The TVS iQube S uses a BLDC hub-mounted motor that produces 5.9bhp and 33Nm of peak torque. The electric motor sources power from a 3.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a true range of 105km in Eco mode, and 75km in Power mode. TVS also claims a top speed of 78kmph. So, how does it perform in the real world? Let's find out.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how silent the iQube is. And this is partly because of the hub-mounted motor, as there’s barely any audible electric whine from the scooter. Now, as mentioned earlier, the scooter gets two modes – Eco and Power. Even in the Eco mode, the iQube doesn’t feel slow or sluggish. There’s enough poke till about 40kmph, which is the max you’d ever need in stop-go city traffic. And it’s just about enough to make overtakes in traffic. However, the progress slows down past 40kmph, and you’d need to switch to Power mode if you are in the mood for enthusiastic riding.
That said, the iQube feels like a completely different animal in Power mode. Sure, it isn’t as charged up as say the Ather 450X or the Ola S1 Pro, in their respective Warp and Hyper modes, but the sense of power is quite evident. The scooter sprints to a speedo-indicated top speed of 84kmph in no time, and maintains the same level of performance even for a sustained period of time. Another positive is the seamless transition between riding modes. First and foremost, you don’t need to shut the throttle to switch between the modes, and two, there’s no delay in power delivery while switching the modes.
Another plus is the way the regenerative braking works. The moment you roll off the throttle, the regenerative braking swings into action, which starts slowing down the vehicle, and in-turn charges the battery pack. It does take quite some time to get used to, as the scooter doesn’t free-wheel once you roll off the throttle. However, once you get a hang of it, you’d seldom feel the need to use brakes during deceleration. Even when you are required to use the brakes, the braking power is potent enough to bring the scooter to a stop without much fuss. The brakes offer decent bite and progression, and there’s a good feel and feedback on the lever.
Coming to its handling, the scooter feels stable and maintains its composure well around long bends. The iQube is quite flickable while zipping through traffic, and it feels easier to change directions from one side to the other. Moreover, the scooter feels engaging and sure-footed to tip into corners, which is largely because of the good chassis balance that TVS has achieved. And, although the scooter maintains its line while taking fast corners, it doesn’t feel as composed as say the Ather 450X, which has a tauter suspension setup.