Electric mobility is the way of the future, and the next big thing in electric mobility, at least in India, will be a slew of new electric scooters. Even traditional two-wheeler manufacturers are also entering the electric two-wheeler market. The TVS iQube is the company’s first electric scooter, and it joins a growing list of prominent brands in the electric scooter category, including Bajaj Chetak. The iQube is believed to have been developed in-house at TVS Motor Company’s production site.
Some parts of the iQube were supplied from outsides, such as the battery’s lithium-ion cells, sourced from LG in Korea, and the DC motor, which was created and manufactured by Bosch. Apart from that, TVS developed its .iQube electric scooter in-house. The iQube is an electric alternative to traditional 110cc and even 125 cc scooters, and it represents a new trend in TVS Motor Company‘s history. But, first, let’s talk about how it looks; in my opinion, the design is good, but it can be improved from the tail light.
TVS iQube Electric Scooter Appearance
The TVS iQube is a beautiful scooter. But not over-the-top, overall style. The build quality is excellent, the scooter’s design is good, and the slightly unorthodox posture sets it apart from any other scooter on the road.
The iQube looks classy because of its full LED illumination, including an LED lamp, dual LED headlights, LED indicators, and LED taillight. There’s also a new 5-inch full-color TFT instrument console with a lengthy list of features, including smartphone connectivity via TVS Motor Company’s SmartXonnect system, which debuted in the NTorq 125.
TVS iQube Electric Scooter Features
When coupled with a smartphone, the Bluetooth-enabled, full-color instrument panel provides connection via a dedicated mobile app that includes a lengthy list of capabilities such as turn-by-turn satellite navigation, over-speed warning, even call and SMS notifications, and many more. Additionally, owners may watch live battery charging status, a regeneration indicator, and other capabilities while the scooter is being charged.
The LCDs an idle mode when the scooter starts up, and the user must press the brake and mode switch combined with engaging the motor; this is a safety measure to prevent the scooter from lurching forward during startup. It has two riding modes: Eco and Sport. Another safety feature is a side stand-down indication that prevents the scooter from operating. A park assist option is also available, with a forward peak speed of roughly 10-12 kmph and a reverse speed of around 3 kmph with a warning beep to help with parking and reverse parking in tight areas.
Time and Range of Battery Charging
The TVS iQube has three lithium-ion battery packs, one directly beneath the rider’s seat and one behind the seat, where a traditional ic engine scooter’s gasoline tank would be. The batteries may be charged at home using a charger and 10A power outlet that comes with the scooter. A rapid charger will be available in the near future, according to TVS. Over 75% of the battery can be charged in under four hours. The maximum range is 70 kilometers on a single charge; however, this varies depending on riding style and mode selection.
What’s the ride like?
The electric motor has a rated maximum output of 4.4 kW, which equates to around 6 bhp in horsepower terms, and is powered by a 2.25 kWh battery. The scooter is quiet, as one would expect from an electric engine, and the 140 Nm of torque drives it quickly. The company claims a peak speed of more than 78 kmph is easily attained, and the iQube would cruise at 40 to 60 kmph all day, although Sport mode is required for that type of performance. Will reduce range to 55 kilometers in Sport mode. Top speed is reduced to roughly 45 kmph in Eco mode, but the claimed capacity is increased to 75 km.
The iQube has regenerative braking, which means that when the throttle slows down, energy is transferred towards the battery to recharge it. It has telescopic front suspension and dual rear shocks. A front disc brake and a 130 mm rear drum brake manage braking duties, with a standard (CBS). Braking is fast for the most part, although the CBS is somewhat more rear-biased. Thus, when using only the rear brake lever, the rear wheel tends to lock up under harsh braking.
The iQube for a comprehensive assessment in real-world circumstances, but the way it handles it is instantly appealing! Show it some furious riding, and the iQube demonstrates the type of dynamism we’ve come to anticipate from TVS two-wheelers in recent years. It’s incredibly appealing and even enjoyable to fling about around a turn, and it provides steady and confident handling, even with a pillion, which is a pleasant surprise. Also, the pillion seat offers a comfy position.
- Best scooter
- Best riding quality
- Best design
- Good braking system
- Comfortable seating position for the driver as well as pillion