Are you some one who lives in a city, need to travel short distances for work or college and in need of a cheap and efficient mode of transport, then the IBike electric scooter is possibly your best option. This electric scooter has been developed by Bangalore based battery manufacturer Hi-Power and is priced at Rs.32,500. Drivespark.com test drove this scooter recently and here are the results.
The IBike Go is the IBike"s fist model and it is has recently got an update in the form of the IBike go Plus. The IBike Go looks like a conventional scooter but the driving experience was entirely different. The usual hum of the engine when you turn the key and switch on the ignition is replaced by nothing but silence. The electric motor is turned on by the turning the key but you will feel it only after pulling the accelerator.
The IBike rose to life just by a small pull of the accelerator. You can feel the power of the electric motor from the beginning itself. The motor will provide full torque from the beginning and hence acceleration is always immediate. But this does not mean you can go to high speeds on this electric scooter. It has a top speed of 40kmph which can be reached within a few seconds.
If you were disappointed by the IBike"s top speed, let me remind you this electric scooter is only for the city traveller who cannot reach high seeds considering the heavy traffic. Further, maintain low speeds will not only improve the range of the scooter but also improve the longevity of the battery. But you can easily zip around traffic as the power delivery from the motor is almost immediate.
The battery of the IBike needs to be charged for six hours to be fully charged. This will provide a range of 60 kilometres according to the manufacturer. The range can be well over 50 kilometres in real world conditions as the battery is discharged whenever you use the headlights, indicators and horn.
The running cost of the IBike along with its price is possibly its most attractive feature. It is priced at half that of a conventional motorcycle. Further you need not pay registration fees as it has not been classified as a motor vehicle. Further the cost of charging the IBike will be about five rupees. Considering the price of petrol is about Rs.73 (plus or minus Rs.2) and the range at about 50km, you can run the IBike for close to 750 kilometres at the cost of a litre of petrol!
The IBike has a capacity to carry a load of 150kg. It can be charged using a conventional power output. Hi-Power, the manufacturer of the IBike has offered a warranty of 15,000 kilometres for the bike and 18,000 kilometres for the battery. The battery can be replaced after 18,000 kilometres at a cost of Rs.6,000. There will be no other service costs for the IBike. Hi-Power ha claimed that the IBike can offer savings of about Rs.30,000 per year when compared with a conventional petrol powered scooter.