The electric TVS Jupiter is inching closer to production and, if recent reports are to be believed, will launch by June 2018. There isn’t any official confirmation about the electric powered Jupiter although a recent report by ET Auto suggests that we may see one by mid-2018. The report further indicates that the electric scooter will come equipped with lithium-ion battery, and travel up to 50 km in one full charge. As reported before, a heavily disguised test mule of the TVS Jupiter electric was snapped where it was seen being charged in a complex in Bengaluru. The model was seen with drum brakes and featured front apron integrated blinkers, alloy wheels and a spacious foot board. The battery powered scooter, unlike the internal combustion version, is probable to compromise on the underseat storage.
As aforementioned, there is still no official confirmation about the electric powered TVS Jupiter although we’d most likely hear some more details sometime in 2018, most likely at the Auto Expo. We’d keep you posted about any further details as and when they’re available. While we wait for that, let us know your views about the TVS electric scooter through the comments section below. A range of around 80-100 kilometers and a top speed of at least 60 Kmph will be necessary for the mass market to accept electric scooters in India. We hope that TVS Motors launches the new electric scooter with similar specifications. For now, not much information about this scooter is available except for the fact that it will feature a lithium ion battery. Electric scooters make a lot of sense for India if the range problem can be solved by manufacturers without the price escalating by too much.
Customers may be willing to pay up to Rs.80, 000 for electric scooters is the range is at least 100 Kms and if the battery replacement cost after 4-5 years is around 15,000-20,000. Running cost of this scooter will make up for the high initial cost, and battery replacement cost. But till this happens, electric scooters may not become mainstream. Next year, there will be two more electric 2 wheelers aiming at the mass market – the Ather S340 scooter and the Tork T6X motorbike.