Electric two wheelers in India are limited to the slow and lightweight scooters, which have a max speed of not more than 80 kmph. Considering the need for two wheelers in India, there is a huge potential for more powerful and long range electric motorcycles and scooters.
Now, Terra Motors, the electric vehicle manufacturer from the land of rising sun-Japan, is all set to make its entry into the Indian market at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014. The company is planning to launch (and not just showcase) electric scooters, and electric three-wheelers at the expo.
Teppei Seki, country manager, Terra Motors India,said, “we will soon make an official announcement over our presence in India and will launch our electric scooters, and three-wheelers at the Auto Expo.”
The company currently has roots in other Asian markets such as Vietnam and Philippines, and sells products like the A4000i. The A4000i, which was launched last year, in Tokyo, is termed as the world’s first mass production model to be connected to a smartphone (iPhone series currently). This feature enables the rider to store details such as electricity consumption, battery life, riding data and others on a cloud database.
The A4000i uses a rear in-wheel motor, which is powered by Terra Motors’ own lithium ion battery pack (48V/40AH). According to the company data, this battery pack lasts for 50,000 km (lifetime range). Terra Motors aims at selling this model primarily in the South-Asian markets, and according to a company release, has a sales target to sell nearly 1 lakh units by end-2015.
Terra Motors may display the A4000i with other similar electric scooters at the Auto Expo 2014. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the Terra Motors from the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Source : ACI