Electric mobility is the next big thing in India as well as in the rest of the world. Various central governments across the world are supporting electric vehicles in one way or the other. The Indian government too, has a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), which aims to have six to seven million electric vehicles on road by 2020, but this looks far from possible as the project is yet to kick-off.
Hero MotoCorp is going to mark its entry into the European markets with the production version of the Leap hybrid scooter, by the end of next year. This was revealed by Mr. Pawan Munjal, the Vice Chairman, CEO and Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp, at the 2014 EICMA Motor Show in Milan, Italy.
Hero MotoCorp is planning to launch the Leap hybrid scooter in February 2015. This will make the Leap the first hybrid scooter to be manufactured in India. But India won’t get the scooter anytime soon. The Gurgaon-based manufacturer will first export the scooter to the international market and then will be sold in India.
Hero’s popular motorcycle, the Xtreme was also present at the company’s grand unveiling today, albeit in a changed avatar. The changes in the new bike are mostly cosmetic. The Xtreme now sports a street fighter look and comes with new body graphics.
Hero has unveiled its diesel-engined motorcycle for the Indian market. The bike which looks to be targeted mainly at the rural markets gets a rather innovative flat design and many utilitarian accessories. Its other highlight is an electric motor connected to the front wheel which makes the bike a first-in-segment two-wheel-drive vehicle.
Hero MotoCorp has unveiled five new products for the Indian market including a first-in-segment 150cc diesel motorcycle. The Gurgaon-based automaker, at a function in Delhi, has revealed the Dash Scooter, RnT diesel motorcycle, Leap SES, CBZ Xtreme Sportz and the HX250R fully-faired sports bike.