EV Motors, Hero Electric partner to launch rapid-charging e-bikes

EV Motors India (EVM) and Hero Electric on September 2 announced their partnership to offer a unique proposition supporting adoption of electric vehicles for last-mile delivery operation.

Under the partnership, EV Motors, a holistic turnkey electric vehicle solutions provider, will offer advanced battery solutions and charging infrastructure integrated with Hero Electric vehicles.

The plan is to run a pilot of around 10,000 e-bikes in few cities in the next 12 months before launching it nationwide, said a press release.

These solutions, it said, are specially designed to meet the requirements of last-mile delivery operators, including e-commerce, online food, fleet operators and courier delivery businesses.

As part of the partnership, EVM will be integrating its hi-tech batteries with Hero e-bikes that can be supercharged in less than 30 minutes using the rapid charging station network ‘PlugNgo’ being set up by EV Motors. This quick charge feature makes daily vehicle operation of 130 km to 140 km stress-free. 

The rapid charging stations will be installed at strategic locations including the Hero dealerships and will be accessible for public charging.

Further, enabling a robust roadmap to build an effective fleet of hassle-free vehicle operations, EV Motors is addressing critical challenges including ownership of vehicle spread across large number of individuals, access to financing, EV charging infrastructure, battery performance and vehicle uptime and service issues.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric, said, “This unique solution of ‘30 minutes charging’ coupled with the easier ownership models may be a game changer for the EV industry as it will solve three important issues namely- range anxiety, battery replacement costs and the high acquisition price.”

Mr Vinit Bansal, Managing Director, EV Motors India, said, “We are excited about our partnership with Hero Electric, as it is another step forward towards our commitment to encourage e-mobility and provide a holistic EV infrastructure.”