As a market leader in electric two-wheelers, Hero Electric already has a sizeable portfolio of e-bikes. However, to consolidate and further its organizational goals, it is launching 5 more bikes by the end of 2022, across its product ranges.
Since the internal reshuffling of the Hero brand, Hero Electric has emerged as the pioneer and market leader of the electric two-wheeler industry in India. It is the first and largest manufacturer of electric two-wheelers in the country.
Current Electric Bikes in Hero’s Stable
This is the sub-25 kmph range which does not require a license to ride on Indian roads, given its 250-Watt motor and top speed of 25 kmph. In this range there are three bikes:
1. Hero Eddy
2. Hero Electric Atria LX
3. Hero Electric Flash LX
These have speeds upwards of 45 kmph, therefore requiring a license. Currently, the models include:
1. Hero Electric Photon Hx
2. Hero Electric Optima CX
3. Hero Electric Nyx HX
Upcoming bikes by Hero Electric
Hero Electric intends to add five more bikes to its stable by 2022. Let’s take a look at these expected electric bikes:
Hero Electric AE-47 E-Bike
Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020, the AE-47 is expected to launch by September, 2022. It borrows heavily from the CBR 300 in terms of design. It claims a maximum range of 160 km on a single charge, in Eco mode, while reaching a top speed of 85 kmph. It takes about four hours to charge completely.
Hero Electric AE-75
Revealed at the Auto Expo 2020, the Hero Electric AE-75 is an entry-to-mid-ranged electric scooter with a claimed top speed of 55 kmph and range of about 80 km on a single charge. Expected to launch between June to September 2022, not much is known about this variant, yet.
Hero Electric AE-29
Sporting a conventional design, the AE-29 is expected to be powered by a 1000-Watt motor, paired to a lithium-ion battery that offers upto 80 km range on a single charge. The battery can be charged fully in four hours. It gets a Bluetooth-enabled digital instrument cluster, with a mobile charging port, anti-theft protection, walk and reverse assist.
Hero Electric AE-3
This electric trike is a first for Hero Electric. Featuring twin front wheels, it comes with a gyroscope-assisted auto-balance feature which keeps the scooter upright when stationary. It also comes with a digital instrument cluster, walk and reverse assist, and app connectivity. The e-trike claims a top speed of 80 kmph, with a maximum range of 100 km on a single charge.
Hero Electric AE-8
Expected to launch by the end of the year, or early-2023, the Hero Electric AE-8 sports a retro look, but is powered by an electric motor generating a top speed of 25 kmph. The AE-8 offers up to 80 km range on a single charge. Not much else is known about the AE-8 at the time of writing.
With these new launches, Hero Electric aims to take the fight to emerging players in the electric two-wheeler segment, and consolidate its market leadership position. Covering the price range from ₹ 60,000- ₹ 1.5 lakh, Hero Electric has an electric bike for everyone.