The Hero Electric Optima was launched on 16th October 2020 in India. The automobile company had launched three electric scooters in this segment under the City Speed range– Hero Nyx-HX, the Hero Optima-HX, and Hero Photon-HX. The Hero Electric Optima is an eco-friendly electric scooter. It is offered in four variants- the Low-Speed series have Optima LI and Optima LA and the High-Speed series have Optima ER and Optima E5. It is a two-seater scooter that gives a comfortable seating experience even on long drives. The electric scooter is available in three exciting colors- Matte Red, Cyan, and Matte Grey. The Low-Speed series Optima is powered by a BDLC motor of 250W and is available with a Lithium-ion battery and Lead Acid while the High-Speed series Optima is powered by a BDLC hub motor of 600W/1200W. Both the High-Speed series, the Optima E5 comes with a single battery and the ER comes with a dual battery. The battery range of the low-speed series is 50-65 km (based on the battery type). The E5 and ER have a battery range of 55 km and 110 km respectively. Some of the standard features of Hero Electric Optima are Digital speedometer, digital tachometer, fuel gauge, fuel warning indicator, gear indicator, low oil indicator, pillion seat, low battery indicator, digital trip meter type, engine kill switch, clock and more.Read More
The Hero Electric Optima is an unconventional electric scooter that is offered in good red matte paint. The plastic material used in the body is of good quality. The overall design of the scooter is sleek and simple yet quirky. There is a digital console with lots of chrome surrounding it. The console displays battery voltage, speed, battery level, trip meter and an odometer. All four variants have a sleek design and broad comfortable seat. The electric scooter also has dual shock absorbers and telescopic forks at the rear and front respectively. It also has drum brakes.
The hub motor of the E-scooter delivers a power of 550W and a maximum power of 1200W. The Optima delivers a peak power when starting from a standstill or climbing up a hill. It is comfortable to ride on city roads and has a top speed of 45 kmph. The weight of the Hero Electric Optima is 73 kgs and the battery range is 82 km. It is an easy ride a scooter that is quite peppy and smooth for short rides.
The Hero Electric Optima has a regular-sized seat for two people. The electric scooter contributes to a better environment with no or lesser emissions. The battery life is satisfactory for commuting on city roads. The motor warranty of Optima is 3 years. The kerb weight of the scooter is 73 kg which is less in comparison to other petrol scooters. The lightweight scooter is easy to drive in heavy traffic.
The tech features in the Optima makes it a good pick for buyers who wish to commute on city roads. Riders do not need to register the scooter and thus make riding a bike hassle-free. Some of the tech features available in the Hero Electric Optima are Digital Odometer, electric start mechanism, LED headlamp, Digital Trip meter, start/stop button, Bulb tail light, bulb turn signal, digital speedometer, USB charging port, pass light, round charging point, and more.
The Hero Electric Optima claims a range of 70 km. the instrument cluster makes it difficult to keep track of the distance travelled. It is a reliable electric scooter for short trips or local use. A fully charged battery will last between 2-4 years when maintained well. Factors like scooter usage, charging cycle, timely maintenance, charging source and riding conditions affect the battery life. The Optima takes a total of 4-5 hours to charge completely. The battery capacity of Optima is 0.96 kWh. The battery warranty offered is 1 year.
When stuck in traffic, what matters most is how easily you get through it. The Optima gets through tight spaces easily due to its lightweight and perfectly proportionate size. The electric motor generates maximum power on the word ‘Go’, as soon as the traffic lights go green. The electric scooter is smooth and noise-free. No vibration lessens the commuting stress. But due to its lightweight body, the scooter feels unstable on uneven roads. The telescopic front suspension, dual springs, and box swing arm make the ride smooth. The scooter also has enough storage space to fit in a full-face helmet under the seat.
Some of the key features of the Hero Electric Optima that make it a good value for money are digital speedometer, fuel warning indicator, digital tachometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, low oil indicator, engine kill switch, pillion grab rail, pillion seat, low battery indicator, clock, digital trip meter type, USB and Pass Light.The electric scooter is also affordable and the performance is quite impressive on city roads. Thus, it is a good value for money.Read MoreRead Less
Some of the advantages of buying an electric scooter are:
Electric scooters are practical, lightweight, practical, and easy to ride. The standard features of the Hero Electric Optima such as digital odometer, digital speedometer, and pillion grab rail, start/stop button, engine kill switch, low battery indicator and more makes it a good reliable electric scooter. It has a BLDC motor with automatic transmission. The battery capacity is 0.96 kWh and the riding range is 50 km that means it’s a good performer.
The Hero Electric Optima has an electric start mechanism while the Hero Electric Photon has a self-start mechanism only. The battery capacity of both electric scooters is 1200W and 1.872 kWh respectively. Though the motor and battery type is the same in both electric scooters, there is a slight difference in its mileage. The mileage offered in Optima is 42 Kmph while in Photon it is 45 Kmph. The rated power of Optima is 550 W and that of Photon is 1200 W. The Optima is offered in 1 variants and three colors while Photon is available in 1 variant and 3 colors. Photon is more expensive than Optima.
The Hero Electric Optima is economical and good for short trips but not suitable for longer ones. The quality of petrol scooters when looking for travelling longer distances and highways is better than electric scooters in general. It is ideal to ride electric scooters on even and plain roads.
The Hero Electric Optima was announced under the “City Speed” segment of the Hero Motors electric scooters. The other two electric scooters launched alongside the Hero Electric Optima are the Photon-hx and Nyx-hx.
The CEO of Hero Electric India, Mr Sohinder Gill, launched these electric scooters as an affordable and economic option especially for cities that had heavy air pollution like Delhi.
The Optima is regarded as one of the finest electric scooters in the market. The variants available at different prices make it an affordable option for potential buyers.Read MoreRead Less