You probably knew that motorcycles are one of the favorite means of transportation in India. Not only these two-wheelers are very popular in India but also in many Asian countries, primarily because of the many benefits they bring to bikers. For example, in India, there are multi-million cities that are very densely populated as well as buildings all around.
This means that traffic jams happen literally every day, and instead of getting from one point to another in a few minutes, the ride can take more than an hour. Also, using a car would be impossible if a large number of people were driving only these vehicles. So, the main reasons are increased pollution and even greater and more unbearable traffic jams.
On the other hand, the motorcycle offers easy maneuverability, regardless of whether you travel for short or long distances. Due to their small size, bikes can pass between cars so you can reach your final destination in a short period of time. It also affects fuel efficiency and saves you money.
So, for all these reasons mentioned, bikes are very popular in India. However, what if you could make your daily ride even more efficient and environmentally friendly? This is possible if you decide to replace your traditional-fueled motorcycle with a newer and more modern electric-powered version.
Also, these electric scooters are lighter than classic bikes so they are very suitable for urban use. If you like our idea, check out the following list of best electric scooters in India in 2019.
1. Okinawa Praise Pro
One of the scooters we will present today is the Okinawa Praise Pro, which was revealed during 2019. This bike is in the mid-range with a price tag of around Rs 71,990. As for the power unit, the Praise Pro is equipped with an excellent BLDC (Brushless Direct Current) waterproof motor with a power of 1 kW.
The maximum power output this engine can produce is 2.5 kW. It is powered by a 2-kWh battery that also has fast charging technology. With a single charge, you can reach a range of about 80 km. As we said, the Praise Pro is equipped with fast charging technology and reaching up to 100% is possible in just 3 hours.
Another thing we like is a few different modes of operation – Eco, Turbo or Sports. As you can see, Eco mode is designed for more efficient consumption and sets the speed limit to a maximum of 35 km/h. As for Turbo and Sport modes, top speeds are 60 km/h for the former and 70 km/h for the latter. Also, we must emphasize that the manufacturer gives a three-year warranty or a maximum distance of 20,000 km.
2. Honda PCX
Honda is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of motorcycles and scooters, and in 2019 they brought to the Indian market an excellent two-wheeler called PCX. In fact, Honda introduced this scooter at the Auto Expo 2018.
There is also a petrol version of the Honda PCX and the design difference is really not so big. The most noticeable changes were made on the front LED headlights as well as on the full-digital control panel. It is interesting that Honda installed its own electric motor in this bike, and the batteries that power this unit are located under the seats and are completely detachable. This means you can refill the unit anywhere and continue driving.
The Japanese manufacturer called this package ‘Honda Mobile Power Pack’ and according to official information, the main goal is to increase the efficiency of the motorcycle as well as the range. Besides, we have to add at the end that the price for this electric scooter is between Rs 1 and 1.5 lakh depending on the version you choose.
3. Ampere Zeal
The Zeal is an electric scooter that stands out with its elegant design, but perhaps more importantly, the price. The product of Ampere (Greaves Cotton Subsidiary) is available for Rs 69,962. However, while the price is not so low, the FAME-II subsidy is particularly interesting which includes Rs 18,000 which is actually a reduction to the original price of Rs 87,862.
Now that you know that, we can conclude this is a pretty good deal, right? As for the technical specifications, inside the Ampere Zeal is a 1200W BLDC motor. It is powered by a Li-ion 60V battery that can provide autonomy for up to 75 km per charge.
When the battery is low, it will take about 5.5 hours to fully recharge. Another important point of interest is that the Ampere Zeal reaches 55 km/h in about 14 seconds.
4. Okinawa iPraise+
Another electric scooter introduced by Okinawa this year is their iPraise+. This machine is slightly more advanced compared to the previous one mentioned on our list and has better performance. For example, this one has a Li-ion battery that is more durable and with a single charge can give you a really large driving range, as much as 160 to 180 km.
In addition, the Okinawa iPraise+ features fast charging technology, so for just 2 to 3 hours of recharging, you’ll be able to enjoy the ride again. As for the power unit, the Okinawa iPraise+ has a 2500 Watts electric motor. Also, we mustn’t forget the great accessories and technologies.
There are SOS Notifications, trip information, Battery Health Tracker, GPS, Geo-Fencing, vehicle status and of course the aforementioned fast charging technology. In terms of price, this model is more expensive and you can find it for Rs. 1.14 up to Rs. 1.17 lakh depending on which version you choose.
5. Ather 450
Although we have already mentioned some domestic manufacturers, Ather Energy based in Bangalore is one of the leading brands in the production of electric motorcycles in India. Their Ather 450 electric scooter is really impressive in many segments.
For example, a lithium-ion battery built inside is capable of producing 5.4kW of output power as well as 20.5 Nm of torque. In addition, this power unit can provide you with a 75 km ride before recharging is necessary. Even in this situation, the Ather 450 is ready to drive fairly quickly because fast charging technology is implemented.
It is important to note that the manufacturer gives a 50,000 Km battery warranty, which is a pretty good offer. In terms of accessories, the 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity certainly stand out. In addition, a push navigation system and a very interesting and useful parking assistant are installed.
However, the price can be a problem as the Ather 450 is one of the most expensive electric scooters on our list. The current price is around Rs. 1.28 lakh.
6. Avan Motors Xero Plus
If you’re low on budget, a better option is to buy an electric scooter like the Xero Plus by Avan Motors. This machine is available in two versions and depending on which you choose, you will need to set aside from Rs. 46,900 to Rs. 66,900. Apart from the price, the two versions also differ in other key features.
For example, the cheaper version has a smaller range of 60 km, while the more expensive variant can offer you almost twice as much – 110 km. In addition, batteries that are installed aren’t the same. However, there are some similarities such as recharging time and top speed.
Thanks to the fast charging technology, the battery will be fully charged in 2-4 hours. Also, both versions have a top speed of 45 km/h. Accessories on the Xero Plus include utility boxes and safety stand.
7. Hero Electric Scooters
In the end, we have selected several electric scooters from Hero Electric’s new line up. The models released this year include Hero Optima ER, Flash LA, Hero Nyx ER, and we chose Optima ER and Nyx ER primarily for better performance.
Interestingly, both models have lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged to full level in just 4 hours thanks to fast charging technology (claimed by the manufacturer). Also, the price is pretty similar to Hero Optima costs Rs 68,721, while for Hero Nyx you have to spend Rs 69,754.
However, Hero Optima has a slight advantage when it comes to the maximum range (110 km) over Hero Nyx (100 km). Also, the difference is in the color options, the former comes as Matte Gray or Matte Red and the latter comes in silver or black.