TVS’s updated iQube S electric scooter joins our long-term fleet and is immediately put to the test.
I had very limited experience with electric two-wheelers until putting this together Mega EV comparison. Along with range testing, performance testing and shooting, I got to spend a few hundred kilometers and a few days with Autocar India’s latest two-wheeler long-term. And I must say, initial impressions have been good.
Our long-term TVS iQube is the mid-spec S variant, finished in Mint Blue paint shade. Now, while I’m not particularly a fan of this color, it’s good that TVS offers you a lot more options than the old iQube, which was only sold in White.
The super silent motor makes for a comfortable commute.
I’m so used to ICE machines, perhaps, that one thing that still surprises me with EVs in general is the lack of sound and vibrations. Just for reference, I was coming to our long-term Royal Enfield Scram before the iQube, so you can imagine how different the experience is between the two. The iQube has an incredibly quiet hub-mounted motor; There’s also none of the noise you associate with EVs anymore. And while some may not be fans of it, I’ve grown to like it. With no sound or vibration, the iQube makes me feel very comfortable and peaceful on what is usually a jam-packed ride.
I also appreciate the fact that unlike the iQube, Ola and Chetak (although it’s not as aggressive as the Ola), it doesn’t cut power when you hit the brakes. This makes weaving in and out of traffic a breeze. I also really like the high-resolution screen, and it’s operated by a joystick, which makes it convenient. However, when the motor switches to region mode and you let off the throttle, the screen changes graphics, and this makes the screen flicker constantly in traffic. This can be quite disturbing, especially in the dark. Switching the display to night mode helps, but unfortunately, it’s something you have to do manually.
The seat is wide and comfortable for most riders.
I’m also happy to report that the seat is nice and comfortable, which took some of the pain out of riding in Mumbai traffic for several hours for the range test. And it’s not just me, even Rishabh, who is healthier than me, found the seat comfortable.
Mirrors look and feel rent is very low.
Build quality is largely good in most areas, but the glass and switchgear feel particularly low-rent. The park assist switch on our scooter also got stuck and required some effort to get it back. I also wish TVS had provided a case for the charger or some way to neatly wrap it up and keep it safe in the boot; At this point the charger rotates in the boot when you go through the bumpers.
The scooter stopped due to a software bug.
These are all niggles, but we had one more serious problem with the iQube in its first few days: the scooter stopped suddenly while Rishabh was walking back home one night. The display showed an error message, suggested we contact roadside assistance, and refused to restart. We took the scooter to a TVS service center which fixed the problem and returned it within five days. According to the service center, the problem was traced to a software bug, which was fixed by a system reboot. Since then, the iQube has covered hundreds of kilometers hassle-free. Hopefully things will remain the same going forward.