Hero Splendor Electric Motorcycle Imagined

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Hero MotoCorp recently announced its upcoming EV venture with a new brand name ‘Vida’

Hero Splendor Electric Motorcycle Render
Hero Splendor electric motorcycle render by Vinay Raj Somashekar

Today’s time is a transition period from fossil fuel vehicles to battery powered vehicles. This has resulted in the launch of several new electric vehicle (EV) products in India, especially in the two-wheeler segment. Internal combustion engine vehicles still make up the majority of the total number of vehicles on the road.

Switching to electrical machines that look different won’t be easy. Brand names like Activa, Splendor etc., India’s best-selling two-wheelers, may be getting their own electric versions. These vehicles did not become bestsellers overnight. It took years. Manufacturers would like their best-selling brands to continue with electric versions in the future.

Hero Splendor Electric Motorcycle Render

Automotive Designer Vinay Raj Somashekar has now created a render of the Hero Splendor Electric motorcycle. Vinay says: “The Hero Splendor is the country’s most quintessential motorcycle, period. The look is iconic and timeless. There’s almost nothing arbitrary about the design. Every element feels meaningful and purposeful, and the proportions are just right. ”

“It’s a bit like Maggi Noodles. If they ship Maggi with 10% more garlic tomorrow, the customer will be able to tell the difference and probably won’t accept the new version. The Splendor is something like that. There’s no messing around with it. They (Hero) switched to clear-lens clear multi-reflector halogens in 2004, self-launched in 2010, and the seat was extended slightly in 2020. That’s all. But one day the inevitable has to happen. It (Splendor) should be electric. But how?”

Hero Splendor Electric Motorcycle Render
Hero Splendor electric motorcycle render by Vinay Raj Somashekar

It’s this thought process that led to the interesting new rendering of Hero Splendor Electric. Vinay has managed to retain most of the signature design elements of the gasoline-powered Splendor, save for a few key and obvious variations. For example, the motor and gearbox assembly has been replaced by a battery pack enclosed in a darkened housing.

It gets attractive blue accents on the headlight housing, alloy wheels, center panels and rear fender which create a nice contrast. The stock stainless steel handle has been replaced with a one-piece plastic handle borrowed from HF Deluxe. It gets a slightly modified branding in the form of ‘eSplendor’, while the rear fender gets an ‘Urban’ tag.

In a practical world, some significant changes to Splendor’s structure would have to be made. For example, the down tube chassis would need to be readjusted to accommodate a battery pack and mounting points for the motor. The tank would now contain a charging circuit, main controller and other auxiliary electronics, while the side case would house a motor controller.

Spendor Electrical Specifications

To go into more detail, Hero Splendor Electric motorcycle display here would come with a fixed 4kWh battery pack feeding energy from a 9kW mid-ship mounted electric motor that powers the rear wheels using a silent belt drive. There is also room for a secondary 2kWh battery pack which in all likelihood could be a removable unit. The additional battery pack extends the range from a single charge to 50 percent.

The standard 4 kWh battery pack offers a range of 120 km on a single charge, while with an additional 6 kWh battery this figure increases to 180 km. The charging port is accessible through the fuel tank lid. The illustrator has also defined four different variants of eSplendor including Default, Utility+, Range+ and Range Max with different configurations.

As of now, Hero MotoCorp has not announced any plans to launch Splendor Electric. But there are a few aftermarket solutions. A few months ago, an EV conversion kit for Hero Splendor was launched by a Thane-based EV startup called GoGoA1. This was the first time an EV conversion kit for two-wheelers had been approved by an RTO.

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