We’ve always wanted to celebrate a green Diwali here at autoX, and this was finally made possible this year, thanks to TVS. That’s because they sent us an iQube right before the festivities kicked in.
The good thing is that we’ve got a lot more time to spend with the iQube since it’s going to stay with us for a couple of months. This particular version is the iQube S, which means it’s got a bigger 7-inch screen – as opposed to a 5-inch on the base – and it’s also got pre-load adjustable rear twin-shocks. It also gets a couple more features via the iQube smartphone app. Now, I haven’t yet hooked the scooter with the app, so you’ll have to wait for another month for my first impressions of that.
As a daily rider, the iQube S impressed me on the very first outing. It’s got a 3.04kWh battery pack and a brushless hub-mounted motor that’s rated at 3kW and 33Nm. The numbers are impressive and they reflect well on the road. Let’s just say that this scooter is no slouch! There are two modes – Economy and Power. The former will get you 100kms of range but rather dull performance – the speedo doesn’t budge past 45km/h in this mode. The Power mode makes your ride livelier – you can go up to 80km/h, albeit the range is compromised to 75kms. Since my commute is 70% highway, I have to ride it in Power mode virtually all the time. The range that I managed to get on a full charge, however, was 68kms on a full charge. Not too shabby, but let’s see if its performance/range remains consistent over the coming months.
When it came: October 2022
Current odo reading: 742kms
Mileage this month: 165kms
What’s good: Performance, quality
What’s not: Range