For almost four months, the TVS iQube was my primary commuter. I enjoyed every bit of the experience, especially my city runs, which eased up many daily activities. Be with me while going to the gym or groceries shopping; the iQube became a friend of mine. It reached a point where my vehicles were ignored to make space for the iQube experience. But there was one thing that spoiled a significant experience for me, and if you have read my previous report, you would know.
The summers in Mumbai can get extremely hot and irritating. This was also the time when I switched to my most comfortable mesh jacket because it had the most ventilation. Summer also makes me ditch my two-wheeler for some days and get into my Honda Jazz. But this summer, I wanted an adventure, and I used the iQube most of the time. The heating issue on the iQube persisted.
The scooter had visited the service centre, but the problem kept creeping back, only this time, the malfunction light lit up a few minutes earlier as the temperature had risen due to the weather. Every commute had this issue, and that is when I realised the iQube could be better off for short rides - something like a 20-25km sprint. Such short rides don't over-exert the motor, and that keeps the temperature sensor in check. The interesting fact here is the majority of the e-scooters in the country have an average run of 20-23kms per day. This data must have also been considered while engineering the iQube.
I always believed the TVS iQube is the best e-scooter in the market and to what extent it is. The scooter looks fantastic; it has features that make sense and are easy to use. It gets a shockingly silent electric motor - something that makes this EV extremely aspirational. The riding range, too, is sufficient for everyday use. Plus, the smartphone application allows you to track ride data that will likely improve your riding habits.
Now, should you buy the TVS iQube? You definitely should if your commutes are short. Will I buy it? Well, I like to ride a lot. Be it ICE or EV, and with the iQube, I didn't have a great long-distance experience. But if I had a requirement for a city EV, I would immediately visit the TVS showroom and buy one.
Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi