India’s Sehgal Elmoto Ltd. Has Developed The New-Gen Electric Personal Transport:
What is an e-Moped?
A conventional moped is nothing but a tiny hybrid version of a conventional motorcycle and a bicycle. An e-moped is an electric version of the popular moped, which was in vogue in 1980s & 90s in India.
First of all, a moped is basically an advanced version of a bicycle and the very base version of a conventional motorcycle. It is designed to use for shorter distance at slow speeds; which needs either minimal or no license to ride it. Very popular among the students, the moped was the most favourite and affordable mode of transport in India in early 80s and thru’ 90s. Since the launch and popularisation of motorcycles in mid-1990s, the mopeds have almost vanished from the automotive scene in India. The good news is that the moped is back in business and that too in a different avatar – an e-moped.
Sehgal Elmoto Ltd., a Pune based Electric Mobility manufacturer has developed the newer generation of electric mopeds aka e-moped. The newer generation battery powered e-mopeds which include 3 models; were displayed at Auto Ancillary Show 2014.
The e-moped is currently available in three models – starting with the base versions AYS 16 & AYS 20, which are scootrettes and the top end Simpel E250 – an e-moped. The company had also displayed an Electric Rickshaw aka an e-Rickshaw at the Auto Ancillary Show 2014, which is currently under development.
Why use an e-moped?
All the three e-mopeds are driven by a 250W output light brushless motor and are designed for use by unisex. The company claims that all these e-mopeds have low power and speeds making them safer to ride and without the need of any registration and / or licencing as per the prevailing laws. While these e-mopeds need very low maintenance with no oil required in the drive system and hence the servicing cost is also lower. The running cost of these e-mopeds is astonishingly low with only 10 Paisa / Km (the approx. cost of electricity for charging the e-moped), as claimed by the company. The e-mopeds are ideal for use either by the teenagers or the adults alike; such as for – going to school, tuitions / park, shopping centre & nearby places etc.; which could save the burning of fossil fuels and reduce carbon footprint.
AYS 16, AYS 20 Features:
Both the AYS 16 & AYS 20 are the entry-level scootrettes but without the pedals & chain as in a bicycle. Both these models are differentiated by their wheel size. The AYS 16 has 16” wheels; whereas AYS 20 has 20”. So both these scootrettes are driven by the same 250W Light Brushless motor. Both these models use a lithium ion (LI) battery and have a range of about 30 to 35 Kms depending upon the rider’s weight and mode.
Furthermore, the unique feature of these scootrettes is that they could be folded, saving the space required to park / keep them and can be easily carried away by the rider. The top speed of these scootrettes is limited to 25 Km/h making them safe to ride. Both these models have drum brakes at front and discs at rear. The estimated price of the AYS 16 & AYS 20, according to the company reps at the Auto show, is Rs. 25,000/- and Rs. 32,000/- respectively.
Simpel E250 Features:
The Simpel E250 is the high end model of e-moped which is available at Rs. 40,000/-. The Simpel E250 features a Digital Display which includes Speed, Odometer and Bettery State of charge. Simpel E250 also has Front LED light and a rear reflector. The Simpel E250 is powered by a 36V LG advanced Lithium Ion (LI) battery with a range of upto 35 KMs under certain conditions. It takes about 3.5 hours for Simpel E250 to fully charge.
In addition, the Simpel E250 also features bicycle-type gears, telescopic shockers at front and an optional mono-shock suspension on the rear wheel. Simpel E250 has Disc brakes at both front and rear for effective braking. The Simpel E250 is also provided with a set of pedals & chain; so that it could also be driven like a bicycle in case if the battery runs down.
Simpel E250 Specifications:
E250 e-Moped Specifications :
|MAX Speed||Limited to 25 Kmph (32 Kmph for US)|
|Range||35 Km (depending upon rider weight & mode)|
|Display||Digital Speed, Odo, Battery state of charge|
|Lights||Front LED, Rear Reflector|
|Battery||Battery Integrated 36v LG advanced lithium ion battery|
|Charging||3.5 hours (Plugs into a standard outlet)|
|Motor||Light Brushless Max 250w power output|
|Brakes||High Quality Disc brakes (F/R) for responsive braking|
|Suspension||Front and rear suspension for a smoother ride|
|Frame||Light steel welded monocoque frame|
|Seat||Ergonomically designed comfortable double seat|
|Accessories||Side view mirror, side bags, basket extra|
In conclusion, sehgal Elmoto Ltd. whose motto is “Drive Green Live Clean” also intends to develop Green Mobility Transport applications for – Personal, Family, Handicapped, Utility, Commercial and Special Purpose etc. which are economically affordable. The company is currently developing the new models which include an electric Scooter, Motorcycle, Utility and a Quadricycle.
For more information please click: http://www.sehgal.co.in