Who got these gadgets on road in India??
Electrotherm India Ltd., the promoter of the YObykes in India, is the leader in metallurgical equipment field. Established in 1982, Electrotherm has built a wide range of Electric Furnaces and revolutionised Steel Making, Melting and Refining in India.
Whats so special about it?
Y0-BYKE runs on Battery and is the most economical two-wheeler in the world. Cheapest to buy, cheapest to run and cheapest to maintain! For a Y0-bike that costs less than the cheapest petrol scooter, having Self-start, almost zero maintenance cost and almost zero running cost, and totally zero fear, this performance is FANTASTIC.
This top model Y0-SMART costing INR 29,000/- is the best and most socially acceptable model. It has some lockable space under the seat to keep your stuff. It is very comfortable. People won’t even know that it is an E-bike or Y0-BYKE. There is no self-start button. Just insert the key and turn it, and twist the accelerator. The bike will move absolutely silently. You won’t even know…The best thing i liked about this bike (besides the above points) was the ‘Cruise Control’ feature.This is a unique operational mode provided in some YObykes, which is not available currently in any Indian 2-wheeler. In this mode you can really enjoy the ride, especially on smooth and low traffic roads. One has to start the vehicle rolling in Auto Power mode and then select the required speed. Once the speed is attained, the switch on the right hand side handle-bar can be pressed and Cruise Control mode can be activated. Now the vehicle will keep moving at the same speed without using the accelerator, till the brakes are applied or the mode is changed by pressing the switch.
The rear wheel of the vehicle is driven either by an electric brush motor or a brushless hub motor. The drive is usually direct. The variation in speed – acceleration or deceleration, is done through electronic accelerator which sends electronic signals through motor controller to the hub motor. This enables the rider to precisely and smoothly control speed. The motor controller acts as the ‘brain’ of EV and incorporates sophisticated electronic technology. The accelerator is located on the right hand side grip of the handle bar, similar to petrol vehicles. Brake levers are provided on both sides of the handle-bars as in non-geared petrol vehicles. An additional safety feature is that on applying brake, the power supply to motor is cut off. Battery supplies the energy and therefore can be termed as ‘fuel tank’. The battery is suitably located on the vehicle, keeping in mind weight distribution, balance, etc. One full charge provides a ride of about 50 kms depending on riding conditions, weight carried and slope climbing, etc. YObykes operate with 36/48 volts system. Conversion of electrical energy into mechanical energy with high efficiency, precise control of speed and smooth drive, without energy loss is achieved by hi-tech application of electrical and electronic engineering.
Excellent piece of work there.. I havent had a fine test-ride, but my neighbour has purchased the YO-Smart version and is pretty happy about it.
We should be seeing more of these on the roads now i think !
Checkout Dilip’s review of the bike :: http://www.indiabike.com/infobank/yobike_dilip/index.htm
I keep getting queries for dealers addresses in Pune or otherwise in India. all the details for the buyers throughout India are on this URL:
Where to Buy Yo-Byke in India Also pease go through the Buyers Guide.pdf which contains useful information.