Hero unveils two-wheeler-three-wheeler convertible concept
30 Jan 2024
Hero MotoCorp has unveiled the prototype of an electric three wheeler, called Surge S32, which can be converted into an electric two-wheeler scooter in a few minutes. The concept, displayed at the recent Hero World 2024 expo, is being touted as a global first for convertible vehicles.
Conceptualised and built indigenously, the battery-operated rickshaw-cum-scooter convertible electric vehicle, Surge S32, has the flexibility of an electric rickshaw as well as that of an electric scooter.
The Surge S32 also claims to have secured 40 patents for the development of the technology that helps seamless transition from an e-Rcikshaw to an e-Scooter in minutes.
The product, with its flexibility of being used as a three wheeler as well as a two wheeler, will be of great use for self-employed people, according to the company.
Surge S32 is designed to operate as a rickshaw for commercial needs, and as a high-performance scooter that can cope with city traffic.
Surge S32 can be converted to an electric scooter by pressing a button. The front windshield lifts vertically, allowing the release of the scooter within. The cabin then transforms itself deploying a spring-loaded double-swing mechanism.
Users can convert S32 into the scooter and e-Rickshaw interchangeably in just three minutes, according to the company.
Hero Surge, is a Delhi-based start-up that develops electric vehicles (EVs)
The convertible EV’s cabin has features such as windscreen, lighting, optional weather-protective soft doors, LED headlights, indicators, speedometer, switchgear, digital instrumentation, etc.
The S32 comes with a 13.4 bhp power output, against the 4 kWh for a two-wheeler, providing battery capacities of 1 kWh and 3.5 kWh, and top speeds of 50 kmph and 60 kmph, respectively.
The rickshaw has a maximum load carrying capacity of 500 kg, making it ideal for commercial use for small enterprises.