Hero electric motorcycle concept showcased

Hero MotoCorp is developing an electric motorcycle for city commute powered by a conventional 48V lead acid battery that will debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. Get latest auto industry news on ZigWheels.com



Hero electric motorcycle



According to reports Hero MotoCorp is working on developing an electric motorcycle for the Indian two-wheeler market. The electric motorcycle is currently in its prototype stage and is most likely to make its public debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. The Hero electric motorcycle will be powered by an electric motor that is powered by a 48V lead acid battery and will have a power output of 2kW or 2.7PS. The bike is estimated to have a top speed of 60kmph and it will be mostly restricted for city runabouts. The Hero electric motorcycle is expected to offer a range of 50km on a full charge. Since the Hero electric motorcycle employs conventional lead acid battery instead of the lithium ion battery as seen on modern EV’s the kerb weight of the bike will be high.



Hero electric motorcycle concept rear shot




But by employing lead acid battery, Hero will able to price the electric motorcycle aggressively as cost of lithium ion batteries are significantly higher. The Hero electric motorcycle was kept on display at the green pavilion of the ongoing International Engineering & Technology Fair (IETF) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The electric motorcycle features smaller Kenda tyres, twin headlamp, LED turn indicators, digital speedometer and carrier at the back. Braking is done by disc brakes at both the ends while suspension duties are handled by USD forks and monoshock setup at the back. According to sources the final product will lose much of the features shown on the concept bike to price the electric motorcycle aggressively. Hero has a separate brand for its electric vehicles christened Hero Electric which currently sells seven electric scooters in India. It also plans to launch the Leap electric scooter in 2015 which will be its most advanced EV offering. The most recent addition to the Hero Electric family is the Photon. ZigWheels has already ridden it, read our review here


Source: autocarpro.in