Indian automaker Hero MotoCorp has rolled out their new electric scooter under the sub-brand, Vida.
The automaker launched the V1 as the first electric scooter of the brand, as it looks to catch up with newer firms who have taken the lead in the country’s clean mobility push.
There will be two other variants on offer, V1 Pro and V1 Plus. The Vida V1 Pro is priced at ₹1.59 lakh (ex-showroom) whereas the Vida V1 Plus comes at a price of ₹1.45 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Hero Vida V1 would be first launched in New Delhi, Jaipur and Bangalore. Deliveries of this electric scooter will commence in the second week of December. Interestingly, the Vida V1 will compete against Ola S1 Pro, Ather 450X Gen3, Bajaj Chetak and TVS iQube.
The Vida V1 scooter from Hero is available in three ride modes- Eco, Ride and Sports. Additionally, it gets a custom mode for the rider’s convenience.
Talking about the engine capabilities, the V1 Pro claims an IDC range of 165 km and 0-40 kmph time of 3.2 seconds. The V1 Plus has an IDC-claimed range of 143km and can hit 0-40 kmph in 3.4 seconds. Both the scooters have a top speed of 80 kmph.
The Hero Vida V1 electric scooter comes equipped with a bunch of features which include a digital instrument cluster, a seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, cruise control, two-way throttle, keyless control and SoS alert.
Hero Vida V1 gets a removable battery which is tested for multiple tests like drop, crush, nail penetration and more. Vida V1’s BMS passes 570 tests and is a lifetime adaptive learning architecture that enhances battery longevity, claims Vida, a sub-brand of Hero MotoCorp. The Hero V1 also gets a Limp Home mode.
The company wanted to launch the product earlier, but “we had to get it right” company chairman Pawan Munjal told reporters at the launch event in the northern Indian city of Jaipur.