The electric two-wheeler market is growing steadily, and with increased choices also comes increased confusion – which of the electric vehicles in the market is the best one for you? Here are a few tips on how to choose the best e-bike for you.
What kind of e-bikes suit you the best?
The electric two-wheelers available in India today range from bicycles fitted with electric motors to motorcycle and scooter alternatives. If you have a short commute of a few kilometers, then a bicycle with an electric motor from the Hero Lectro range is what you need. Not only will you be kinder to the environment, but you will also burn quite a few calories and stay fit.
If you tend to carry equipment around for short distances, an electric scooter will serve you well. This is a very varied range and deserves its own space. You can have a basic electric scooter for as little as under Rs 40,000, but you can go all the way and drop well over Rs 1.5 lakh on a scooter that can top out at 80kph and has a touchscreen instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity, onboard navigation, and its own 4G LTE SIM connectivity.
Then there are the motorcycle alternatives, with performance that allow you to keep up with petrol power in the city. If you do not have to carry around a lot of equipment, or you prefer the feel of riding a motorcycle rather than a scooter, the e-bikes for you.
What specification do you need?
An electric two-wheeler specification involves a few components: the power of the motor, the type of battery (conventional lead-acid type or Li-ion), the range, the top speed, etc. Some electric two-wheelers offer the best of both worlds and offer modes that will maximize range in exchange for lower performance.
How long will you keep the e-bike?
If you’re the kind of person who uses vehicles for many years, it will make more sense to opt for an established brand such as Hero or TVS because that will give you more confidence about the after-sales support be available to you a few years down the line. You should also enquire about the cost of replacing the battery pack and when it is usually required, as that can be a high cost. Of course, the cost of batteries is constantly reducing, but it is wise to have the information before you make the purchase rather than after. The charging infrastructure and service network will also matter as an owner of an e-bike, so make sure both a charging point and a service station are placed conveniently for you.
The cost of ownership of the e-bike
Electric two-wheelers are frequently offered with tax rebates. For example, the Delhi Government is currently running offers to register electric two-wheelers and the scrapping of old petrol two-wheelers for those who choose to exchange them for e-bikes. Electric two-wheelers do not need regular attention to run as petrol bikes since there are very few moving parts and no oil to be changed.
Financiers are happy to offer bike loans for e-bikes, as they are the future. You can easily and quickly check your two-wheeler loan eligibility, as well as the EMI with tools such as the two-wheeler loan EMI calculator, and have the loan disbursed for your dream e-bike in almost no time at all.