With vehicular pollution becoming a growing concern and its debilitating effect on climate change, the switch to electric seems like an eventuality. Consequently, the past decade has seen an explosion in the electric two-wheeler market.
The startups that have mushroomed in the electric vehicle segment are keeping an eye on the future when India looks to move away from fossil-fuel guzzling vehicles.
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There are four elements fundamental to that transition towards electric—charging infrastructure, pricing, manufacturing of indigenous parts and battery range, and multiple startups engaged in the EV segment have indicated that the last one causes a lot of anxiety among consumers.
Referred to as ‘range anxiety’ in EV parlance, it describes the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination and would thus strand the vehicle’s occupants. However, in the past five years, several EV startups have produced a range of two-wheelers that address this anxiety.
Here is a list of two-wheelers produced by startups in India that have a battery range of 100 km or more:
1) Revolt RV400
The AI-enabled Revolt RV400 manufactured by Gurugram-based Revolt Intellicorp Pvt Ltd is in many ways comparable to a conventional 125cc petrol motorcycle in terms of on-road performance.
Powered by a 3.24 KWh lithium-ion battery that generates 72V of power, the RV400 comes with a maximum range of 150 km on a single charge giving it a top speed of 85 km/hr. It comes with a CBS braking system, an adjustable monoshock, a portable charger and a removable battery pack so that you can recharge the batteries at home or office.
It is being offered on a subscription model, with prices starting at Rs 3,499 per month.
Developed by Hyderabad-based startup, PURE EV, EPLUTO is a premium electric scooter model with a portable battery!
“With these portable batteries, we offer consumers adapter-based lithium battery chargers. They can pull out the battery and put it on for charging in any 16 amp socket, whether at home or office. On a single charge, the true on-road range for the scooter is more than 100 km, irrespective of the speed, loading conditions or sloping gradients. The scooter can hit 0-40 kmph in 7 seconds, which addresses a major complaint of electric two-wheelers—the lack of pick-up speed, particularly if they have to climb a slope with a gradient of 15-20 degrees,” says Dr Nishanth Dongari, one of the founders of PURE EV, to TBI.
Hitting a top speed of 60 kmph, it carries a massive 2 kWh battery. With a market price of Rs 74,999, EPLUTO is cheaper than your average Vespa scooter. Interestingly, Pure EV is also designing and manufacturing its own high-performance lithium batteries.
Tork Motors ranks among the earliest players entering the EV segment in India nearly a decade ago. The T6X is an electric performance motorcycle backed by a host of features including integrated GPS, cloud connectivity, in-built navigation capabilities.
Offering a range of 100 km on a single charge, the T6X can acquire speeds of upto 100 kmph with barely any vibrations. One of the two standout features of the EV is that first, it can charge up to 80 per cent in an hour, and has a torque of 27 Nm, allowing riders to get off the blocks in traffic quickly. It is priced at an estimated Rs 1.25 lakh.
4) Avera Retrosa
Earlier this year, Avera Electric Vehicles, an Andhra Pradesh-based EV startup, launched its Retrosa e-scooter. Priced at Rs 1.08 lakh and currently sold only in the state, it runs on a lithium iron phosphate battery which offers a range of 120-140 km on a single charge.
Using a conventional power socket, you can fully charge it within 3-4 hours, but if you use Avera’s home charging station that time is reduced to 1-2 hours. It is powered by a 3000W BLDC (Brushless DC) motor giving it a top speed of 90 kmph.
5) Emflux One
Last year, Emflux, a Bengaluru-based startup, launched its electric superbike the Emflux One. With a top speed of 170 kmph, this high-performance electric bike can accelerate 0-100kmph in under 3.5 seconds.
What takes the cake, however, is a battery range of 200km. It is powered by a liquid-cooled AC induction motor that delivers 67 bhp and 84 Nm of torque. Also, it takes less than 36 minutes to charge the battery up to 80% capacity.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)