First ride review: Avan Xero+

first_imgUsing electric vehicles is a growing trend and is here to stay. Avan Motors is one of the several electric vehicle manufacturers that is helping to push this electric trend in the country with the launch of the Xero and Xero+ electric scooters earlier this year, but we have the more premium Xero+ with us. The instrument panel is simple with just odo, speedo and battery level on display. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The styling and design is quite modern with its sharp lines giving it an attractive look. Gone are the days when electric scooters were unattractive and unappealing. It has a slim and slender profile when viewed from any angle while the headlamp cluster up front is mounted on the visor unit with fox intake on the front apron makes the Xero+ look good. It sports 5-spoke 12-inch alloy wheels whereas the chrome crash guards run from the front to the rear with a 3-litre capacity luggage box mounted at the rear section for either a full-sized helmet or an additional storage space. We would’ve liked a rubber strap along the edges of the box to cut down on the rattling noise it makes whenever it goes over a bump. The tail lamp and rear indicators have been integrated into one unit and look good too. The most notable feature is the simple instrument cluster which displays the odometre, speedometer and a battery level indicator. Switch to toggle between ride modes. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The Avan Xero+ comes in two variants, a single battery and a double battery version. The one we have is the double battery version which comes powered by a detachable 48V battery located below the floorboard, keeping the centre of gravity low for the scooter. The disadvantage we see here is that the battery cradle is at its lowest point and is susceptible to scrapping on large speed bumps. The battery pack is paired to an 800 watt brushless DC motor that powers the rear wheel, however, only one battery can be used at a time which can be toggled between the switches situated in the under seat compartment. When equipped with two batteries, the Xero+ has a combined travel range of 110km, while a single battery covers up to 55-60km depending on riding style. The charge time is about 4-5 hours for a single battery and comes with an onboard charger which can charge the unit without actually removing it. However, the scooter comes with a single charger allowing one battery to be charged at any given point of time. Nevertheless, the batteries are detachable and can be charged remotely as well and is a fairly easy process but does take some effort to do so.advertisement Storage space for a full-faced helmet. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)The Xero+ has a high positioned floorboard resulting in the handlebar hitting the knee every time you want to turn. However, position yourself comfortably on the seat and you are good to go. Once throttled, the scooter quickly picks up speed but getting to its top speed of 47kmph takes some time. Overtaking is out of the question and it is advisable to stick to the side of the road. The suspension setup of telescopic at the front and coil spring unit at the rear is good enough to make for a comfortable ride to the office. It soaks up the undulations and bumps on the roads quite well. Braking is handled by a disc at the front and drum at the rear but it does lack in power and bite. The three riding modes or gears as Avan Motors calls it, can be toggled by a switch on the right handlebar that ranges from an economical ride to a more performance-based result, for a young rider that is. Once throttled, the scooter quickly picks up speed but getting to its top speed of 47kmph takes some time. (Picture: Nishant Jhamb)VerdictThe electric two-wheeler market is expanding at a rapid pace and Avan Motors is placed at the lower end of this spectrum with increasing sales. At a price of Rs 47,000 (ex-showroom, India) for a single battery and Rs 66,500 (ex-showroom India) for double battery unit, the Xero+ takes the fight directly to Hero Electric’s Optima e-scooter. Avan claims that the running cost is about 85 per cent cheaper than a conventional petrol-powered scooter, but the company needs to step up its game and become a popular brand. With rising fuel cost and the damage done to our environment, it may be a very good idea to go green.advertisementALSO READ | Fourth-generation Mahindra Scorpio spied testingALSO READ | Aston Martin Valhalla, DB5, V8 to feature in upcoming James Bond movieALSO READ | Next-gen Hyundai Xcent spied testing, India launch expected in 2020last_img