Hero MotoCorp Files Patent for a New Vida Electric Scooter, Launch Soon?

Hero MotoCorp currently offers two variants of Vide e-scooter - the V1 Plus and the V1 Pro

Hero MotoCorp, a leading manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, is planning to expand its Vida electric scooter offerings. How do we know? According to multiple reports, the company has filed a patent for a new electric scooter design. 

Hero MotoCorp’s recent patent filing suggests the potential for a more budget-friendly electric scooter compared to the current V1 Plus and V1 Pro models. With an affordable e-scooter option, the company may aim to make its electric mobility available to a wider audience.

The leaked image of new Vida design circulating on the internet.

Design Insights

The leaked image circulating on the internet have revealed some of the design elements of the new e-scooter. Notably, the new angular design of the headlight closely resembles that of the Hero Xtreme 160R.

Elements like a front drum brake and a simple leading link front suspension setup could be the feature of the scooter. Moreover, the split seat, chunky grab rail, and luggage hook could contribute to its utility. It indicates that the brand is focusing on practicality and functionality. Thus, this will position the e-scooter as the preferred option for urban commuters. However, the brand has yet to confirm the design specifics.

Specifications of new Vida will probably be similar to those of the V1 duo. (Source: VidaWorld)

Range and Power

It is important to note that the information regarding the battery, motor, and features of the new e-scooter is unavailable. However, the specifications will probably be similar to those of the V1 duo. Moreover, Hero MotoCorp might not include swappable batteries, a typical feature of high-end e-scooters. The reason behind this decision could be to maintain competitive pricing.

New Vida might not feature swappable batteries. (Source: VidaWorld)

Pricing and Launch Date

The automotive sector is gearing up for the shift from the FAME subsidy to the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme 2024. As a result, there may be price adjustments throughout the sector. In this situation, the launch of the Vida e-scooter is important for Hero MotoCorp. Therefore, the brand would prefer to present customers with a cost-effective offering as the market changes.

Hero MotoCorp has achieved notable progress in the electric mobility sector. The company entered the electric vehicle market in 2022 by introducing its Vida range of electric scooters. At present, Hero has two models within the Vida sub-brand: the V1 Plus (₹97,800, ex-showroom) and V1 Pro (₹1,26,200, ex-showroom).

Banking on its early achievements, Hero MotoCorp, with its recent patent filing, may soon launch a reasonably priced electric scooter in the Indian market.