TVS iQube Electric Scooter Launched In India Last Month Expert Reviewed
On the move, the scooter will leave you quite impressed, especially when it comes to acceleration. The hub-mounted motor is made by Bosch and has a peak power output of 4.4kW. This is a fair amount higher than that of the Chetak’s 4.08kW.
TVS iQube Electric Highlights
The TVS iQube Electric scooter has been launched in India at Rs 1.15 lakh (on-road Bengaluru). The price includes the cost of the standard home charging system along with its installation cost. Bookings have commenced at a token amount of Rs 5,000 in Bengaluru and deliveries will start from January 27, 2020 onwards. The scooter will initially be sold in Bengaluru and more cities will be added phase-wise. At this pricing, the TVS iQube Electric scooter competes against the Ather 450 (Rs 1.13 lakh, on-road Bengaluru) and the Premium variant of the Bajaj Chetak (Rs 1.15 lakh ex-showroom Bengaluru), which are the only two properly modern, connected electric scooters in the country.
The TVS iQube Electric scooter employs a 4.4kW electric hub motor which produces 140Nm of torque at the wheel. The motor is linked to a 2.25kWh lithium-ion battery located under the floorboard. It offers a claimed range of 75km and it takes 5 hours to charge completely using a 5A charging socket. TVS has not offered fast-charging capbility for this electric scooter. The company claims the scooter can reach a top speed of 78kmph and 0-40kmph sprint takes 4.2 seconds. The scooter comes with two riding modes: Eco and Sport. For better range, the top speed is restricted to 40kmph in Eco mode.
TVS will also provide the charging infrastructure for the scooter. The TVS iQube electric scooter features an all-LED lighting system and a TFT instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity. Using this, one can access features like navigation assist, geo-fencing, range indication, charge status, ride statistics, and overspeed alert. For better practicality, the company also offers a USB charging port and a boot light as standard.
The TVS iQube Electric scooter rides on telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers. Brakes include a front disc and a rear drum. It rolls on 12-inch alloy wheels on both ends and weighs 118kg kerb. TVS offers a 3-year/ 50,000km warranty as standard.
What features does it get?
As has become the standard with electric vehicles, the iQube gets LED powered lights all around. These appeared to be quite bright in the daytime, but we’ll have to put the headlight to the test when we get the scooter for a road test. Speaking of lights, the iQube also gets one under the seat, but it only lights up with the key in the ignition. This means you need to remove the key from the seat lock at the side of the scooter and put it back into the ignition to light up the boot. Like many other scooters these days, you also get a USB charging slot under the seat. While TVS is claiming that the underseat storage space fits a full-face helmet, my international-spec didn’t, but this is the case with almost all scooters.
Moving on to one of the biggest highlights of this scooter – the TFT instrumentation. It gets Bluetooth connectivity and the screen graphics are legible, even under direct sunlight. The dedicated iQube app, along with the Bluetooth function, shows incoming call alerts, SMS notification and turn-by-turn navigation on the screen. The app also features Geo fencing, trip data recording, battery charge status, range and a lot more. What can also be seen via this screen is the scooter’s park assist function, which will let you creep it forward or in reverse.
It certainly feels more premium than the LCD display on the Bajaj Chetak and on par with the one on the Ather. However, the screen takes quite a long time to start and we hope a future OTA update fixes this issue.
Every iQube also comes with a home charger that’s included in the price. It takes about 5 hours to charge the battery and there’s no fast-charging option. Also, this home charger is RFID-activated, which ensures that nobody misuses it when it's unattended. The charger, battery packs, and the battery management system have been built completely in house, except for the cells in the battery packs that have been sourced from LG in Korea.
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