Hero Electric has taken a dig at the Indian Electric automobile scene and has bought out a trio of very unique and quirky line-up at the Auto Expo 2020. One of those is the three-wheeled AE-3. It is the first trike from any Indian manufacturer and this one is electric. It instantly makes a statement and looks huge despite being a basic commuter scooter.
The AE-3 is powered by a 3.0kW electric motor that is claimed to have a top speed of 80 kmph. The range is slated at 100 km which is impressive given the fact that the AE-3 weighs in at 140 kg. The scooter also has a reverse-assist feature which will be of utmost help given its size and weight. The 2.4 kWh Lithium-Ion battery is quick to charge in five hours and thus can make it the perfect urban commuter. There are no words of the charging infrastructure as of now, but with the general notion of Hero Electric products, we believe that the charging tech, mostly fast charger will be added in the box.
The most impressive feature of this scooter if of course its tri-wheel setup. The front two-wheels are aligned in a sophisticated setup and each has a disc rotor on it. The scooter has a three-disc setup with two at the front and one at the rear. The AE-3 is equipped with self-balancing tech that uses an onboard gyroscope to sense and balance the scooter. In conjunction with this, it also gets an “Auto balance park switch” which is a switch that can make the scooter stand on its own in case of parking.
Other than these, the AE-3 also gets features like real-time tracking, mobile connectivity and GPS. A fully digital console is the window for all controls and it replaces the instrument cluster to provide an intuitive layout. Despite having three wheels, Hero Electric has confirmed that the AE-3 will be registered as an electric two-wheeler.
The pricing has not been disclosed, but with the level of engineering that has gone into the scooter and the sophisticated front end, consider it to be priced higher than the other two electric offerings showcased by Hero Electric. We suspect it to be priced close to Rs. 2 lakh taking into account its complexity and performance. Another notable factor is that Hero Electric has not designed nor developed the Auto Expo line-up inhouse. So, outsourcing will cost a fair bit more and thus the pricing makes more sense. We will have to wait till the end of 2020 and see if this trike comes out as a retail model.
Also, check out Hero Electric’s first-ever motorcycle offering, the AE-47 which also used Lithium-Ion battery pack and chunks out more power than the AE-3. It will take on the ReVolt RV400 as direct competition.