Nepal . The company has installed a production capacity of 1,000 units per month for the new iQube and expects to sell about 100 units in the first few days.has forayed in the electric vehicle segment and has launched its first-ever electric offering with the iQube electric scooter. The new TVS iQube Electric Scooter is priced at 1.15 lakh in India and will be first sold in its home market Bangalore before introducing the model in other south asian countries like
Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company, said, "TVS Motor is driven by Customer Centric Innovation. As world moves ahead, its mobility solutions would increasingly be total experience-led, nowhere is this felt sharper than among the youth. Our focus on the 'Green & Connected' youth, is embodied, in the first of the TVS Electric portfolio. TVS iQube Electric is a blend of an advanced electric drivetrain and the next gen TVS SmartXonnect platform."
The e-scooter was first showcased as a concept at the 2012 Auto Expo. The new TVS iQube comes with SmartXonnect connected tech, LED DRL with a LED headlamp and taillight. The scooter is powered by an electric motor that develops about 6 bhp and a peak torque output of 140 Nm. It has a top speed of 78 kmph. The scooter promises a range of 75 km on a single charge and can sprint from 0-40 kmph in 4.2 seconds. There is a 4.5 kWh lithium-ion batttery, which charges from nought to full in 5 hours. There is no fast-charging available at the moment for the TVS iQube. It makes use of a traditional hub motor and weighs 118 kg (kerb weight).
The TVS iQube Electric goes up squarely against the Bajaj Chetak and the Ather 450 along with the Okinawa Praise. TVS says that the battery management systems, software development and even the electric motor that powers the iQube, have been designed and developed in India. There is no information regarding when it will be launched in Nepal. We hope to see iQube electric scooter in Nepalese market soon.