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Ampere Primus

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Ampere Primus Price

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Primus Standard
₹ 1,45,887
Avg. Ex-Showroom
107 Km, 77 Kmph
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Primus Key Highlights

Riding Range107 Km
Top Speed77 Kmph
Kerb Weight130 kg
Battery Charging Time5 Hrs
Rated Power3400 W
USB Charging PortYes

Ampere Primus Summary

Price: Ampere Primus price for its variant - Primus Standard is estimated at Rs. 1,45,887. The mentioned Primus price is the average ex-showroom.

Ampere Primus is an electric scooter available in only 1 variant and 4 colours. Ampere Primus generates 3400 W power from its motor. With both front and rear drum brakes, Ampere Primus comes up with combined braking system of both wheels.

The Ampere Primus is a conventional electric scooter that is available in four colours – orange, black, blue, and white.

On the design front, the Ampere Primus gets family-friendly/conservative bodywork. The LED headlight, wide floorboard, long single-piece seat, and overall proportions seem similar to a conventional petrol scooter.

Ampere has equipped the Primus with a 3kWh LFP battery mated to a 3.4kW motor. The claimed top speed is 77kmph, and the maximum claimed range for the Primus is 107km in Power mode. For reference, the Primus has three riding modes: Eco, City, and Power. A full charge for the Primus’ battery can take around five hours.

It features an LCD console with smartphone connectivity and various readouts like the odometer, speedometer, low battery indicator, charging level, and clock. Ampere has equipped the e-scooter with an LED headlight and halogen tail light. It even gets a USB charging port for added convenience.

The Primus electric scooter rides on telescopic front forks and dual rear shocks, while the braking hardware comprises drum brakes at both ends with CBS. It features 12-inch alloys wrapped in tubeless tyres.

Ampere offers three years or 30,000km warranty on the motor, battery, and vehicle.

Ampere Primus Review

  • Good Things

    • Gets a practical design
    • Comes loaded with features
    • Claims to offer a 107km range
  • Could be Better

    • Gets drum brakes at both ends
    • Takes five hours for a full charge
    • Offers only 77kmph top speed

Ampere Primus Expert Opinion

The Primus promises to be more refined while also focusing on performance and being more premium than its sibling. We rode the Ampere Primus for a short stint to find out if these claims are true.

Introduction

Ampere Primus Left Side View

Ampere- the sub-brand of Greaves Electric Mobility- is fourth on the chart of highest-selling EV two-wheeler brands. It has offerings in the B2B segment and a decent family scooter that also contributes to a major chunk of sales. Now, to build on the family e-scooter line-up the brand has the Primus. 

It promises to be more refined while also focusing on performance and being more premium than its sibling. To find out if these claims are true, we rode the Ampere Primus for a short stint. While we were at it, we looked to figure out whether it makes for an alternative to the standard TVS iQube that is priced only a couple thousand rupees more.

The Visuals

Ampere Primus Right Side View

While Ampere Primus does look like the lovechild of the TVS Wego and long-lost Honda Activa-i if you look hard enough, it is handsome nonetheless and would appeal to a variety of buyers. It gets flowing lines on the side panels and a shapely front end with a design said to be inspired by the Artic Tern bird. Ampere has also designed it in a way that the Primus looks bigger than it is with the large grabrail and panel extension that covers the scooter’s underpinnings. 

Ampere Primus Front View

But above all, the Primus looks premium. Its matte-finished colour options with piano black accents highlight that aspect. Quality has also been paid attention to and is top-notch in most areas. While the headlamp and high-beam buttons on the switchgear feel tacky, these are the only bits we found lacking. The rest of the scooter is well-fitted and has a good finish, to say the least. 

Ampere Primus Left Side Multifunction Switchgear

The Package

Ampere Primus Left Side View

Let’s get the numbers out of the way first. The Ampere Primus is kitted with a 3kWh Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) battery that is much safer than the NMC battery packs e-scooters usually use. And this is because LFP batteries generate lesser heat and also need lesser maintenance. It is mated to a 3.8kWh mid-mounted motor with belt drive that can propel the Primus to a top speed of 77kmph.

Ampere Primus Left Side View

However, we did see 83kmph on the screen during our ride. But that speed depends on which of the three modes is selected. In Eco, the Primus can do up to 45kmph and up to 65kmph in City. Power is where it can hit its top speed and the transition between the three modes is smooth.

The important bit though, is the range it has to offer. Similar to a lot of its rivals, the Ampere Primus offers a claimed 107km in a single full charge that can be done in 5hrs. The brand is also offering a fast charger as an optional extra that cuts the time down to 2.5 hours. 

Ampere Primus Instrument Cluster

Well, when it comes to features, there is not much to brag about. It does get the essentials like LED lighting for the headlamp and tail lamp. It also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. However, the screen isn’t the best unit on the market. While it does the job and displays all information clearly, the digital unit looks cheap and is small in size too. 

Ampere Primus Underseat Storage

Practicality on the Primus is a plus point though. With a cubby hole in the front apron that can easily store a phone and wallet, the electric scooter also gets a 22-litre under seat storage compartment. 

The Ride

Ampere Primus Right Side View

Hopping onto the Primus feels natural. And keeping both feet on the ground is easy thanks to its low seat height. It wouldn’t matter even if you are 5’5. That said, with your feet on the floorboard, the Ampere Primus is equally welcoming. There is ample space to keep a large bag between your feet and still have some room to move. 

Ampere Primus Bike Seat

The seat too is wide and long making it accommodating for larger riders as well. And because of the seat’s large dimensions, a fairly large pillion can be seated in comfort. Well, since we are on the topic of comfort, the Primus ticked all the right boxes there; even when it comes to ride quality. Now the reason I emphasize its ride quality is that it is one of the comfiest electric scooters I have ridden. 

Up until now, the TVS iQube had pliant suspension. But the Primus goes a level higher. Equipped with telescopic forks at the front and a pair of shocks at the rear, the setup absorbs everything thrown at it without complaint. We even rode it two-up on an unpaved, broken road and it still felt equally comfortable. 

Ampere Primus Rear View

It is also when the 3.8kWh PMS motor that is focused on performance revealed what it is capable of. It jollied all through the broken section with enthusiasm. Although what impressed me, even more, was when we had to climb a significantly elevated section of the off-road path and the Primus didn’t even break a sweat. Mind you, this was with a pillion on board and the scooter in its City mode. Switching it to Power wherein the scooter offers the most power would have translated to an even smoother climb. 

Ampere Primus Left Side View

Regardless, the motor is smooth with almost no vibrations throughout. What did seem to hinder the otherwise silent experience was the noise of the belt drive that increased as the ride came to an end. Now, the Primus not only boasts of a potent motor but also intuitive handling. At 130kg, It is around 15kg heavier than the TVS iQube, but it feels extremely agile and light on the move. The belt drive makes it slightly difficult to move around but that is when the Reverse mode comes in handy. Now, when it comes to brakes, the Ampere Primus has a decent set. The feel and feedback from the setup are adequate however we would have to use it extensively to tell you if the bite is consistent. 

Should you buy it?

Ampere Primus Right Side View

Right from the get-go the Ampere Primus is a welcoming and likeable scooter. It is styled well with quality and components that are well put together. With a decent top speed and a claimed range that is on par with scooters like the Ola S1, TVS iQube and Ather 450X, the Primus is impressive. It makes a strong case for itself with its pliant suspension setup and commendable ride quality.

But on the other hand, its features, or lack thereof, is its negative point. Especially considering the standard TVS iQube costs just Rs 2,000 over the Primus that is priced at Rs 1.09 lakh, ex-showroom. When compared, the former’s quality and fitment are undeniably better while offering usable features that feel premium too. 

Ampere Primus Right Side View

But then, if you can look past this downside, the Ampere Primus sure is a practical electric scooter that you can buy. And in case you are concerned about purchase and service, the brand also has a sizable number of outlets across the country and is offering a three year or 30,000km warranty to customers for more peace of mind. 

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

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Ampere Primus Colours

Ampere Primus is available in the following colours in India.

Primus Specifications & Features

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      Specifications

      • Power & Performance

        • Max Power
          4000 W
        • Rated Power
          3400 W
        • Max Torque
          -
        • Riding Range
          107 Km
        • Top Speed
          77 Kmph
        • Riding Modes
          Eco, City and Power
        • Battery Charging Time
          5 Hrs
        • Fast Charging Time
          Optional
        • Transmission
          Automatic
        • Motor Type
          PMS Motor
        • Battery Capacity
          3 kWh
        • Battery Type
          Lithium Ion
        • No. Of Batteries
          1
        • Portable Battery
          Yes
        • Swappable Battery
          No
        • Charger Type
          Portable Charger
        • Charger Output
          51.2V, 15A
        • Carrying Capacity
          150 kg
        • Gradeability
          8 Degree
        • Emission Standard
          Not Applicable
        • Fuel Type
          Electric
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      • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

        • Front Suspension
          Telescopic
        • Rear Suspension
          Dual Shocker
        • Braking System
          CBS
        • Front Brake Type
          Drum
        • Front Brake Size
          -
        • Caliper - Front
          Not Applicable
        • Rear Brake Type
          Drum
        • Rear Brake Size
          -
        • Caliper - Rear
          Not Applicable
        • Wheel Type
          Alloy
        • Front Wheel Size
          12 inch
        • Rear Wheel Size
          12 inch
        • Front Tyre Size
          -
        • Rear Tyre Size
          -
        • Tyre Type
          Tubeless
        • Radial Tyres
          No
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      • Dimensions & Chassis

        • Kerb Weight
          130 kg
        • Seat Height
          -
        • Ground Clearance
          150 mm
        • Overall Length
          1912 mm
        • Overall Width
          705 mm
        • Overall Height
          1133 mm
        • Wheelbase
          1400 mm
        • Chassis Type
          Underbone
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      • Manufacturer Warranty

        • Battery Warranty
          3 Year
        • Motor Warranty
          3 Year

      Features

        • Touch Screen Display
          No
        • Instrument Console
          Digital
        • Odometer
          Digital
        • Regenerative Breaking
          No
        • Central Locking System
          No
        • Artificial Sound
          No
        • Hill Assist
          No
        • Anti Theft System
          No
        • Speedometer
          Digital
        • Hazard Warning Indicator
          Yes
        • Average Speed Indicator
          No
        • OTA Updates
          Not Available
        • Call/SMS Alerts
          No
        • Geo Fencing
          No
        • Distance to Empty Indicator
          Yes
        • Tachometer
          No
        • Stand Alarm
          Yes
        • No. of Tripmeters
          1
        • Tripmeter Type
          Digital
        • Low Battery Indicator
          Yes
        • Clock
          Yes
        • Front Storage Box
          Yes
        • Under Seat Storage
          22 ltr
        • Mobile App Connectivity
          Yes
        • DRLs (Daytime Running Lights)
          Yes
        • Shift Light
          No
        • Headlight Type
          LED
        • Brake/Tail Light
          Halogen Bulb
        • Turn Signal
          Halogen Bulb
        • Pass Light
          Yes
        • GPS & Navigation
          Yes
        • USB Charging Port
          Yes
        • Riding Modes Switch
          Yes
        • Parking Assist
          No
        • Reverse Mode
          Yes
        • Start/Stop Button
          Yes
        • Cruise Control
          Not Available
        • Hazard Warning Switch
          No
        • Start Type
          Electric Start
        • Killswitch
          Yes
        • Stepped Seat
          No
        • Pillion Backrest
          No
        • Pillion Grabrail
          Yes
        • Pillion Seat
          Yes
        • Pillion Footrest
          Yes
        • Front Suspension Preload Adjuster
          No
        • Rear Suspension Preload Adjuster
          No
        • Additional Features
          -
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      Running Cost Calculator

      We help you calculate fuel expenses which you will incur by using Ampere Primus. To check your monthly fuel expenses you just have to enter distance in kms you travel in a day and fuel price in your area. As per current inputs, average running cost for Ampere Primus is ₹ 0.28 per km.

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      Why electric?

      • Running CostYou do not have to pay anything for petrol
      • StylingThey look cool, trendy and are a bit quirky too
      • PerformanceThey have instant Torque Delivery, helps in saving time in moving traffic
      • MaintenanceThey do not have a lot of moving parts, no engine oil or filters
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      Ampere Primus User Reviews

      4.3/5

      (16 Ratings) 4 Reviews

      4

      Visual Appeal


      4

      Comfort


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Value for Money


      4

      Reliability

      Very nice

      49 weeks ago


      Sanju

      Very practical vehicle for Indian roads, very useful for hilly areas, smooth riding powerful rough and rugged, looks great.

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      < 3 months

      Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

      Was this review helpful?

      7


      7


      Ampere primus is a rough and tough vehicle with mid motor and lfp battery

      1 year ago


      Sree

      Pros:
      1. In my city first of all ampere servicing is good.
      2. And coming to the vehicle, it looks like a normal petrol scooter looks hero's pleasure.
      3. Herb weight is almost 130 kg, and their road grip is good.
      4. It is an lfp battery, so safest battery.
      5. And it comes mid a motor belt drive, compare to bldc motor its performance and lifetime are good
      Cons:
      1. It's just advanced of Magnus
      2. Compare to other vehicles like ola , ather, tvs etc features are fewer.
      3. Compare to ola and tvs seat height is less.
      4. It looks like mass looks like normal petrol vehicles.
      Buying experience:
      In my city just given spot delivery and servicing experience everything good
      Riding experience:
      Riding experience is good due to herb weight and road grip and also its combi brake system

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      4

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      4

      Comfort


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      < 3 months

      Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

      Was this review helpful?

      22


      15


      Less weight and great speed

      1 year ago


      Minakshi

      Amazing bike for daily use. I use this bike to go to my college and the market. Excellent drive with great control and good speed too in medium weight. Love this bike.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      4

      Reliability


      4

      Comfort


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      < 3 months

      Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

      Was this review helpful?

      11


      4

      Good e-scooters

      1 year ago


      Jignesh Patel

      E-bikes/scooters are the future of mobility. They are eco-friendly, mobile, and revolutionary.
      You do not have to pay anything for petrol.
      They look cool, trendy, and are a bit quirky too.
      They have instant torque delivery, which helps in saving time in moving traffic.
      They do not have a lot of moving parts, no engine oil or filters.
      All over good.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      4

      Visual Appeal


      4

      Comfort


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      Never owned

      Was this review helpful?

      11


      17

      Ampere Primus FAQs

      Q: What is the on-road price of Ampere Primus in 2024?
      The 2024 on-road price of Ampere Primus in Delhi is Rs. 1,54,828. This Ampere Primus price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.

      Q: Which is better Ampere Primus or Joy e-bike Mihos?
      Ampere Primus is priced at Rs. 1,45,887, has a top speed of 77 Kmph, range of 107 Km and takes 5 Hrs hours to charge, whereas, the price of Joy e-bike Mihos is Rs. 1,48,981 with a top speed of 70 Kmph, giving a range of 130 Km and a charging time of 5 Hrs.

      Q: What are the colour options of Ampere Primus?
      Ampere Primus is available in 4 colours which are Royal Orange, Havelock Blue, Himalayan White and Buck Black.

      Q: What are the key specifications of Ampere Primus?
      Ampere Primus is an electric bike that comes with a 3400 W motor which gives a range of 107 Km, and a top speed that goes uptil 77 Kmph. It has a charging time of 5 Hrs.

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