Hero Motocorp is secretly working on a new electric bike called the Hero e.US, as per a new report from moneycontrol.com. The new Hero electric bike has inputs coming mainly from the company’s German R&D centre, Hero Tech Center Germany GmbH that was set up in January 2019.
The word ‘e.US’ in the Hero e.US’ name is short for ‘Electric Ultra Sport’. The name indicates a performance electric bike, and so does the fact that the Munich R&D centre is working along with the Jaipur facility on the product. The report says that the Hero e.US is a “high-powered concept motorcycle”.
Addressing shareholders at Hero MotoCorp’s 67th Annual General Meeting last month, Dr. Pawan Munjal, the Chairman of the company, said that Hero Tech Center Germany (Stephanskirchen, Germany) and Hero Global Centre of Innovation and Technology (Jaipur, India) are working together on electric products. The German R&D centre, located at about 60 km south of Munich, is assisting the Indian unit with affordable electrified drivetrains as well. Dr. Munjal confirmed earlier this year that Hero Motocorp would bring electric scooter and electric motorcycle models to the market.
According to a pact in the Munjal family, Naveen Munjal’s company Hero Electric cannot sell petrol two-wheelers and Dr. Pawan Munjal’s Hero MotoCorp cannot sell an electric two-wheeler as a ‘Hero’ product.
There’s no word on the unveiling of the Hero e.US concept. A company source has told the business publication that the EV plan is progressing well and that the company will select the brand name of the electric bike closer to the launch.
Earlier this year, Hero MotoCorp confirmed that its first electric vehicle, an electric scooter based on the Hero Maestro, will reach showrooms next year. Meanwhile, Hero Electric is working on bringing an electric bike to its showrooms – the Hero AE-47. The company introduced it at Auto Expo 2020 and will likely launch it in 2021. Hero Electric said that the name of the electric bike would change at the time of market launch, but the product would look the same.
The Hero AE-47 mounts a 4 kW motor that allows it to accelerate from 0-60 km/h in 9 seconds and go further to attain a top speed of 85 km/h. It has a 3.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery that takes 4 hours for full charging and provides a range of 85 km in Power mode and 160 km in Eco mode. Stopping power comes from 290 mm front and 215 mm rear disc brakes. Cruise control, digital instrument cluster, keyless access, reverse and mobile charger are some of the key features of the first Hero electric bike.
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