Indian Firm Launches Hi Bird E-Scooters

Models will be priced between Rs 27,000 and Rs 28,900 ($600-645US).

Published: 28-Mar-2011

Hi Bird, a leading manufacturer and exporter of bicycles from India has forayed into two wheeler market with launch of two models of eco friendly electronic scooters for the first time.

“New electric scooters in line with the go-green goal have been launched to complement efforts to reduce air polluting vehicle emission. The futuristic-looking scooters feature an electric motor mounted in the rear wheel, which is powered by lithium-ion batteries. The scooters have a top speed of 100kph and a maximum range of about 70 km after each charge of 5-6 hours” said R.D.Sharma, Chairman, Hi-Bird Group of Industries. “The scooter has an on-board charging system and can be charged using the household electric plug point. The vehicles are totally environment friendly noise free, smoke free, no petrol, no registration, no license and have a very low running cost. The carrying capacity of the vehicle is one adult and one child,’’ Sharma added.

He also mentioned that “Hi Bird has taken over the ambitious venture to launch Battery Operated e scooters at an affordable price to cater to the sizable Indian middle class. He added that there is huge demand for e-scooters in the country as it can be easily driven by youngsters, working women, professionals and senior citizens. The price range of two models is between Rs 27,000 and Rs 28,900. The recent government subsidies on electric bikes have encouraged us to launch electric two wheelers. In fact, the state governments of Delhi and Chandigarh offer 20 percent subsidy apart from the central government rebate of 15 percent on electric two wheelers. Hero Electric is the current leader in electric two-wheelers with more than 30 percent market share and sales of around 80,000 two wheelers per annum. The favorable market condition has led TVS to re-enter the segment by launching electric scooters next year.’’

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