Hero MotoCorp, as part of its plunge into the hybrid two-wheeler segment, is to roll out its electric serial hybrid scooter Leap in February 2015. To be made at Hero’s Gurgaon plant, An annual production figure of 6,000 units is what is estimated and, depending on demand, this could see a spike.
The Leap, a prototype of which was first shown at Auto Expo 2012, was in a pre-production ready stage in January this year when Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO, announced, “The Leap will be first launched in the global markets, mainly the western geographies and then brought to India.” The aim was to first check out the response in overseas markets before testing the Indian market. Hero MotoCorp, which is already exporting its existing crop of two-wheelers to some markets in Africa and Latin America, will tap developed markets like Europe and USA for the Leap. In addition, a new ‘low-cost 100-cc motorcycle’ (codenamed CP1) will be launched in mid-July in volumes of 300,000 annually. It will be a derivative of the Hero HF Dawn.
The company claims that the Leap’s permanent magnet AC (PMAC) traction motor helps it churn out a maximum torque of 60Nm, that is available from standstill. The top-speed of the Leap is 100Km/h while running with the range extender.
The hybrid scooter comes shod with regenerative braking for better stability when braking hard. It will come with Fuel-injection so cold morning starts are taken care off as well. Hero claims that the leap will have a range of about 340-350 kilometres upon combining petrol and electric modes and we believe that is pretty good too. Hero has now started to show its prowess in the two wheeler department and what all it has in store.