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Old 25th November 2016, 11:42   #1
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Default Hero introduces Lectro: Electric pedal-assisted cycle range

Hero Cycles has introduced a new brand of bicycles in India. Named Lectro, this new brand will include a range of electric pedal assisted cycles (EPAC). The Lectro brand was launched in Birmingham, Europe earlier this year. Hero will be officially launching various bicycle models under the Lectro brand in India next year, which will be priced in the range of Rs. 40,000 - Rs. 80,000.

The Lectro range of bicycles will come in various sizes and structures. Models specially designed for children will also be on offer. All bikes will come equipped with a 250 Watt electric motor, which is located in the rear wheel's hub. This motor will be supplied power from a 48 Volt or a 36 Volt battery. Though the range will vary depending upon the model, Hero Cycles claims that most models will be able to cover a distance of 50 kilometres on a single charge.

The level of electric assist required by the rider can be controlled through a small control unit mounted on the handlebar. The assist level can be altered in a range of 0 (off) to 5. All bicycles under the Lectro brand will be limited to a speed of less than 25 km/h to classify them under the category of electric two-wheelers that do not require any registration or license.

The top-end model will also get some advanced features including Bluetooth connectivity and a GPS-based tracking feature. This model will also have the capability to be mildly charged when the rider reverse-pedals.

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What has prevented me from investing in an expensive bicycle is that they are soft targets for thieves and vandals (and also angry dogs but that is a different problem altogether). If these pedal assisted bicycles cannot be registered, they cannot be insured which protects from theft and vandalism.

Such a pity because I'd seriously consider buying an electric pedal-assist bicycle which can be registered and is backed by a good dealership network.
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Default Re: Hero introduces Lectro: Electric pedal-assisted cycle range

I saw a similar bicyle from Hercules in Srirangapatna. A kid was driving around while there was a marathon (kaveri trail marathon) going on. On inclines he used the electric power and on flat surfaces he was doing the pedalling by himself. He was using it pretty easily and I liked it. Not sure of the range and assist modes but could be really good to use on city roads.
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Hero/Hercules bikes are what cyclists call BSO (Bike shaped Objects). They are not cheap to begin with and even costlier to own. They have their share of niggles. The frames are study but very heavy. Things like gears, brakes, suspension and wheels are shoddy.
Better to invest in a good bike and have a care free ownership.

You can get a very good hybrid bike at 40K (with all the hefty import duties and what not).

A good start. But prices need to come down to make it mainstream. An add on kit to modify existing bikes will be a better idea.

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I am cyclist myself. I have failed to understand why a descent bike costs as much as a Scooty or even an Activa!!

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