Hero Electric has trimmed its current portfolio of electric scooters, giving some breathing space to the new ones. The old Maxi and Waxe DX scooters have been discontinued from the Indian market.
Nevertheless, good news is that the manufacturer has already introduced newer models in India with prices starting at Rs 19,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Hero Electric Flash becomes the most affordable scooter and is targeted at first-time electric vehicle users. All of these electric scooters will address commuting concerns for small distances for buyers.
Most of these new Hero Electric two-wheelers are powered by a 250 watt electric motor coupled with a 48-volt 20 AH VRLA battery. The latter comes equipped with complete short-circuit protection. These scooters weigh in the range of 69-87kg, much lighter than most conventional petrol scooters currently on sale in India. They have a claimed range of 65km on a single charge, which should be good for running errands. The automatic transmission adds to the ease of commuting.
The most unique thing that gives these electric scooters an edge over conventional scooters is that these electric scooters do not need a driving license or vehicle registration to be ridden on public roads. So these two-wheelers cater to a wider audience right from teenagers to retired individuals.
Hero Electric is opening new charging stations to improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in India. It is also in talks with various agencies and state governments to get them installed in different regions across the country. Let's hope the sales of electric scooters pick up in our country with the government offering various benefits on purchase of these environment-friendly vehicles.