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EV vs Petrol Scooter: TVS iQube Electric vs Honda Activa 6G


We delve into the details to see if the feature-rich e-scooter can take on India’s highest selling scooter, on paper

The recently updated TVS iQube Electric is now more feature-rich and easier to live with. But for someone looking to buy a scooter, are the updates enough to make them consider the EV or do ICE still have the upper hand? To find that out, we pit TVS’ only e-scooter with India’s best-selling scooter, the Honda Activa 6G.

 Motor

Specifications TVS iQube Honda Activa 6G
Motor/Engine Hub motor 109.51cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine
Power 4.4kW 7.79PS @ 8000rpm
Torque 140Nm (Peak) 8.84Nm @ 5500rpm
Battery/Fuel Tank Capacity 3.04kWh 5.3 litres
Range 100km (claimed real-world range) -

While the range of the iQube Electric may be concerning or even disappointing for a few, considering the current charging infrastructure, these products go neck-to-neck when it comes to performance. But thanks to the instant torque offered by an electric motor, the iQube is likely to be quicker off the line and better at overtaking than the Activa, at least on paper.

Underpinnings

Specifications TVS iQube Honda Activa 6G
Frame Tubular Underbone
Front suspension Telescopic Telescopic
Rear suspension Adjustable twin shocks 3-step adjustable monoshock
Front brake 220mm disc 130mm drum
Rear brake 130mm drum 130mm drum
Front tyre 90/90 -12 90/90 -12
Rear tyre 90/90 - 12 90/100 - 10

Here, the TVS iQube Electric clearly takes the cake. Its 220mm disc brake should be more effective than the drum unit on the Activa. Honda doesn’t offer a disc brake, even as an option. Furthermore, with 12-inch wheels at both ends, the iQube’s stability and ride quality would be better than the Honda’s scooter, at least theoretically.

Features

  TVS iQube Honda Activa 6G
Instrument Console 7-inch TFT Analogue
Connectivity Yes No
Navigation Yes No
USB Charger yes No
Ride Modes Yes No

While the Activa’s lower torque is slightly compensated for by the 14kg weight difference. Another thing that favours the Honda is the shorter wheelbase, which should make it more nimble and easier to maneuver through the traffic. While the ground clearance of both the scooters is decent, the Activa’s extra 5mm clearance is advantageous over larger bumps.

Price And Verdict

TVS iQube Honda Activa 6G
Rs 1,07,099 (on-road Delhi incl. FAME II and state subsidies) Rs 71,432 (ex-showroom Delhi)

The TVS iQube Electric is more expensive than the Honda Activa by a fair margin. And while the lower running cost and the exhaustive list of features definitely make the iQube Electric an alluring proposition, the range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure are major concerns. And that’s exactly the Activa 6G’s strong suit. There’s no range anxiety, plus along with Honda’s reliability, you get a vast service network too, unlike the iQube, which is limited to less than 50 cities.

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