7 Best Electric Scooters
Although Electric scooters have been around since as early as 1915, they have only appeared recently in the Indian market. India’s first e-scooter was launched in June 2018, on World Environment Day, by Ather Energy, with the backing of the Hero Group and Sachin Bansal of Flipkart. Later Bajaj Chetak launched their e-scooters and currently, Ola cab services are launching their e-scooters. They acquired Etergo, a Dutch company, and borrowed from their cutting-edge design and technology in the making of the Ola electric scooters. These are expected to hit the market in August. Electric Scooters are an environmentally smarter mode of transportation. Shared E-scooters have already revolutionized short-distance travel in Europe and America. Now India is about to jump on the bandwagon. Most of these e-scooters can be charged using a standard 5A socket.
When it comes to finding the right electric scooter, the first step is knowing which ones are available in India right now. Read our guide to find out everything you need to know about the E-Scooter options available to you in 2021.
Everything to Know About the Top Electric Scooters
1. Bajaj Chetak Electric
Chetak Electric scooters are available in six cities including Pune, Bangalore, and Nagpur. Prices start at ₹1.43 lakh. Chetak e-scooters are available in six colours, and two variants – Urban and Premium. The premium is marginally more expensive. It has a range of 95-100 km in a single charge and the company says that the battery should last as long as 70,000 km if handled well. Full charge requires at least 5 hours of charging. Other features are feather-touch switchgear, frontal disc brakes, and drum brakes at the rear. Booking can be done online by registering on the Bajaj Chetak site or directly at the showroom. Bookings are currently available for Bangalore and Pune. Order yours before stock runs out.
2. Ather 450
Ather 450 was the first Indian e-scooter, launched in 2018. At that time, these scooters were available for purchase in Bangalore alone. Ather has now extended their sales to 14-15 cities and expects to garner presence in as many as 50 cities by the end of this year. Their revenue has increased from ₹11.7 crores in 2020 to ₹48.8 crores in 2021. They have set up over 130 charging points around the country and are steadily adding more points. Ather has also unveiled the new and improved version which they call the 450X which can run up to 85 km per charge compared to the 75 km range of the 450 variant. The 450x is the fastest e-scooter, accelerating 0-40 kph in 3.3 seconds and 0-60 kph in 6.5 seconds. The Ather 450x is priced at ₹1.13 lakh. Test drives can be seamlessly booked online through their website and they can be purchased at any of the brand’s showrooms after reserving it with a down payment of ₹2500.
3. TVS iQube
The TVS iQube is a high-speed e-scooter with a top speed of 78 kph and a range of 75 km. The brand claims it can reach 40 kph in only 4.2 seconds. It is noiseless with a silent, hub-mounted, 4.4 kW motor. Other smart features include the Next Generation TFT Dashboard and a TVS iQube app, all part of their SmartXonnect technology. It can be purchased from the showroom at around ₹1.24 lakh and can be booked for ₹5000. Full charge requires 7 hrs.
You will get a warranty of 3 years or until you drive it to 50,000 km. Also, TVS provides one-year-long roadside assistance in case your vehicle breakdown and the company is offering its one-year SmartXonnect subscription.
4. Ola Series S
Ola has opened bookings for its soon-to-be-launched Ola Series S e-scooters. News is, 100,000 bookings were placed for their e-scooters within just 24 hours of bookings opening. The company wanted to make bookings accessible, so they have set the booking amount as low as ₹499. To book, head to olaelectric.com and follow the steps to register, and pay ₹499. The Ola e-scooters will be available in three variants – the Ola Series S, Ola S1, and the Ola S1 Pro. Ola is also set on building the world’s largest two-wheeler charging network – their hypercharge. This could just as well be a huge step towards sustainability. The hyper charging facilities are expected to be automated, multi-level charging and parking facilities built across cities that will make charging e-scooters ultra-accessible. The company promises a range of 75 km on 18 mins of charging.
5. Hero Electric Optima ER
These mid-speed e-scooters are currently in the news after a massive price -drop due to Government subsidies in two Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, where these scooters will now be available for as low as ₹40,000. This means, the Optima ER which was previously priced at ₹58,980, is now available at ₹39,000. The dual battery Optima ER has a range of 122 km, portable lithium-ion batteries, telescopic suspension for jerk-free, smooth-riding, and remote lock and anti-theft alarm. Fully charged in 4-5 hours.
6. Komaki XGT KM
Komaki advertises their e-scooters as not just smart, but also safe. These electric scooters have tubeless tyres, disc brakes and ample space making them safe for youngsters and good family scooters. The company has also been working on a new battery technology that would cut down heavily on the need to recharge. In the future, their vision is to fit models like XGT-KM, the X-One, and the XGT-X4 e-scooters with their improved batteries. The Komaki XGT has 85 kilometres range for each charge. The full charge needs 6 to 8 hours. This is one of the most affordable e-scooter models, and prices start at ₹42,500.
7. Revolt RV400
Currently sold-out, the company has put up a “Notify Me” option for buyers that are in the queue. The Revolt e-scooters are available in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. The Revolt RV400 offers three riding modes – Eco, Normal, and Sports, with top speeds of 45 kmph, 65 kph, and 85 kph, respectively. Its mid-drive 3KW motor is powered by a 72V, 3.24KWh Lithium-ion battery. These e-scooters are priced at ₹90,799.
Switch to an electric smart scooter today to do your bit for the environment. E-scooters are the future of short-distance locomotion.