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Electric scooter reaches Khardung La – World’s highest motorable road

Electric scooter reaches Khardung La

Electrotherm generates awareness on alternative sources of energy and reduction of fuel emissions by taking its electric scooter to the test at Khardung La.

Electrotherm India, the makers of e-scooters under the Yobyke brand has conducted the world’s first Electric Bike journey to Khardung La, located at an altitude of 18,380 ft, the highest motorable road in the world.

The expedition was conducted along with Global Himalayan Expedition, an organization dedicated to the cause of renewable energy and sustainable rural development, to promote clean energy in leading tourist destinations. Two specially customized solar charged Yobyke scooters were put to the test and completed the 80 km long treacherous journey (Leh – Khardung La – Leh) in a matter of 4 hours and 12 minutes.

Electric scooter reaches Khardung La

The electric scooter not only braved harch temperatures, broken roads (or no roads), it also managed to traverse steep climbs.

E-scooters manufactured by Electrotherm Limited, India are called Yobykes. This Solar charged Yobyke scooter is powered by a 1 kW motor with peak carrying capacity of 1.8Kw, ideally suited for terrain in Ladakh. The bikes perform well on a gradient from 4.6 degrees and above. This e-scooter is a complete ‘Made in India’ product in keeping with National Electric Mobility Mission (NEMM) 2020 objectives.

Solar charged Yobyke scooter was introduced at 2015 Ladakh Marathon in a bid to create awareness among youth in the area to rely on alternative to fossil fuel and help in reducing emissions in a region that has recently seen an upsurge of tourism. The number of vehicles in the region is on the increase each year, having a devastating effect on the fragile ecosystem in Ladakh.

The Govt. of India has envisioned increased use of electric vehicles and XEVs by 2020 and the bikes are being tested in Ladakh for a month after which it will be made available for local population.



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  • There is something wrong here… 39km drive…the electric bikes managed constant speed of 30-40kmph for 4 hours … but isnt 4hrs x 35kmph = 140kms… ??!!??

    • Rahul

      I dont think it is possbile to maintain 30-40 kmph constant speed during leh-khardung-leh

      PS – have you ever been to khardung?

  • So the distance they traveled was 39Km or 140Km?… did they take 1 hour or 4 hours?