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Is TVS working on a new electric scooter?

21 March 2023, 04:03 PM Pratik Bhanushali
Is TVS working on a new electric scooter?

- TVS’ new powertrain design patented

- Gets mid-mounted setup 

- Could be used in existing scooter designs 

TVS is likely working on a new powertrain setup for its future electric scooter models. Its patent designs have been leaked, revealing the visuals as well as mechanical details of the new format. 

So far, TVS has used a hub-mounted motor for its e-scooter line, which only has one model in it, the iQube Electric. And all three variants of the iQube use the same setup. Now, the Hosur-based two-wheeler maker plans to bring EVs with an output between 5kW to 25kW, but its current setup is unlikely to fit the bill. So, a mid-mounted electric motor assisted with a swingarm integrated gear setup comes into play. 

TVS  Front View

TVS’ recent patents show that the entire assembly could be packed in a single casing. It’s linked to the chassis at the front, followed by the other end near the rear axle. Contrary to the current hub-mounted setup, where the motor and wheel spin at the same speed, the new layout comprises a cog at the front. It fetches input from the motor and translates it to the rear wheel using a probable belt drive. 

We’ve also learned that the new patent design could be used on some of TVS’ existing models. The rear wheel can be removed, and the electric motor setup replaces the internal combustion engine. The leaked design shows that the scooter around which TVS has emulated the mid-motor is a Wego, but the application model would likely be different. 

If TVS plans to launch an EV with a power output of more than 5kW, then it’ll likely be a flagship product. However, the brand’s current most premium electric scooter is the TVS iQube ST, which was announced last year but is yet to go on sale. 

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