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Vida V1 Professional electrical scooter vs rivals: specs comparability | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

We evaluate Hero MotoCorp’s first e-scooter towards the Ola S1 Professional, Ather 450X and Bajaj Chetak on paper.

The world’s largest two-wheeler producer, Hero MotoCorp, just lately debuted the Vida V1, which is its maiden product within the hotly contested electrical scooter market. This scooter goes up towards some established rivals, each from start-ups in addition to giant OEMs, and has its work lower out.

For the sake of this specification comparability, we now have chosen the range-topping variants of all-electric scooters and therefore the Vida V1 Professional is the variant featured right here. We stack it up towards its important rivals on paper and see what’s what. 

Vida V1 Professional vs rivals: electrical motor, battery and charging

Electrical motor, battery and charging
Vida V1 Professional Ola S1 Professional Ather 450X Bajaj Chetak
Peak Motor Output 6kW 8.5kW 6.2kW 4.2kW
Steady Motor Output 3.9kW 5.5kW 3.3kW 4kW
Rated Torque 25 Nm 58 Nm 26 Nm 20 Nm
High Pace (claimed) 80kph 116kph 80kph 69kph
Battery Capability 3.94kWh 4kWh 3.7kWh 2.88kWh
Claimed Vary 165km 181km 146km 90km
Charging Time 0-80% in 5hr55min 0-100% in 6hr30min 0-100% in 5hr40min 0-100% in 4hr

On this firm, the Vida V1 Professional has the second largest battery pack, which additionally interprets into a variety determine that’s second solely to the Ola S1 Professional. Its peak output determine additionally intently trails that of the Ather 450X and with such numbers, it isn’t stunning that Hero claims a 0-40kph time of simply 3.2s, which makes it quicker than the Ather 450X.

In comparison with all these scooters, the Chetak is the least highly effective and likewise has the smallest vary determine, no shock contemplating it has the smallest battery pack right here. Nonetheless, it does make up for it with a charging time that’s significantly decrease than the others and a steady energy output that’s on par with the others. The Vida V1 Professional has the slowest charging time right here, with a 0-80 p.c cost taking practically 6 hours, which is greater than even the Ather’s 0-100 p.c charging time. 

Vida V1 Professional vs rivals: dimensions and underpinnings

Dimensions and underpinnings
Vida V1 Professional Ola S1 Professional Ather 450X Bajaj Chetak
Wheelbase 1301mm 1359mm 1295mm 1330mm
Seat peak 780mm 792mm 780mm 762mm
Floor clearance 155mm 165mm 153mm 160mm
Weight 125kg 125kg 111.6kg 133kg
Suspension (F/R) Telescopic fork/Monoshock Single fork/Monoshock Telescopic fork/Monoshock Main hyperlink/Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 190mm disc/ 130mm drum 220mm disc/180mm disc 200mm disc/190mm disc 200mm disc/130mm drum
Tyres (F/R) 90/90-12/100/80-12 110/70-R12 90/90-12/100/80-12 90/90-12
Storage 26 litres 36 litres 22 litres 18 litres

In terms of its underpinnings, the Vida V1 Professional is a combined bag. It has a wheelbase that’s solely barely longer than the agile Ather 450X, but it surely weighs the identical because the 125kg Ola S1 Professional. Suspension {hardware} and the 12-inch wheels it rolls on are par for the course as effectively, however one factor that’s disappointing, particularly at its excessive worth level, is the presence of a rear drum brake. The opposite e-scooter to get a rear drum brake is the Bajaj Chetak, which can also be the heaviest of the lot at 133kg on account of its all-metal physique.

The storage capability on the Vida V1 Professional is second solely to the big one discovered on the Ola S1 Professional (which by the way is twice the scale of the one on the Chetak) and seat peak is an unintimidating 780mm, the identical because the Ather 450X.

Vida V1 Professional vs rivals: options

The Vida V1 Professional is a tech-laden providing and brings just a few segment-firsts to the desk. The detachable batteries, which is able to successfully cut back a full cost to a matter of minutes, in addition to the absolutely customisable Customized using mode are options that haven’t been seen earlier than on this area.

Controlling all of the digital options on the Vida V1 Professional is a touch-compatible 7-inch full-colour TFT show with OTA (Over The Air) updates performance inbuilt. Moreover, the Vida V1 Professional is provided with keyless performance, Three preset using modes – Sport, Trip and Eco, reverse and regenerative help, SOS performance and all-LED lighting. It additionally boasts of fast-charging functionality on the price of 1.2km/min, a function that extends to the extra inexpensive Vida V1 Plus as effectively. Because the charging port of the Vida V1 has been sourced from Ather, it’s going to additionally have the ability to entry Ather’s widespread fast-charging community

The Ola S1 Professional and the Ather 450X maintain their very own towards the Vida V1, with each sporting a number of trip modes, touch-compatible TFT shows and a proprietary app as effectively. The Ather 450X is the one different scooter right here to boast of fast-charging functionality and could be topped up on the price of 1.5km/min (barely quicker than the Vida V1). Whereas the Chetak will get practically the identical options because the others, it misses out on a TFT show like the opposite three, though it does boast of keyless performance just like the Vida V1 Professional.  

Vida V1 Professional vs rivals: worth

Vida V1 Professional Ola S1 Professional Ather 450X Bajaj Chetak
Value (ex-showroom, Delhi, together with FAME-II subsidies) Rs 1.59 lakh Rs 1.39 lakh Rs 1.39 lakh Rs 1.47 lakh (on street Mumbai, with charger/in spite of everything subsidies)

In terms of worth, the Vida V1 Professional bucks the long-standing development of Hero’s often aggressively priced merchandise and is the costliest electrical scooter within the Indian market as we speak. Even the comparatively extra inexpensive variant, the Rs 1.45 lakh Vida V1 Plus, is dearer than the opposite scooters right here. In actual fact, the Vida V1 Professional is Hero MotoCorp’s most costly product throughout its total two-wheeler line-up at the moment. 

With extra inexpensive choices promising related ranges of efficiency and options, it stays to be seen whether or not the Vida V1 electrical scooter can set up itself as a significant participant within the market. As of now, the Vida V1 electrical scooters are solely out there in Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur, with extra places being provided additional down the road and deliveries will begin within the second week of December. 

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