Chinese electric two-wheeler brand Benling will introduce a new scooter very soon, reports BikeDekho. The new product will reportedly arrive by next month and compete with the likes of the Ather 450 in our market.
The upcoming electric two-wheeler will pack retro-styling and, with its matte black paint, it looks a near replica of the Vespa Notte. The front fascia includes a handlebar-mounted spherical headlight, apron mounted blinkers and a body-coloured fender. The round rearview mirrors enhance its retro looks. The cockpit comprises a digital instrument console that will benefit from GPS and IoT (internet of things) as optional extras. There will also be a limp home mode type feature that will allow the rider to travel 15-20 km in case of a breakdown.
The storage solutions of the Benling Aura include a front box (near the footboard), an underseat storage and a luggage rack at the rear. The saddle looks spacious enough to accommodate two adults comfortably. The pillion footrest setup is integrated into the footboard. The back of the scooter includes a boxy shaped taillight, clear cover blinkers and a number plate illuminator. The vehicle also features a couple of reflector at the back that sits next to the rear number plate.
Hardware specifications include telescopic front forks and twin-sided rear springs to perform the shock absorption duties. Anchoring power comes from disc brakes on both wheels. The scooter rides on 12-inch alloy wheels that come shod in 90/90-18 section tubeless tyre.
The Aura uses a 2500W, 72V brushless electric motor that is fed by a 72V/40Ah lithium-ion battery. The motor can propel the scooter to a top speed of 60 km/h, while the battery pack offers a claimed range of 120 km. A wall-mounted socket can recharge the battery pack in three hours.
The source report claims that the Benling Aura will benefit comply with FAME-II guidelines and benefit from the subsidy. The new electric vehicle is likely to cost close to the INR 90,000 (ex-showroom). It will be reportedly joined by another Benling vehicle by November this year. The second product, christened ‘Believe’, is likely to carry a more competitive price tag than the Aura.