Now with the start of the new year, Hero has applied for the trademark of 2 new names. Connect and Freed is the names which have been come up. Going with the trend of electric scooters, we think that the name Connect is for an electric scooter which might come with a lot of features which could be operated by a Smartphone. Bajaj has unveiled their electric scooter, The Bajaj Chetak which is the comeback of a classic with the touch of modern technology. Hero already has been in the scooter market and brining another scooter while upgrading the current lineup for BS6 emission norms makes it a bit of sceptical thing. Instead, an electric scooter like the 2020 Hero Connect might make a good proposition right after the BS6 deadline.
Why might the 2020 Hero Connect be electric?
Hero has 5 scooters in its line up currently. With the BS6 deadline coming close the company has to make them BS6 compliant and that will raise their prices. Instead of launching an electric scooter might be a more feasible option. Also, bajaj has entered the scooter market. In order to give that a competition Hero has to make an entry into the electric scooter market soon. With an electric scooter which might have a range of around 100 Km will be more than enough for daily commutes. The charging also might not be a big problem if the battery might be removable. Also, the name Connect is related to being connected to electricity and this is a reason why we think that the 2020 Hero Connect might be an electric scooter.
What can we expect on the 2020 Hero Connect?
Being an electric scooter we first thing is the range. We can expect a range of 100 km on this base model scooter. The design of this scooter is something we will have to wait for the company to reveal. We can also expect to see a digital instrument cluster. The wheels will be lightweight alloy wheels laced with tubeless tyres. The graphics are expected to have a touch of blue to make it noticeable that it is an electric scooter. It might also get an anti-theft system on cars. This a very common feature on most of the electric scooter in the market currently. Hero being a major manufacturer will be able to give more features at a lower price than other smaller manufacturers.
The scooter will get LED lights for the headlights and tail lamps. The mobile connectivity will be a good feature as it will provide with all the info about the charging and other scooter-related diagnostics. The top speed of this scooter might be around 40 to 60 km/h. At these speeds, the vehicle will be pretty slow than IC scooter but the running cost will be way less too. But the scooter is also expected to get 3 modes which will basically alter the battery consumption and give it more power. The chances of it to get regenerative braking are less but if that comes to the scooter then it might outdo the competition. But the price might go up too. So for now in order to keep the price in check Hero won’t provide this feature on their entry-level scooter.
The pricing is very crucial for this scooter and we expect Hero to nail it for this scooter. The scooter might be priced at Rs 90,000. Being an electric scooter at this price people might go for cheaper IC alternatives but in the long run the investment of Rs 90,000 will be cheaper when compared with the rising fuel prices. Also, Bajaj Chetak’s launch will give us an idea about the price at which we can expect this scooter. We have done a complete walk-around on the Bajaj Chetak Electric. Do check out the video below.