaj Chetak Electric scooter

The vehicle is powered by a Lithium-ion battery and is different from the other Electric Scooters present in the market as it features metal body design unlike fibre body as seen in other electric vehicles present in market.

The vehicle comes with two power modes- Eco and Sports and under the hood has a 4Kw Electric motor. 

The vehicle offers a real world range of 95 kms. in the Eco and 85 Kms. in the Sports mode with a top speed of 69Kmph. 

However the Company has incorporated Regenerative braking technology in the scooter that is believed to add a 2.8 meter range everytime the driver goes from 60-0Kmph.

The scooter is offered along with a home charging port included in the price of the vehicle. 

Some of the features of the Bajaj Chetak electric includes Reverse Gear, Keyless ignition, 12 inch alloy wheels, LED Lights, a Digital Console meter and a USB Charger. 

Bajaj is offering a 3 years, 50,000 kms. warranty on the Lithium-ion batteries of the vehicle to gain confidence of the buyers. 

The eScooter can currently being bought in Banagalore and Pune only however the company will be expanding its reach soon through KTM dealerships by July this year.

Ather 450 / Ather 450X / Ather 450 Plus Electric Scooters

The Ather 450 is a product of a Bengaluru based Tech Startup, Ather Energy which was started back in 2013 by two IITians.

Ather 450X

This eScooter was the one that changed what Electric Scooters meant in India with some top-of-the-line features.

The vehicle is powered by a 2.4kWh Lithium-ion battery.

The company calls it an ever improving scooter as it can get new software features, enhanced performance and firmware updates without taking it to the service centre. 

The vehicle comes with a 3 year unlimited KMs warranty and three driving modes- Eco, Ride and Sports.

The most attractive thing about the Ather 450 is the inclusion of a 7 inch touchscreen that makes the vehicle look extremely cool and one of its kind.

It also houses an On-Board Navigation powered by Google to help city commuters locate their routes.

The Ather 450 has features like LED lights, Reverse Gear Mode and OTA updates. The vehicle comes with an integrated home charger meant to power up the vehicle at the home.

It is available for an On-Road price of 1,13,715 for Bengaluru and Rs. 1,22,224 for Chennai as the availability is confined currently to these two cities. 

If you are residing in any of the two cities you should definitely buy or rather I should say invest in this eScooter from Ather.

Along with this, Ather 450X is the second offering from the company however it is yet not available and up for pre-orders. 

Ather 450X is an advanced version of Ather 450 as it comes with a Super Lithium ion batter, fast charging and is the quickest and smartest eScooter out there. 

Also available is Ather 450 Plus eScooter that will replace the Ather 450 in the future

It will be priced around Rs. 1,60,000 and can be booked online with an upfront payment of Rs. 2500 on the Ather Official Website.

Ather also has various subscription plans and lease options to make it easy for you to own their vehicle by not making any hefty upfront payments. 

You can check all the plans on their official website.

Revolt Electric Bike

Revolt RV 400 and RV 300 was launched by Revolt Motors in India at a base price of Rs. 98,999 in August 2019 however the prices were later hiked on by Rs. 5,000. 

The eBike was launched in Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chennai and was the first electric motorbike to be launched in the country. 

Revolt RV400

Revolt Intellicorp is a company owned by Rahul Sharma- Micromax’s Co-founder and began in India by launching its first two completely electric bikes- The Revolt RV 300 and Revolt RV 400. 

Unlike other electric vehicles, Revolt went a step further and introduced the My Revolt Plans through which the bikes can be bought by paying a monthly EMI and no upfront payment. 

It is India’s First AI Enabled Bike and can produce four different sounds to make it sound like a Conventional motorbike. 

Revolt RV 400 comes with a home charger that can be plugged into any 15A power socket. It houses a 3.24kWh battery that can provide a range upto 150kms. on a single charge.

The Revolt RV 300 however comes with a 2.7 kWh battery that can provide a range of 180 Kms. on a single charge.

Both the bikes come with three driving modes- Eco, Normal and Sports with top speed of 85 kmph on the RV 400 and 65 kmph on the RV 300.

The vehicle features include LED headlamps, Swappable batteries, AI and a Reverse Gear Mode.

Revolt Bikes come with a Warranty of 8 years or 1.5Lakh km. which makes them the highest warranty offering eBikes in the country.

Since the vehicle had a very huge response since the time of its launch in India, it will be gradually expanding its dealer network as it is trying on its best to meet the demand in the existing cities.

TVS iQube Electric Scooter

iQube the latest offering from TVS Motors in India is a fully electric scooter that has a top speed of 78 kmph. 

TVS iQube

iQube features a completel LED design headlamps along with LED taillamps. It also has a Forward and Backward assist along with USB charging port and ample storage space. 

TVS iQube also has the TFT display in the panel just like the Ather however it is not so updated like the Ather and does not support OTA updates for the vehicle.

The vehicle has a 75 km range on a single charge with a top speed of 78kmph.

However TVS has just restricted the vehicle to Bangalore for a start with a pricing or rs, 1,15,000 on road in Bangalore.

Avon Electric Scooters

avon electric scooter

Avon e-Bikes are the cheapest among all the bikes listed above. It starts at around Rs. 47,000 however these don’t house the Lithium-ion batteries like the latest offerings in the market.

It is available through local dealers at dealer specific prices. These electric scooters don’t have high speeds and also have low range. Also they do not have any of the tech features unlike their other competitors

There are many other Electric scooters being offered by local manufacturers in the country at various places including many of the small cities. 

Some of the local manufacturers have even copied the designs of the Scooters like the Bajaj Chetak and also included Lithium-ion batteries in them however the reliability of these scooters is unknown.

If you are planning to buy an eScooter or eBike in your city and any of the top offering is not available, we will suggest you to wait for the above companies to launch them in your cities as the above are the most reliable electric two wheelers available in the Indian market.

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