The electric mobility segment in India is still in its nascent stage when compared to those in developed countries. However, the sudden spike in demand and much-needed push by governments have resulted in several names joining the bandwagon. As a result of this, we have got several new-age electric two-wheelers which are bettering in performance and efficiency.
However, many of the new models are entering the entry-level category, which has restricted performance and outputs. Some of these restrictions include a power output of less than 250W and a top speed of less than 25 kmph. These restrictions enable them to comply with the E-bike category under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR). For this category, one does not require registration of the vehicle and a valid driver’s license. Following are some of the most popular electric two-wheelers falling in the E-bike category, which do not require a valid driver’s license to ride:
Joy E-bike Monster
Fancied owning a Honda Grom in India? While that’s going to be a distant dream, for the time being, Joy E-bike is offering a similar kind of mini-bike essence to the Monster. The Joy E-bike Monster looks like a conventional motorcycle but attracts glances due to its compact dimensions. Powering the Monster is a 250W hub motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, with the latter offering a decent range of 75 km. The Monster also gets premium features like upside-down front telescopic forks, a digital instrument console and front and rear disc brakes.
Coming from the portfolio of AMO Electric Bikes, AMO Fiesty is an affordable option with a visually appealing design targeted at youngsters. While the AMO Fiesty is an entry-level option, it is decently equipped with features like a front disc brake, alloy wheels, side stand sensor and electronically-assisted braking system.
AMO Jaunty Pro
Another offering from AMO Electric Bikes, the Jaunty Pro is a slightly more desirable product than the Fiesty. Designed for daily urban riding duties, the AMO Jaunty Pro features an electronically-assisted braking system, alloy wheels and a stylish headlamp.
The Hop Lyf is another entry-level E-bike from Jaipur-based HOP electric mobility. The scooter features a lithium-ion battery, which can go between 70 to 125 km on a single charge. The Hop Lyf is available in both standard and extended range variants and does not require a license.
Hero Electric Optima E5
The Hero Electric Optima E5 has emerged as one of the highest-selling E-bikes in the country that do not require a driving license. It looks like any other conventional IC engine scooter. However, it gets a floorboard-mounted battery back and a 250W electric motor. The scooter is available in two versions – one with a lead-acid battery pack and the other with a more premium lithium-ion battery pack. Other salient features of Hero Electric Optima E5 include 16-inch alloy wheels and drum brakes on both wheels.
Hero Electric Flash E2
The Hero Electric Flash E2 is one of the most affordable electric scooters with a lithium-ion battery pack in India. Powering the Flash E2 is a hub-mounted 250W electric motor, which is assisted by a 48V 28Ah lithium-ion battery. Tipping the weighing scales at just 69 kg, the Hero Electric Flash E2 has a top speed of 25 kmph.
While Okinawa has climbed the ladder of fam with the Praise Pro, the R30 serves as its most affordable model. The Okinawa R30 comes with a hub-mounted 250W electric motor and a 1.34 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The R30’s battery pack takes 4-5 hours for a full charge and provides a range of around 60 km.
Another new entrant in the E-bike category is the sharp-looking Odysse E2Go. This electric scooter has a 250W, 60V BLDC motor and a lithium-ion battery, with the latter offering a range of 60 km. The battery of E2Go takes around 4-5 hours for a full charge. The scooter gets a couple of handy features like LED headlamps and a pillion backrest.
Techo Electra Neo
Another affordable electric scooter which can be ridden without a valid driver’s license is Techo Electra Neo. This E-Bike comes with an edgy-looking design and features like an LED headlamp with daytime running LEDs. Power comes from a 250W electric motor, with the scooter getting four 12V 20Ah lead-acid batteries claiming a range of 55-60 km.
The Evolet Pony has an impressive rounded retro-themed design, which makes it look different from other E-bikes. With funky looks and affordable pricing, it is aimed at newer riders. The Evolet Pony is available in two variants – EZ and Classic, both of which get a 250W motor. The Pony EZ has a 48V 24Ah lead-acid battery, which offers a range of 60 km. On the other hand, the Pony Classic has a 48V 24Ah lithium-ion battery, which returns a higher range of 80 km.