Hero MotoCorp has finally made a foray into electric mobility and the two-wheeler giant will operate the same under the new Vida brand, with its first product being the V1 electric scooter. What many may not know is that the Vida V1 was originally supposed to arrive as early as July this year, but the company had to put its launch plans on hold due to “enormous supply chain issues”. Nevertheless, Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp, says that all supply chain issues have now been resolved.
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Dr. Pawan Munjal – Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp at the launch of the Vida V1
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Vida V1 launch, Dr Munjal said: “All supply issues are behind us. If and when there were problems with a certain supplier, other arrangements were also made. We called on new suppliers. Obviously, we tested everything thoroughly.”
The Vida electric brand was initially unveiled in March this year in Dubai, with the first offering due to launch on July 1, to coincide with the birthday of Dr Brijmohan Lall, the company’s founder. However, ahead of the launch date, the company said it delayed the launch due to “shortage of various components, including semiconductors.”
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Of course, supply chain constraints have plagued the automotive sector since the pandemic and the same has finally caught up with Hero MotoCorp when it comes to chip-heavy electric scooters. Several other manufacturers have delayed product launches – for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers – following the chip shortage.
The Vida V1 will come with interchangeable batteries as well as a host of connected features as part of its main USPs
That said, Hero is confident of delivering its premium electric scooters to customers on the announced schedule. Munjal said the company plans to open reservations for the V1 Plus and V1 Pro on October 10 in three cities, with deliveries expected to begin in December this year. The company will then expand to eight new cities and continue to expand while increasing production. Hero has not shared production numbers for the Vida at this time.
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The Vida V1 Plus is priced at Rs. 1.45 lakh, going up to Rs. 1.59 lakh for the V1 Pro. All prices are ex-showroom. The electric scooter is powered by a PMS motor that develops 6 kW (8 hp) of peak power with 5.2 hp of continuous power. Power comes from a 3.94 kWh lithium-ion battery on the V1 Pro, while the V1 Plus gets a 3.44 kWh battery. The Vida V1 Pro gets a claimed range of 165km, while the V1 Plus has a range of 143km on a single charge. Both scooters can be charged at the rate of 1.2 km per minute and have a top speed of 80 km/h.