Rising fuel costs in the country has given a massive push to the electric mobility segment and thanks to this push EV manufacturers are rapidly expanding their portfolios. The country’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer Hero Electric is also taking the advantage of this push and has now introduced its newest short-range e-scooter – the Hero Eddy. The newest offering from the EV producer is a light and zippy electric two-wheeler that is designed to commute to nearby places. According to the company, the upcoming Hero Eddy will be priced at Rs. 72,000 (Ex-showroom) and will not require any registration or license.
During the unveiling of the new Hero Eddy Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Electric, said, “We at Hero are thrilled to announce our upcoming product Hero Eddy that will have an overwhelming on-road presence combining smart features and stylish looks. The scooter is designed keeping in mind individual’s conscious efforts to contribute towards carbon-free future combined with a hassle-free ride experience. We are confident that Hero Eddy will make for a perfect alternate mobility choice offering comfort and necessity.”
The lightweight e2W from Hero Electric comes equipped with features like Find My Bike, E-Lock, large boot space, follow me headlamps, digital instrument cluster, and a reverse mode. The futuristic-looking e-scooter will be available in two colours – Yellow and Light Blue and as mentioned earlier would not require any license or registration. The company is launching this EV to strengthen its portfolio in the low-speed electric scooter segment and aims to fulfil the need for short-distance commutes to next-door coffee shops, golf courses and gymnasiums etc.
Hero Eddy will be powered by a 250W BLDC motor and will feature a 51.2V Lithium-ion battery. The company claims that on a single full charge Eddy will provide a range of 85km and it will take around 4-5 hours to get fully charged. The top speed of the new e-scooter will be 25 kmph and without the battery, it will weigh in at 60 kgs. It will also come equipped with telescopic suspension and tubeless tyres wrapped around 12-inch alloy wheels.
In other news, Hero Electric has also announced an agreement with the American India Foundation (AIF) to provide service professionals and roadside repair micro-entrepreneurs in India with a variety of high-impact skilling, training, employment, and self-employment initiatives. The organisations will begin this intervention through a pilot initiative in Haryana’s Rewari district for 50 people who have lost their jobs as part of the agreement.
The project will also provide training for Doorstep Garage Repair Service to 100 PWD applicants, as well as meet the employment needs of service staff at Hero Electric dealerships around the country. For the skilling and placement of these applicants, AIF would work with seven ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes). This partnership intends to empower and develop competitive talent in the Indian automobile industry that meets international standards. In keeping with the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat narrative, Hero Electric and AIF want to build a stronger relationship with stakeholders and promote self-reliance and employment development.