Bookings for the Vida V1 Plus and V1 Pro were commenced in three cities last year, namely Bengaluru, Delhi and Jaipur. Deliveries have now been started in two out of these three cities – Bengaluru, and more recently, Jaipur. Moreover, Hero MotoCorp’s Chairman and CEO, Pawan Munjal, had also taken delivery of a brand new Vida V1 electric scooter a few days back.
At the Vida V1’s price point, the Indian market already has a range of fairly-well selling electric scooters including the likes of Ola S1 Pro and Ather 450X – the current two of the biggest names in the market. Let’s take a look at what the Vida V1 packs that helps it fend off competition from the likes of Ola S1 and Ather 450 scooters.
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TFT console with switchgear
While all three scooters get a 7-inch TFT digital instrument cluster, it’s the Vida V1 that gets dedicated switchgear for the operation of the touchscreen. The features onboard include turn-by-turn navigation, geo-fencing, anti-theft alert, distance to empty and so on.
Unlike the Ola S1 and Ather 450 scooters, the Vida V1’s battery is removable. You can either charge the scooter on the go at a charging station, use the portable charge, or take out the batteries and charge them at your home with any 5A plug point. If one of the two batteries are drained, you can remove it and plug it for charging while you continue to use the scooter until there’s enough juice on the second one.
The removable batteries could come in handy for someone who doesn’t have a dedicated parking spot for the scooter with an accessible charging point. Moreover, Hero MotoCorp could also offer battery swapping at some point in time, which would help you replace your drained batteries with fully charged ones.
The Vida V1 scooter’s split-seat gets a modular design. There’s storage for the two removable battery packs under the front seat, while there’s a 26-litre under-seat storage cabin under the rear seat. The back panel and the back seat are completely removable, which opens up more space for storing other stuff, thereby converting it into a single seater.
Keyless entry & other features
The Vida V1 gets a car-like keyfob that not only lets you lock and unlock your scooter, you can also access the scooter’s trunk with it. It can also be used to switch on the headlights, as well as tracking the e-scooter. Other features on offer with Hero MotoCorp’s first scooter include LED headlamp, a connected app, cruise control, SOS alert, a two-way throttle and three riding modes – Eco, Ride and Sports.
Hero MotoCorp is offering a BuyBack scheme through which one can avail a buyback of up to 70% of the scooter’s cost after a 16-18 month ownership. The manufacturer is also offering 24×7 roadside assistance, on-site repair within 60 minutes, pick-up and drop service, attractive finance schemes at a 1.5-2% lower interest rate than the market, as well as an industry-leading three-day or a 72 hour test drive schedule!
Would you considering purchasing Hero MotoCorp’s Vida V1 over the Ola S1 and Ather 450 electric scooters? Let us know in the comments down below.