2022 TVS iQube Electric Scooter Long Term Reports

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.

By Dhruv Paliwal | on January 18, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News
Long-Term Report: January 2023 (End of Term)

An electric scooter in your garage is a must – if you can charge it easily at home, that is. For the last couple of months, the TVS iQube has been a mainstay in my garage, and frankly, I am quite happy to have it. You see, once I started observing my commutes, I realised that more than half of my vehicular journeys were within 10kms distance of my house – and I don’t mind riding a two-wheeler instead of a four-wheeler. And so, the iQube became my primary vehicle and continued to be so for a good two months. The only caveat for having it is that you have put it on charge every time you come back from a 30kms round trip – and the act of plugging in the charger and then unplugging it can be a bit of a chore. I am not saying that the battery dies after 30kms, but, if you want to use it again for a relatively long ride, the battery is going to take some time to charge back. If you put it on charge every time the battery goes below 50 per cent, you’ll always find it has enough range for your needs.

As far as the riding experience goes, I have to admit, the TVS iQube feels quite close to a traditional scooter. The balance of the scooter feels rather neutral and even the controls remind you of an ICE scooter. And all of that is because TVS has been making ICE scooters for a long-long time and they know a thing or two about making them right. That also means that the iQube S is a bit plain Jane as well.

The riding modes offer you some flexibility in terms of range. The Eco mode is best left to narrow lanes or society roads, where you don’t really have any need to go beyond 50km/h. However, as you get onto the main roads, my suggestion would be to stick to Power mode, which allows you a top speed of 80km/h. That still can be a bit bothersome on really wide and empty roads, but in most cases, the Power mode on the iQube gets the job done. The best thing, however, is that the power delivery of the iQube doesn’t change, even when the battery falls below 10%, which is quite a blessing, as you don’t have to re-learn how to ride the scooter when the battery is running low. Overall, the TVS iQube S makes for a perfect family scooter – just keep in mind to never go beyond 10 – 15kms of your house.

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: October 2022

Current odo reading: 1,200kms

Mileage this month: 280kms

What’s good: Throttle response

What’s not: Range

Long-Term Report: December 2022

TVS IQube S Long Term Report December 2022

When I heard that TVS had sent us the iQube, I immediately asked Shivank if I could have it. You see, given the changing times, it is important that we start looking at what the future with EVs is going to be like, and the iQube is as close as it gets to electric transportation for the masses. So, after living with it for some time, I would say that it’s a good scooter if you stay within a 20km radius of your home. Charging the iQube is quite simple, which is what I find most attractive about it. Simply plug it into a power socket, and in a couple of hours, you have a full charge. As far as range anxiety goes, if you stick to that 20kms radius, you aren’t going to feel it, but step outside of it, and things become problematic. But the good thing is that if you are running out of juice, all you have to do is look for a 16A power outlet. Better than searching for a charging station I suppose. Once, I let the iQube go all the way down to 8 per cent, and to my pleasant surprise, it didn’t alter the power delivery too much to conserve the battery. It allowed me to ride it the way I like to, which is a plus for me!

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: October 2022

Current odo reading: 920kms

Mileage this month: 178kms

What’s good: Simplified charging

What’s not: Eco mode

Long-Term Report: November 2022 (Start of Term)

TVS IQube S Long Term Report November 2022

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.

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: October 2022

Current odo reading: 742kms

Mileage this month: 165kms

What’s good: Performance, quality

What’s not: Range

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