The electric mobility sector is picking up the pace in India with the government giving it a push with their policies. The automobile manufacturers have also responded by boosting their local manufacturing and retailing of electric vehicles. With these changes, the government is eyeing to restrict petrol and diesel vehicles from the roads by 2030. [हिंदी में पढ़ें]
Electric vehicles offer several advantages over conventional petrol bikes. The e-bikes are known for their high efficiency, zero emissions, and low-maintenance cost. Keeping these advantages in mind, several major two-wheelers players jumped in with their own electric bikes or scooter.
Buying an electric bike can be tricky. There are several factors that you should keep in mind before finalizing a bike. Before we reveal the best electric bikes in India, we would like you to first know these important factors to make a better-informed decision while buying an electric two-wheeler.
- Range and Speed: The foremost thing about an electric scooter is the maximum range it offers in one complete charging. Also, the pickup speed and maximum speed of the electric bike are necessary to figure out.
- Battery and Charging System: It is the battery capacity of the electric vehicle that determines the performance and affects the buying decision. The charging time and fast charge support are other things that play an important role.
- Technology: Modern electric scooters come integrated with software and hardware with their design for a better control system.
- License Agreement: Electric two-wheeler segment is divided into two classes where the license is either required or not. Buyers should figure out their requirements and then shortlist the available options suitable for them.
- Price, Subsidies, and Tax Benefits: At last, price is always a key factor to consider when you go shopping. Buying an electric bike or scooter also follows the same ritual as there are many options in the market at different prices. To give a healthy kickstart to EV adoption, governments are offering subsidies and incentives to make electric vehicles more affordable.
Eight best electric bikes and scooters in India
1. Ather 450/ 450X
Ather energy has emerged as one of the best E-vehicle brands in recent years. the brand recently upgraded its flagship electric scooter with the introduction of the third generation scooter named Ather Energy 450x Gen 3. The scooter comes with a powerful electric motor that can generate up to 8.7 bhp of power along with an ARAI-certified riding range of 146km. In addition, Ather has offered a scooter body with a better build based on an all-aluminium frame.
Apart from that, the Ather Energy scooter also gets a brand new profile for tyres along with a tyre pressure monitoring system accessory. The dashboard of the scooter has been topped with high RAM for super-fast operation and enhanced experience. It can be dubbed one of the best electric scooters in India. As of now, the electric scooter is available in the Indian market at a price of Rs 1,37,612. The pricing of the same can be varying in different cities in India.
2. Hero Electric Eddy
If you are someone who is into funky designs then you are going to love the Hero Electric Eddy. This electric scooter is perfect for city commutes and is free from any registration formalities. Even the children from the house can use it for the same without any issues. It has a top speed of around 25 kilometres per hour and can cover a maximum range of around 85Km on a single charge.
The Hero Electric Eddy comes with cruise control that makes the riding experience more comfortable for the customers. The scooter also has some of the most premium features including Bluetooth tracking and locking, a digital instrument cluster, follow-me headlamps that can also be controlled from your smartphone and more. It also features a dedicated reverse mode and a USB port for charging smartphones. The scooter is available in the Indian market at a price of Rs 72,000.
3. Okinawa Okhi 90
The Okinawa Okhi 90 is the latest offering from the brand for the Indian market. This only by the brands is one of the only few scooters that ships with fast charging support. The scooter can get up to 80% charged in just an hour. At a speed of 90 kilometres per hour, the scooter can cover a distance of around 140Km before getting discharged. In addition to that, it has the largest wheels in its segment with 16-inch tyres.
The scooter comes with 40-litre boot space which makes it one of the most well-equipped scooters in the Indian market. In the current times, the electric scooter can be purchased from the Indian market for a price of Rs 1,21,866.
4. Ampere Magnus EX
The Ampere Magnus EX is a decent electric scooter with a detachable battery. The best part which gives Ampere Magnus EX the upper hand over other alternatives is that the brand is setting up a battery swapping network to serve the riders. This is something which is completely new in the electric vehicle segment.
The electric scooter offers amazing acceleration and can reach the speed of 40 kilometres per hour in just 10 seconds. The vehicle also has an ARAI-rates riding range of around 121Km. As for the space, the scooter has enough legroom for the customer to let them ride with full comfort, even if they ride it for long hours. The Ampere Magnus EX is available in the market at a price of Rs 77,249.
5. Kinetic Green Zing HS
The Kinetic Green Zing HS is the company’s approach to the electric vehicle segment. The vehicle has a riding range of 120Km once charged completely. The battery of the electric scooter gets charged from zero to 100% in a time period of three hours. It can be said to be one of the best vehicles for commuting within the city. The premium features offered in the electric scooter are keyless entry, anti-theft alarms, detachable battery, etc.
You can also switch the modes depending on the driving style you prefer. On top of that, you can also use the cruise control offered in the vehicle for driving on the city roads comfortably. Not only this but the electric scooter also has a USB port for providing the charging feature for smartphones. You can purchase this electric scooter in the Indian market for a price of Rs 76,277.
6. Simple One
Simple One electric scooter sports a slim and compact design with an edgy head and clean-cut design. It packs a 4.5kW electric motor that produces a torque of 72Nm. The accelerates from 0-40kmph in 2.95 seconds and achieves a top speed of 105kmph. The claimed range of the e-bike is 236km. It includes a battery of capacity 4.8kWh. It has a large touchscreen display for driver’s info, navigation, call support, and other smart features.
Simple One is available for pre-booking at Rs 1,947 and is priced at Rs. 1.09 lakh onwards. It is available in four colour variants – Brazen Black, Namma Red, Azure Blue, and Grace White.
7. Ola S1 and S1 Pro
Ola, India’s largest ride-sharing platform, has launched its own electric scooters with the names Ola S1 and S1 Pro. Both the models feature a similar design score with some upgrades to the Pro version. The standard Ola S1 can take up to 121km in a single charge while the S1 Pro model has a maximum range of 181 km. The top speed of S1 is 90kmph and S1 Pro is 115kmph. It has a 7-inch touchscreen display and works on keyless technology.
The company has priced Rs 99,999 for the Ola S1 model and Rs 1,29,999 for the top Ola S1 Pro. Customers can enjoy incentives levied by the respective state governments.
8. Revolt RV400
The Revolt RV400 is the only electric bike that has been made into the list. The bike packs a 3.24KWh lithium battery setup that takes 3 hours to charge up to 75% and around 4.5 hours to fully charge. The bike offers three ranges of 150km, 100km, and 80km called eco mode, normal mode, and sports mode. The top speed of the RV400 electric bike is 85kmph. The maximum carrying capacity is 150kg. It is required to have a driving license to drive Revolt RV 400.
The ex-showroom price of Revolt RV400 in Delhi is 90,799.
9. Bajaj Chetak
Bajaj has revamped its old and legendary scooter model in India as an electric scooter. The new Bajaj Chetak comes with a seamless design and steel body build. It sports a 4kW electric motor that produces an electric torque of 16Nm. The top speed is 78kmph and the range is 95km. There is a 3KWh battery setup with an IP67 rating and 5 hours of charging time. The company claims to deliver a 70,000km ride in 7 years.
Bajaj Chetak offers two models called Premium and Urbane. In Delhi, the official ex-showroom price of Chetak Premium is Rs 1,47,775 and it is available in four different colours.
10. TVS iQube Electric 2022
TVS recently introduced the new 2022 TVS iQube electric in India. The e-scooter is equipped with crystal-clear LED headlamps, big storage space, and a USB port inside the boot space with light. It is powered by a 4.4kW motor to give a top speed of 78kmph with a range of 75km. The scooter accelerates from 0 to 40kmph in 4.2 seconds. It takes 5 hours to charge an 80% battery level. The ex-showroom price of iQube Electric base variant in Delhi is Rs 98,654.
11. Hero Electric Photon Hx
Hero Photon HX comes with a modest set of features that includes a 26Ah battery and 1.8kW motor for performance. The top speed of the electric scooter is 45kmph and it offers a maximum range of 108km per charge. The battery of the Photon HX gets completely charged in 5 hours. It is required to register the scooter to drive it on Indian roads. It comes in two colour shades black and gold.
The ex-showroom price of the Hero Electric Photon HX is Rs 74,240 including the FAME 2 subsidy in Delhi/NCR. However, there is an additional subsidy applicable as per state government directives.
12. Bounce Infinity E1
Bounce Infinity E1 has been launched with a 2kWh battery setup, a Brushless DC (BLDC) motor, and tubeless tyres. The Bengaluru-based startup claims to offer a range of 85km at a top speed of 65kmph. For smart features, it offers a connection with a smartphone for tracking, anti-theft alerts, tow alerts, and offers a drag mode in case of scooter comes to a halt.
The Infinity E1 is the first of its kind electric scooter that also allows customers to buy the bike with the ‘battery as a service’ option. The new swappable option lets buyers rent a battery that will cost as low as Rs 35 per swap. It is priced at Rs 68,999 while the ‘battery as a service’ option will technically cost Rs 36,000. The scooter will retail from March.
13. Pure EV Epluto 7G
Pure EV, a Hyderabad-based startup, has two electric scooters in its portfolio namely Epluto and Epluto 7G. The standard Epluto features entry-level features while the Epluto 7G offers an upgraded set of features. The top speed of the standard model is 25kmph while the 7G version can achieve up to 60kmph. The former variant includes a 1.8kWh portable battery setup with a claimed range of 85km. On the other hand, Epluto 7G offers a mileage of 90km to 120km and houses a 2.5kWh battery. The 7G model comes with a wide LCD screen and offers a multi-speed mode.
The company has priced the standard e-scooter at Rs 74,999 while the Epluto 7G costs Rs 86,999. It offers a total of six colour variants – Ruby Red, Shadow Black, Electron Blue, Active Grey, Pearly White, and Stripling Yellow.
14. Ampere V48
Ampere V48comes with an affordable trag offering a set fo modest features. It is driven by a 250W BLDC electric motor. It draws the power from 24Ah battery source and offers a claimed range of 60km which makes it suitable for low-distance commute. It can achieve a maximum speed of 25kmph. It offers a load capacity of 100kg. It retails at Rs 39,999.