TVS is working on a new electric scooter that it will launch before the end of the current financial year. This new electric scooter will be based on the Creon electric scooter concept that the company showcased during the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. According to a media report, officials at TVS have confirmed at the Full Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call that the first electric two-wheeler from the company should arrive in the current financial year. Various car manufacturers are also prepping their EVs to be launched by next year and now it looks that the two-wheeler industry is not much behind in the development of practical electric scooters.
In fact, electric two-wheelers have been on sale in India since long (remember Yo-Bike). However, they were not very practical and are strictly for city commuting. Recently, two new players in the form of Okinawa and Ather have sprung on the scene with far better electric scooter options. Now TVS plans to enter the market too which currently has no heavyweight two-wheeler manufacturer company in it. TVS has invested heavily in electric technology and more details about its first EV would be given closer to the launch.
What is known for now is that this electric scooter being developed by TVS will be based on the Creon concept electric scooter. Talking about the Creon, it was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. It carried an attractive and sporty design which made it quite popular at the Expo. Apart from its sharp looks, the Creon was also filled to brim with features and technology which made it a smart scooter in true sense. It came with a smart connected technology that was jointly developed with Intel. Further, it was equipped with a colour TFT instrument cluster that supported navigation and geo-fencing apart from regulars like speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter and battery charge.
The model present at the Expo carried a red and white paint shade and looked rather cutting edge, to say the least. TVS made sure that the Creon didn’t lack in terms of hardware too and therefore equipped it with tubeless tyres, telescopic front forks, offset rear monoshock, LED lights all around, large under seat storage and a USB charger. Moreover, the Creon also came with several unique features like regenerative braking, park assist, cloud connectivity, three riding modes and anti-theft technology.
The battery pack powering the Creon constituted of three lithium-ion batteries. It could be charged up to 80 per cent in just one hour, which boosts its practicality. However, the scooter had a range of just 80 km on a single charge, which was a letdown. As for its performance figures, the Creon had a 12 kW electric motor that enabled it to do the 0-60 km/hr run in about 5.1 seconds. A lot of these features will be carried on the new electric scooter TVS is developing and it is expected that the range will get a boost too.