TVS Motor Company has introduced its second electric scooter, the TVS iQube, in Bengaluru for a price of INR 1.15 lakh (on-road Bengaluru). The vehicle can be booked through the company website and select dealerships with a deposit INR 5,000.
Aimed at the “Green and Connected” youth of India, the iQube comes with an “advanced electric drivetrain” and TVS’ SmartXonnect platform. It is powered by a 3 Li-Ion batteries and a 5.9 hp/140 Nm electric motor that give it a range of 75 km on a full charge (in Eco mode), a 0-40 kmph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 78 kmph. The scooter’s stopping power comes from front and rear disc brakes of 220 mm and 130 mm diameter.
Through the SmartXonnect system, TVS offers the iQube app which has features such as Geo-fencing, Remote Battery Charge Status, Navigation Assist, Last park location and Incoming call alerts/SMS alerts. TVS has also included convenience features like the Q-park assist (reverse mode), economy and power riding mode, Day and Night display on the TFT screen and Regenerative braking. LED headlamp & taillamp, illuminated under-seat storage for a full-face helmet and mobile phone charging are some of its other highlights.
The iQube is available in a white body colour, and the price of INR 1.15 lakh includes the home charging unit (and installation) and 1 year of SmartXonnect Advanced features. The electric scooter is available through 10 dealerships in Bengaluru with financing options available through TVS Credit. TVS has said that initially it will produce 1,000 units of the vehicle per month at its Hosur plant with the scooter’s technology, software, battery solutions and programming coming from India.
The main competitors of the TVS iQube are the Bajaj Chetak and the Ather 450 series.