Spotting of TVS’ electric scooter test mule gave us a clear idea on what to expect from the manufacturer’s Auto Expo 2018 stall. Late last year, the company’s top management went on record to confirm that the EV will go on sale somewhere around mid 2018. We have learnt from our sources that the green vehicle in question could go by the name ‘Proto’.
The TVS Proto will be the two wheeler brand’s second attempt at the electric scooter segment (the first one being the Scooty Teenz). Going by the previous spy pictures, the Proto appears to be a full size premium electric scooter aiming to realize the first mover’s advantage in the new category. Of course, there are several electric scooters in the Indian market but this would be the first full-fledged attempt by a main stream manufacturer.
TVS Motor Co. is known for its strong R&D department and we expect the running gear to have been fully developed in-house. Technical details like type of motor, battery, and the performance figures are still under wraps but we expect at least some specs to be released at the Auto Expo.
Likely to be positioned as a premium offering, the TVS Proto would come with digital instrument console, telescopic front forks, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, and quite possibly, an option of front disc brake. The Proto is expected to share several components with TVS’ existing portfolio of automatic scooters while sporting a distinct styling.
With the Indian government poised to promote electric vehicles, it’s imperative for all the two-wheeler OEMs to be ready with EV offerings in the near future. TVS clearly is leading the game as things stand now.
Apart from the Proto electric scooter, TVS is expected to showcase a couple more and launch few. Ntorq 125 debut and launch is to take place on 5th Feb in Chennai, after which it will be showcased at the Auto Expo. New gen Apache 160, Apache 180, and Graphite 125.
Images below are of another TVS scooter, which is still under development.