Electric cars and bikes are here to stay and since we’ve spent a good amount of time behind the wheel of a few. We thought it might be a good idea to list down our choices of electric bikes that won’t make you miss the performance of a combustion engine whilst also being environmental and pocket-friendly.
- Ather 450X
Ather is a brand solely focusing on electric bikes. It is backed by Hero Motocorp and has been at the forefront of EV technology in our country since inception. It is the fastest EV scooter sold in our market with 8 bhp and 26 Nm of torque along with a range of 85 kms. The highlight is the 7-inch TFT display that can be paired with your smartphone to get information such as navigation and remote diagnostics. It is also capable of performing over-the-air updates.
- Ultraviolette F77
Hands down the most capable electric bike; with 33.5bhp and 90Nm of torque available at a flick of the wrist, the Ultraviolette F77 is one fast bike that focuses on performance with a healthy dose of torque. The F77 achieves a 0-100 in only 7.75 seconds, and although initial acceleration is stronger than its rivals, after 80 kmph it does feel sluggish. Acceleration for urban areas is just perfect for darting between cars. The bike is expected to be priced at Rs 3 lakhs which makes it expensive especially when compared to its rivals that produce the same power. The launch has been delayed due to the ongoing situation.
- Revolt RV 400
The RV 400 is a commuter bike in essence with its tiny size and upright stance. Revolt has made sure that most of the bike is localised to keep the costs low. As a result, it only costs Rs 1.52 lakhs. The Revolt RV 400 gives a range of 80-150 kms and a top speed of 45-85 kmph depending on the drive mode selected. To overcome the inconvenience of charging, Revolt has fitted the bike with removable batteries that can be charged separately. However, they are fairly heavy and not portable. You do get the option of swapping the battery at any of the Revolt showrooms. It gets a digital dashboard as well along with a lot of features. The biggest feature of the RV 400 would have to be its price point, as it makes the bike affordable for a wide audience.
- Bajaj Chetak
One of the biggest manufacturers in the two-wheeler industry wasn’t going to be left out in the EV era. Bajaj has launched it’s first EV offering and given it the bold name Chetak, which was one the most popular scooters ever to be sold in our country. The design of the bike is perhaps its biggest forte. The dials are digital and the bike does feel premium overall. Being an EV it does become expensive and costs Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom), but compared to its rivals, this price would be a bargain. The Chetak gets a 3kwh battery that produces 5 bhp and 16 Nm of torque. It also gives a range of 85-90 kms and is offered with two driving modes.
- TVS iQUBE
Apart from the fancy name, this scooty has a lot of features on offer as well. The iQube gets all LED lights at the front and at the back. You can easily connect your smartphone through bluetooth and get loads of information on the bike along with your mobile notifications which are displayed. Navigation is also on offer with the bike. The most interesting out of these would be the Q-Park feature for easier parking. The iQube costs Rs 1.3 lakhs (ex-showroom) and is powered by a hub-mounted motor that produces 5.9 bhp and has a range of 75 kms.