One of India’s largest electric two-wheeler manufacturers, Hero Electric, has announced Cruise Control functionality for its new Optima HX e-scooter. Once the rider activates cruise control, the e-scooter will notify the rider via the upgraded speedometer for a smooth riding experience. The new Cruise Control feature will enable the rider to maintain a constant speed while riding, offering comfort and convenience.
Whilst maintaining a constant speed, riders can brake or twist the throttle to deactivate the system at any given moment. Hero Electric offers the Optima HX e-scooter in single or dual battery options and three colours- Grey, Blue, and White. The single battery variant costs INR 55,580 (ex-showroom), whereas the double battery variant costs INR 65,640 (ex-showroom).
2021 Hero Electric Optima HX: Detailed Highlights
The Optima HX e-scooter showcases a simple yet effective design with a LED headlamp and beak-mounted turn indicators. Hero Electric has equipped the scooter with a telescopic suspension for a smooth ride and a digital instrument cluster. Along with a USB port for charging purposes, the e-scooter also sports a portable battery pack for easy charging. With 12-inch alloy wheels on both ends, the Optima HX features regenerative braking for energy recuperation and battery charging.
The single battery variant provides 82 Km of range per charge, whereas the dual battery variant offers 122 Km. Both variants of the Optima HX feature a 1.2 kW motor that’s powered by a 51.2 V battery. This allows the e-scooter to achieve a top speed of 42 kph whilst taking 4-5 hours to charge from 0-100%. Riders who choose to purchase either variant of the Optima HX need to have a registered driving license for riding.
Hero Electric Current & Future Plans
The brand is currently expanding its existing R&D facilities in order to manufacture the next-gen, Low-Speed, City-Speed, and High-Speed e-scooters. Hero Electric aims to set up a robust EV infrastructure in India by heavily investing in innovative technological inventions. Previously, the brand stated that it would launch a new tech centre with state-of-the-art equipment and expand its R&D team.
Additionally, Hero Electric will also focus on recruiting brand new talent for powertrain development and vehicle design. The brand has given an assurance that it will continue its association with other EV startups and Tier 1 partners. This step will enable them to develop in-house technical concepts for a hassle-free ownership and riding experience of its e-scooters. Hero Electric’s connected vehicle strategy includes the Internet of Things (IoT), energy efficiency, connectivity, and user-interface product verticals.
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