Last week, Hero Electric- the company that sells the largest number of electric bikes in India introduced Hero Flash at Rs.19,990 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi).
Here’s a quick overview:
• This all-electric scooter is powered by a 250W motor with a 48 Volt, 20Ah VRLA battery that helps the vehicle commute a maximum of 65kms in a single charge.
• The conventional looking scooter weighs as light as 87kgs.
• It comes with magnesium alloy wheels, telescopic suspension, under the seat storage space and a full body crash guard.
• It does not demand a riding license or registration, which makes it all the more attractive.
• The price tag of Rs.19,990 is inclusive of the government subsidy of Rs.14000 due to the collaboration of Hero Electric with SMEV and the Department of Science.
• The battery takes 6-8 hours for a full charge.
• The vehicle claims to deliver a top speed of 25kmph which clearly states that it is meant only for short travel.
• It will be available as a limited edition with only 2000 units for sale and online booking has begun.
Hero Electric plans to launch two high-end electric scooters with lithium ion batteries by next year. Being friendly to extreme age groups and an eco-friendly vehicle with no needed registration or license is enough to make the Hero Flash quite popular from teenagers to old people.
At the Auto Expo 2018, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Limited (HMSI) unveiled their fourth offering in the financial year 2017-18. At the start of the FY, the company had announced to introduce four vehicles by the end of FY 17-18. As promised, they have now introduced their latest model X-Blade at the event. Bookings for the same have begun officially at company dealerships, while deliveries will commence by the second week of March 2018.
Suzuki Motorcycles launched the 2018 version of their flagship motorcycle Hayabusa, much ahead of the Auto Expo this year. It will however be showcased at the event in the company pavilion. This much awaited bike comes to India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units and will be assembled at the company facility at Gurugram.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.