In 2018, TVS Motor Company had confirmed that it was developing an electric scooter series and in January this year, the TVS iQube, the first of the new generation TVS electric vehicles was born. You could blame COVID-19 and the disruption to the supply chain for its slow start, hardly a few hundred units of the electric scooter have been produced, with availability restricted to the Bengaluru market.
The electric scooter, which costs more to make than it sells for, appears not to be a focus point for the company today which is now the No.2 in India for petrol scooters with models like the Jupiter, NTorq, Scooty and Pep+ keeping the company on its toes with demand for personal mobility set to go up in the post-pandemic setting.
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Even before TVS Motor begins thinking of ramp-up plans for the iQube, expanding the retail presence, and figuring out a way to localize electrical components, web media is speculating on TVS’s next offering in the EV segment as the production TVS Creon. Note that the company has offered no confirmation on its product roadmap, but the Creon could complement the iQube as a performance model that is squarely aimed at the Ather 450X and the incoming battery-powered KTM scooter/Husqvarna scooter.
Though the TVS Creon concept is almost 3 years old, it still looks relevant. If it transitions to the production, expect a sharp front-end with a stepped apron, disc brakes, telescopic suspension, a roomy floorboard, and a contemporary body design that has the rider seated in a sporty posture. Where the iQube is powered by a hub-mounted motor and a conventional tail section like that of the Jupiter, we expect a frame-mounted unit and a step up in all other respects.
TVS Creon – Range, Battery & Features
TVS Motor has not confirmed anything about a performance electric scooter, but the TVS Creon concept brought to the Auto Expo 2018 leaves hints. It featured a “next-generation 12 kW electric motor” which offered a 0-60 kmph acceleration in 5.1 seconds with a range of 80 km to the charge. Unlike the Chetak, the Creon offers fast-charging, taking the charge to 80% in 1 hour.
Powering the TVS Creon concept were three high-density Li-Ion batteries. The interesting feature on the scooter is the connected technologies developed in collaboration with Intel. A TFT screen would provide battery charge level, health status, speedometer, tachometer, trip meter and odometer. Like the Ather 450X, the Creon could get custom ride modes, regenerative braking, park assist (similar to the Chetak’s reverse mode), anti-theft, GPS & navigation and Geo-fencing.
The concept scooter is based on an Aluminum lightweight perimeter frame designed in the interest of offering the required chassis stiffness for good handling, diamond-cut alloy wheels with wide section tires and single-channel ABS. Like the concept, expect the production vehicle to have space for a full-face helmet under the seat and a USB charger.
At the Auto Expo 2018, TVS Motor said it was collaborating with American technology firm Intel to launch both electric and hybrid scooter series that would be champions in green energy and smart-connectivity.