Electrotherm (India) Ltd, a pioneer in battery-powered two-wheelers in the country,
has introduced a new model called YoSpeed, India''s first vehicle in the 750-watt
category approved by the Automotive Regulatory Authority of India (ARAI).
actor Gulshan Grover launched the two-wheeler. He also features in the TV commercial
for the product, which has been filmed by Sanjay Gadhvi, director of Bollywood
two-wheeler runs on a 33AH battery, and has a 750 watts motor, which allows it
to carry two persons. It can run for 500 km at the comparative cost of one litre
of petrol (Rs50), according to Shailesh Bhandari, managing director, Electrotherm.
YoSpeed is available
for Rs35,466 (ex-showroom Ahmedabad), and has a maximum speed of 45 kmph for a
single rider. It will be marketed across the country through the company''s 200
exclusive showrooms. The bike will compete with the regular petrol-run two-wheelers
in the 75cc - 100cc segment. Owners will need to obtain a licence and registration
from the RTO.
to the company, the bike has an indigenisation level of 85 per cent. Its battery
weighs 41kgs, and is chargeable in six to eight hours with a power consumption
of 1.6 units. On a single charge, it can carry one person for a distance of 80km,
and two persons for 65km.
Elec-Trans, a division of Electrotherm, had launched battery powered two-wheelers
last year, under the brand name "Yobykes". These are manufactured at
its Kutch plant, which has an installed capacity of 2.88 lakh vehicles per annum.
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