First revealed at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp will launch the Leap hybrid scooter in 2015. Not just in India, the manufacturer has shown interest in selling their first ever hybrid product in international markets as well.
Powering the Leap is a 124cc, hybrid petrol motor combined with an 8 kW electric motor backed by lithium-ion batteries. The PMAC(Permanent magnet AC) traction motor delivers max torque of 60+ Nm from standstill. The scooter is belt driven and Hero claims that the belt will last through the scooters lifetime.
- 100 kmph top speed when running with range extender
- 240mm front disc brake
- Projector headlamp with LED
- LED turn indicators
- LED tail lamp
- 3 litre minimum fuel tank requirement
- 140 kg kerb weight
- Bad end mounted rear view mirrors
- Telescopic front fork
- Alloy wheels
- Digital + analogue instrument cluster
- Small wind deflector
- Storage bin below the handlebar
The Leap will be manufactured at Hero’s Gurgaon facility and the company isn’t looking at high volumes initially.
Going by the features and technology on offer, expect premium pricing for the hybrid Leap when launched in India.