An Electrifying Entry- New Product Launch

Hero Motocorp has at last entered the electric vehicle market with the launch of its first electric scooter on October 7. Hero joins the rivalry in the market for cleaner vehicles, which is controlled by Ather Energy and Ola Electric, with the recent debut of the Hero Vida 1. On October 7th, it introduced its first scooter under the Vida EV-only brand. The largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, Hero Metro Corp., has pledged to provide an EV ecosystem along with each Vida V1 unit.

The new product does, however, come with a high price tag, starting at Rs 1.45 lakhs and Rs 1.59 lakhs, making it the most expensive electric scooter in the nation, in order to be made available for the first purchase in a select number of cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, and Jaipur.

Two models of the Hero electric scooter—the Via V1 pro and Vida V1 Plus—will be available. Both models have a maximum output of 6 kilowatt and a top speed of 80 kmph. The Vida V1 pro offers acceleration from 0 to 40 kph in 3.2 seconds, while the Vida V1 Plus offers the same acceleration in 3.4 seconds. This is one small difference between the variants.

Additionally, the scooter comes with two removable battery packs in order to ensure that it isn’t difficult to carry the pack up to a high rise apartment. It also comes with a wide range of connectivity features, accessible on its seven inch TFT screen, cruise control with resume function, Intelligent Two way throttle to make reverse and parking easier. Prognostics, remote diagnostics, and locating charging slots are some of the features made possible by the “Vida Cloud”. It also makes use of OTA ( over the air) updates. For security, it comes with an SOS alert at fingerprints in case of emergency.

According to the manufacturer, Hero Vida V1 Pro can be charged from 0 to 100% in 2 hours and 17 minutes, while Vida V1 Plus model would take about 2 hours to fully charge. Additionally, it offers smart phone connectivity for navigation, control, configuration, sharing, and booking for charging. There is also a dual battery option available here.

Lohia Machinery Limited (LML) has re-entered the Indian two-wheeler market with the introduction of three unique electric two-wheelers. LML Orion, Moonshot, and Star are the three different electric two-wheelers. In the 20th century, LML was known for its scooters, and in the second half of 2023, it will introduce new goods.

Let’s take a closer look at its distinctive offerings right now. The LML Star receives a highly cutting-edge, futuristic body that bears some stylistic similarities to a maxi scooter. The display panel on its fascia, which may display a personalised text message, is the scooter’s most crucial feature. It has respectable hardware, including an aluminium swingarm and what appears to be a monoshock setup with a telescopic fork. It has discs at both ends for braking. This model, which has a price tag of roughly Rs 1 lakh, will compete with brands like Bajaj Chetak and TVS iqube Electric. LML Star can go at a top speed of 90 Kmph.

Moonshot is the second electric model. With a slim and tall fuel tank, it has a very performance-oriented, dirtbike-like appearance. Additionally, it receives a lengthy single-piece saddle, fenders with a high rise, and a naked frame. The bike features a premium USD fork and a monoshock suspension setup. For braking, it gets discs at both ends. The estimated top speed of the bike is 70 kmph. The price tag for this product is around Rs 1 lakh.

LML Orion is an electric bicycle. Its unique features set the product apart. It features an unusual design aesthetic that resembles a cross between a standard bicycle and a sports cycle. It includes a battery pack that may be pedalled to charge it while in motion. In addition, haptic feedback technologies and an integrated GPS system are included with the bicycle. Additionally, it features an IP67 designation for water and dust resistance. This product’s top speed is reportedly 25 Kmph. This product is anticipated to cost roughly Rs 40,000.

Than Hero Motocorp Vida V1 models, the new products of LML are considered to be more budget friendly to the customers. The design style of the products are more intriguing than the products launched by Hero Motocorp.  When it comes to other features in terms of security and protection  (GPS, navigation) , charging, speed and acceleration, the models of Hero Motocorp catch the attention of customers more than the LML as it has a wider range of such facilities than LML. Though both the companies use different technical devices (USB, GPS, SOS alert) in order to bring out unique features in their respective products. The speed of Vida V1 is quite greater than the speed  of LML Moonshot and LML Orion. LML Star surpasses the Vida V1 models in respect to speed. When it comes to charging , Vida V1 has given required details of charging for each model whereas one has to wait for the details regarding the charging when it comes to LML models.

Finally, both are unique in their respective features which catch the attention of customers. To sum it up, both brands bring to the table a refreshed renewed energy offering with their neo-digital mobility solution. While we expect both brands to create equal amount of waves in the 2 Wheeler EV segment, we wait for the end users to decide for themselves as to which cake has a better and fatter icing on it.

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