TVS Electric Scooter iQube spotted in Kerala

With about a 100 units sold since the launch in January and availability restricted to Bengaluru, sighting a TVS iQube on the street does not come everyday. Recently, youtube.com channel Aashaanz Vlog put up a video showing the new TVS electric scooter in Kerala. This is possibly the only unit of the TVS electric scooter in Kerala, either privately shipped or a dealer demo unit.

Video Source: youtube.com/Aashaanz Vlog

The TVS iQube is the second production TVS electric scooter after the TVS Scooty Teenz Electric from 2008. EVs have improved remarkably since the first model arrived, and the iQube is a modern product. The price of the new TVS electric scooter is INR 1.15 lakh (on-road Bengaluru) and it is a fact that TVS is not making money on its electric scooter and the launch is a part of its experience curve in the EV segment. The booking can be made 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 new TVS electric 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.

TVS iQube electric scooter
The running cost of the new TVS electric scooter over a period of 5 years (at an average usage of 30 km/day) is just INR 9,000 compared to INR 69,000 for a petrol scooter.

The iQube is available in white body colour, and the on-price of INR 1.15 lakh includes the home charging unit (and installation) and 1 year of SmartXonnect Advanced features. The new TVS 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 450X.