To keep up with the avalanche of electric two-wheelers in our market, TVS has updated its iQube electric scooter for 2022. The TVS iQube e-scooter in available three variants: Standard, S and ST. The Standard iQube costs Rs 98,000, while the S is priced at Rs 1.08 lakh (all prices, on-road, Delhi, inclusive of FAME and state subsidy). Prices for the top-end ST variant are yet to be announced.  

Right, so what’s new? At least in terms of design, things are quite unchanged. The TVS iQube carries a rather conventional look but with a uniquely shaped headlamp design. However, as part of the upgrade, TVS has introduced 11 different colour options on the iQube, with some exclusive to specific variants. 

Coming to the features, the Standard variant gets a 5-inch TFT display, while the S and the ST variant get a larger 7-inch screen. The ST’s screen gets touchscreen functionality, while the two base variants make do with joystick controls. 

Compared to the earlier model, which offered a range of 75km, both the Standard and S variants now offer 100km. The ST variant promises a claimed range of 140km, along with a higher top speed of 82kph. Also new here is the addition of three different portable chargers: 650 Watts, 950 Watts, and 1.5 kW, depending on the variant selected. The new batteries are now IP67 and AIS 156 certified, which should help in their waterproofing capabilities; this is a welcome addition in the light of the upcoming monsoon season. 

New features here include the addition of geofencing, remote battery charge status update, navigation assist, last park location assist, incoming call and message alerts and more. The majority of the updates are seen on the premium ST variant. For instance, it also gets Amazon Alexa AI assistance and 32 litres of storage space, which the company claims, can accommodate two helmets. While TVS hasn’t specified the exact details, we expect the storage space on the other two variants to be the same as the older model. 

Bookings for the TVS iQube e-scooter are already underway at authorized showrooms across the country. This pushes us to ask one important question: Can the company stand its own against the rising popularity of the offerings from Ola and Ather? We’ll put the iQube to the test soon.

( Image credits: TVS Motors )