Hero MotoCorp launches first e-scooter, price starts at INR 1.45 lakh – ET Auto

It comes with a removable battery that can be integrated at home to enable safe and convenient charging up to 11kW.

Jaipur: VIDA V1 – Powered by Hero – the new age, fully- integrated electric vehicle (EV) made its debut on Friday in Jaipur. The two variants of VIDA VI –V1 Pro and V1 Plus – are priced at INR 145,000 and INR INR 159,000 respectively (ex-showroom Delhi). The VIDA V1 Pro offers a range of 165 km and VIDA V1 PLUS 143 km.

VIDA V1 is available for retail sales initially in Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur, and then in other cities. It can be booked online on company website and at VIDA Experience Centers in Delhi, Jaipur and Bengaluru from October 10, 2022 at INR. 2499, the company said in a media release.

Designed and developed at Hero’s state-of-the-art R&D hubs, the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur and the Hero Tech Centre Germany (TCG) near Munich, VIDA V1 is being manufactured at Hero MotoCorp’s Garden Factory at Chittoor, in Andhra Pradesh.

“The launch of VIDA V1, powered by Hero, heralds a new chapter in sustainable mobility. VIDA meaning ‘life’ is a promise of a better world. VIDA V1 will play a crucial role by reducing tail-pipe emissions. We have taken the responsibility to contribute towards building a sustainable future, so that the generations that come after us inherit a better planet than the one that we live in. With our tagline ‘Make Way’, VIDA V1 is paving the path to a greener and cleaner planet,” Pawan Munjal, Chairman and CEO, Hero MotoCorp, said.

VIDA V1 Plus is available in three colours – Matte White, Matte Sports Red and Gloss Black. VIDA V1 Pro comes in four colours, including these three and Matte Abrax Orange.

“The development and production of the VIDA V1 follows a comprehensive approach to sustainability involving compliance with environmental and social standards in the extraction of raw materials, and the use of electricity from renewable sources and a high proportion of recycled materials in the mix,” the release added.

Charging infrastructure: VIDA V1 offers a comprehensive charging package for maximum flexibility based on numerous customized programmes for hassle-free charging at home, on the road and at work. It comes with a removable battery that can be integrated at home to enable safe and convenient charging up to 11kW.

“Hero MotoCorp aims to build one of the best charging networks in the two-wheeler segment open to owners of electric two-wheelers of all brands for fast and convenient charging,” the release said.

Battery technology: VIDA V1 features a high-voltage Li-Ion based battery with Nickel Manganese Cobalt chemistry having a net energy content of 3.94 kWh in VIDA V1 Pro. VIDA V1 Plus has a net energy content of 3.44 kWh. Batteries can stand shock loads and have gone through many industry-first test protocols for reliability, the company said.

VIDA V1 goes up a gradient of 18+ degrees with a 60 % SOC and 2 riders. The VIDA V1 comes with a standard five-year warranty for 50,000 km. The batteries are covered by a warranty valid for three years or up to 30,000 km. Both the variants are available in four riding modes – Sport, Ride, Eco and Custom.

VIDA V1 and its systems have gone through 200,000 km of testing and validation, and feedback loops that have run for 25,000 hours. VIDA V1 has been designed and tested for withstanding dusty environments, potholes and uneven roads, heavy rains, water-logged roads and high temperatures, the company said.

Smart-Tech: VIDA V1 provides the customer geo-fencing, speed and distance limits. With these and real time tracking, the riders can safeguard their loved ones, get riding behaviour insights, and prevent theft or vandalism.

The 7 inches TFT is an intelligent HMI having a touchscreen enabled Over The Air for easy functionality. The smart 2-way throttle is able to provide reverse and regenerative assist.

The limp home feature keeps the rider agnostic of being stranded, since VIDA V1 offers the rider an ability to drive at 10kmph for about 8 kilometers to a location of choice, in case the SOC drops below a pre-defined limit, the release said.

VIDA Cloud: VIDA cloud is an exclusive interface that engages the rider, vehicle and the service backend to enhance efficiency and reinforce the worry-free experience. The technology interfaces through Augmented Reality, Prognostics, remote diagnostics to repair on-site, book a charging station slot, the analytics, machine learning enhances the ownership experience of the rider.

E-powertrain tech: VIDA V1 features a highly integrated e-drive unit within a single housing that has a PMSM electric motor, IP 68 compliant, and transmission. VIDA V1 gives a top speed of 80 kmph, acceleration from 0 to 40kmph in 3.2 seconds with a maximum output of 6kW.

Customer propositions:Bringing a fresh approach to this category, Hero MotoCorp announced a slew of first-of-its kind customer propositions and services. They include Green EMI, an efficient and seamless financing platform which will not only offer an easy paper-less journey but also best-in-class interest rates at 1.5%-2% less than the prevailing financial options in the market.

Hero MotoCorp has also introduced a Buy-Back scheme that provides comfort and confidence to all first time EV buyers, with a first-in-industry assurance of vehicle buy-back at 70% of purchase value between the 16th and 18th months of vehicle ownership.

VIDA V1 will be available to customers for a test ride for up to 3 days. In addition to pick-up and drop for customers, VIDA V1 also offers another industry-first initiative – REPAIR ON-SITE – with customer executives available to provide service anywhere.

As much as the digital assets reinforce Hero MotoCorp’s Tech First approach to VIDA, the company is also creating a host of physical assets, including innovative and exciting Experience Centers at key locations and pop ups in popular malls, designed to provide an immersive and a completely differentiated experience to customers.

Hero MotoCorp is also installing Pods which would be placed in vantage spots across its dealerships in various cities, the release added.

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The company said the price revision will be up to INR 1,000 and the exact quantum of increase will vary by model and market.

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