As the government pushes India to adopt electric mobility, a strong demand for electric conversion kits for existing ICE vehicles is expected to grow.
In September last year, the Mumbai-based GoGo A1 launched an electric conversion kit for the Hero Splendor. The kit costs Rs. 35,000 without batteries, and Rs. 95,000 with a battery pack (which provides the claimed range of 151km). This kit has already received RTO approval, and now, we can confirm that it is also equivalent to ARAI.
To install the GoGo A1’s electric conversion kit, users will need to bring their motorcycle to the company’s installation workshop, which is spread across 36 RTO locations across the country. This is a complete legal kit, which means buyers will be able to get insurance for converted motorcycles.
EV conversion will require re-registration by the local RTO. The registration number will remain the same, but a new green number plate will be provided. Such conversion kits are expected to become more common, as India seeks to gradually phase out ICE vehicles, reducing the number of tailpipe emissions on the road. Northway Motorsports also sells a few EV conversion kits, but only for cars and small commercial vehicles.
The GoGo A1’s EV kit has a 2 kW electric motor mounted on the rear wheel hub with a maximum power of 3.94 kW. It is fed by a 2.8 kWh battery pack, which gets a regenerative braking system. The kit also includes other components, such as a DC-DC converter, new accelerator wiring, a key switch with controller box, a new swingarm, and more.
It should be noted that this kit has only been approved for Hero Splendor (since 1997 model year). The Splendor is the most popular motorcycle in the Indian market, which makes it a suitable choice for this type of technology. EV conversion kits are a practical solution to provide electrical mobility to the public, and we hope that more such kits will be available soon.
The electric two-wheeler market in India is growing, with many new models waiting to be introduced. As EV charging infrastructure is growing across India, we expect electric vehicles to become mainstream soon.