With the overall automotive industry gradually shifting towards electrification, we will be seeing products which are more than just puny scooters for city commute and last mile connectivity. Manufacturers have already started introducing performance-oriented, feature-packed and stylish electric two-wheelers. With an aim to follow the suit, Hero Electric plans to launch its first electric motorcycle, the AE-47, by the end of 2020.
The homegrown electric two-wheeler maker had showcased the AE-47 at the 2020 Auto Expo in February. The motorcycle grabbed a lot of attention at the Expo owing to its compact yet aggressive stance. It sports a round LED headlamp accompanied by a body-coloured bezel and a tiny visor on top. The muscular fuel tank-like panel is joined by neatly designed plastic panels underneath, which also form a covering for the battery package. The upswept tail section holding a split seat setup lend it a sporty character.
Besides the design, the AE-47 is also premium in terms of cycle parts. It sports inverted telescopic forks and a monoshock along with disc brakes at both ends. Meanwhile, the design of the swingarm also exudes quality. Powering this motorcycle is a 4kW hub motor which is claimed to deliver a top speed of 85kmph and 0-60kmph is achieved in nine seconds. A removable 3.5kWh lithium-ion battery can deliver range of 160kms and 85kms in Power and Eco mode, respectively. The charging time is stated to be four hours.
The AE-47 is also high on features with a fancy fully-digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity along with full-LED lighting. It also incorporates a USB charger, walk and reverse assist, cruise control, geo-fencing, GPS and support for SIM card.
Looking at the premium package that the Hero Electric AE-47 is, it is expected to be priced between Rs 1.3-1.5 lakh. It will be a direct competitor of the Revolt RV400 electric motorcycle which is already on sale in select cities in India.