About Hyosung ST-E3 EVA
The Hyosung ST-E3 EVA is an eco-friendly scooter driven by a pure electric powertrain. It is quite different from the petrol-thirsty twin-cylinder motorcycles that Hyosung makes. The ST-E3 EVA is the Korean manufacturer’s first ever electric scooter and while it is already being sold in some global markets, we expect it to take a while longer for it to be launched here.
The ST-E3 EVA is already being sold in Hyosung’s other global markets. It is powered by a brushless DC in-wheel motor which produces 3.8bhp through a CVT gearbox with centrifugal automatic clutch. A Motor Control Unit (MCU) constantly checks overcharge and over-current and adjusts for different conditions. Hyosung claims that the lithium ion batteries take three hours to recharge through a standard household outlet and gives the scooter a range of 100kms.
The ST-E3 EVA has been given a healthy dose of retro styling. The rider sits quite low down with a raised handle bar. A Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) displays the battery status, scooter body condition and drive condition through a blue-backlit display on the handlebar.
While the concept of electric scooters isn’t new to India, the ones sold here by companies like YO Bykes and Hero Electric are severely underpowered. The electric scooters sold in India are very cheap compared to the petrol-powered counterparts, though a customer who needs more power doesn’t have much choice. While the ST-E3 EVA can touch 60kmph, the other electric scooters sold have a top speed of 20kmph.
With petrol prices constantly rising, the Hyosung ST-E3 EVA seems like a really good alternative to petrol-powered scooters for travelling within the city. The government might start offering a subsidy on electric scooters, but Hyosung will have to concentrate on localising the production for the ST-E3 EVA, to keep the prices competitive. It won’t be able to compete with other electric scooters, but if priced right, the ST-E3 EVAA is sure to give regular petrol-powered scooters a run for their money.