Hero-Owned Surge S32 Electric Scooters Design Patented

  • Mar 26, 2024
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The S32 is a one-of-a-kind electric scooter that can be converted into a three-wheeler in just 3 mins!

Surge S32 Design Patent 1

Hero MotoCorp has trademarked the design patents of the Surge S32 electric scooter. The Hero-owned startup’s e-scooter was showcased at Hero World 2024. The brand applied for the trademark on January 20, 2024 and it was journaled on March 22, 2024.  

Surge S32 Design Patent 2

The Surge S32 is a one-of-a-kind electric scooter and three wheeler hybrid. The e-scooter converts into a three wheeler in 3 minutes and vice-versa. The e-scooter simply slots into the three-wheeler’s body through the recess at its front-end and the scooter’s front wheel doubles up as the three-wheeler’s front wheel as well. During this process, the scooter’s rear wheel is lifted away from the ground and onto the three-wheeler’s platform. An electric connector is then plugged in, post which the three-wheeler’s powertrain and brakes can be controlled using the brake levers and throttle input on the scooter’s handlebar. 

Surge S32 Design Patent 4

The S32 electric scooter gets an apron-mounted headlight, a wide floorboard and a split-seat setup. It gets a leading link suspension setup at the front and dual shock absorbers at the rear. The leading link suspension will help the scooter in withstanding greater loads when used as a three wheeler. Braking duties are taken care of by a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear.  The electric scooter comes with a 3.87kWh capacity battery pack and a swingarm-mounted motor with a peak power output of 6kW and a claimed top speed of 60kmph. 

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The three wheeler, on the other hand, is offered as an auto rickshaw configuration called S32 PV and three cargo carrier configurations called LD, HD and FB. The PV gets a 9.67kWh battery pack and a 8kW motor and the LD, HD and FB get an 11.61kWh capacity battery pack and a motor with a peak power output of 10kW. 

While the scooter and three-wheeler hybrid system looks interesting, it is still quite some time away from being launched here. That is because engineering such a versatile setup is extremely complicated, and is resource-intensive as well. Moreover, the complexity of this setup results in greater fracture points, thereby greater risk of chassis failure, so extensive testing might be needed. Additionally, there’s also a vagueness in the kind of driving licenses that would be required to operate the S32. Currently, Hero has secured the design patents for the S32 and it’ll be interesting to see how its plans for the product unfold in the future.

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