Powering the iQube is a hub mounted electric motor that gets a peak power output of 4.4 kW which is roughly around 6bhp, but what is impressive is the maximum torque at 140Nm and that is the important figure. The scooter gets two riding modes to choose from, Eco and Power. Even in Eco mode it feels enough to take on the city traffic however the speed is limited to 50kmph.
Switch to power mode and it almost feels like another motor has been added. Acceleration gets a lot more brisk and the speedo numbers keep climbing till you hit 80kmph and that’s not bad at all considering this is a an electric scooter. What is also impressive apart from the acceleration is the refinement. Even between 65-70kmph there is absolutely no humming from the motor and all I could hear was the wind hitting my helmet. We know that EV vehicles are silent but TVS has taken this quietness to another level.
Now let’s get to the most important part, the range. So with the quick charger that TVS provides and installs with the scooter as of now, a full charge for the three Li-ion battery packs takes five hours. TVS claims that in actual conditions a full charge will last for 75km and if ridden with an even lighter throttle and taking advantage of the energy regeneration, it should even last for a 100km. Ridden in power mode only, the range drops to 55km. With a mix of both modes one can expect an effective range of 60-65km but that can only be verified once we put it to the test in actual conditions.
Riding the iQube around TVS’ test-track, which is a mix of two long straights and a long sweeping corner, the scooter impressed with its handling. The iQube gets a telescopic suspension up front and dual shock absorbers at the rear along with 12-inch wheels and this set-up on the track felt brilliant. Minor undulations were taken care of easily and even while cornering the bumps did not seem to upset the scooter.
Braking duties are taken care of by a 220mm disc up front and 130mm drums at the rear. Now the bite from the disc felt pretty strong, however even with linked braking, if one only used the rear brakes, the rear wheel tended to lock up, something that TVS will be looking into. Overall we think the iQube is a good handling scooter, but the ride quality we shall comment on only after putting it through some potholes and bad roads.