A few months ago, when the Petrol/Diesel shortage happened in India I decided will buy an electric two-wheeler. Apart from the advantage of driving when Oil is scarce, I thought it will also give the personal satisfaction of being environmentally friendly. Of course, nothing is more “Green” than a bicycle. So about a month and a half back, I purchased the Ultra Velociti (Ultra Motor dot com)- an electric-powered scooter. It runs only on Electricity with no Oil at all, the dealer claims there is nothing to maintain or service in the vehicle other than periodic Tyre Air-Pressure and Battery checks.
Specifications of the scooter (Under Standard Test conditions and a payload of 75 Kg):
- Speed 45 Km/ Hour*
- Range 50 Km/ Charge* (Each full charge takes about 6 hours)
- Vehicle weight 88 Kg
The only dealer I could find in Chennai when I searched was GEE GEE Motors in Royapuram, but they were willing to come down and give a test drive in my office. The scooter on the road including Road Tax, Registration & Insurance costs about Rs. 41,000. After paying the full money I had to wait for nearly 2 weeks before I got the vehicle complete with registration and Number – I don’t like to drive vehicles without a number and insurance.
Having been driving only a car for the last several years, when this scooter arrived it was an experience of “Freedom” for me. I was able to go local shopping in crowded market streets in West Mambalam & T. Nagar easily, without having to worry about parking and traffic. When I am driving this scooter and see the vehicles next to me I feel good that I am not polluting and I am spending negligible money for driving. Though the manual says the maximum load is 120 kg, I was able to ride it myself with my wife and kid comfortably – obviously a bit slower than riding it alone, but nevertheless, you can. The one problem I faced was of charge, the power meter is unreliable – from full, once it drops to half it takes only a few minutes to drop to zero. While it is in this region, it runs in kind of a stop-n-go motion. But this was because I didn’t charge for over a week (though I didn’t drive more than a few kilometres as well), but it will be a wise idea to charge it every few days once – to avoid this problem.
Overall I found it to be a great second vehicle. Can it be the only one? I doubt. I feel the technology, power of the motor and engineering have to undergo one or two more iterations before the first-time two-wheeler purchaser can go for this, selecting this over a motorbike.
Reference: GEE GEE MOTORS, 73, Mannarsamy Koil Street, Royapuram, Chennai.