BGauss India has launched the D15 Electric scooter. It is available in two variants — D15i and D15Pro. The difference between the two is that the D15i gets a single lithium-ion battery, while the latter gets an additional valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery.
It is powered by a hub mounted 3.1kW PMSM motor that develops 110Nm of peak torque. There are three modes — Eco, Sport and Reverse. BGauss claims the scooter can accelerate from 0-40kph in 7sec in Sport mode and hit a top speed of 60kph. The top speed falls to 50kph in Eco mode.
The BGauss D15i variant has an IP67 rated, removable, 3.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack that takes five-and-a-half hours to fully charge, whereas charging up to 80% takes four hours. An optional fast charger brings the time taken to fully charge the battery down to 90 minutes. The scooter has an ARAI-certified range of 115km in a single charge.
While the BGauss D15 Pro variant has the same lithium-ion battery as the D15i, with the same charging times, it also gets a secondary VRLA battery.
The BGauss D15 has a retro-ish design with a round headlight, a compact front apron and almost flat side panels. The scooter has a full metal body for better sturdiness and durability, according to BGauss.
Underneath the bodywork, there is a tubular steel chassis, suspended by a telescopic fork at the front and three-step adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear. The scooter rides on 16-inch wheels and braking duties are taken care of by drum brakes at both ends with CBS.
In terms of features, the scooter gets all-LED lights, smartphone connectivity that through a dedicated app offers facilities such as remote immobilisation, firmware updates, geo fencing, incoming call alert, navigation and more.
The BGauss D15i is priced at ₹ 1 lakh while the D15 Pro costs ₹ 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi, after FAME-II subsidies). Customers can book the scooter by paying ₹ 500, online or at any BGauss dealership. Deliveries will begin in June and the company offers a 3 years/ 36,000km warranty with the scooter.