The TVS iQube is an electric scooter from a legacy manufacturer that competes with the Ather 450X from Ather Energy, an EV start-up that has been making waves since its founding in 2013. Here’s our take on a fascinating electric vehicle (EV) comparison between the two.
The TVS iQube is the first electric vehicle from a legacy company, TVS Motor Company. A well-known manufacturer of well-engineered two-wheelers. And the Ather 450X is the flagship product of Ather Energy, an electric vehicle start-up that has gone on to set new benchmarks in the EV segment, and is known for being a reliable and well-engineered product with all of the features you’d expect from a modern EV. As a result, we’ve set the stage for a fun side-by-side comparison of the two. Are both of these scooters comparable in terms of performance, practicality, and comfort? Is there another story to be told here? That’s exactly what we’re about to discover!
Detailed Technical Information
|Specifications||2022 TVS iQube (Base variant)||Ather 450X|
|Rated / Peak Power||3 kW / 4.4 kW||3.3 / 6 kW|
|Rated / Peak Torque||33 Nm / 140 Nm||26 Nm|
|Battery||Lithium Ion – 3.04 kWh||Lithium Ion – 2.9 kWh|
|Range||Eco – 100 km / Sport – 75 km||Eco – 85 km / Ride – 70 km|
|Top speed||78 kmph||80 kmph|
|0-40 kmph||4.2 seconds||3.3 seconds|
|0-80% charging||4 hours 30 minutes (650 watt charger)||3 hours 35 minutes (Ather Dot)|
First, let’s take a look at the TVS iQube. It was recently updated, and we had the base variant with us, which only has an extended range of up to 100 kilometers instead of 75 kilometers previously, and TVS claims that the figure is real-world. In addition, the battery pack size has increased from 2.25 kWh to 3.04 kWh on the new model. The Ather 450X has been on the market for more than a year. In eco mode, it has a 2.9 kWh battery pack with a true range of 85 kilometers. This is roughly 15 kilometers less than the iQube. On the surface, the TVS iQube has a larger battery and a longer range.
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Since its launch, the TVS iQube has only been available in one color: white. Now, both the TVS iQube standard and the TVS iQube are available in a variety of colors, but we still have the white color test scooter. The iQube’s base variant now comes in ‘Shining Red’ and ‘Titanium Grey’ colors, in addition to white. While the design may appear’safe’ to some, we think the iQube looks great. It not only has a more attractive appearance than the Ather 450X, but it also has a much broader appeal. The top-notch build quality and excellent fit and finish round out the package.
The Ather 450X, on the other hand, is unquestionably the sexier, sportier-looking scooter. The 450X has a nice, hip look thanks to the exposed frame under the seat, futuristic design, and sharp lines. The colors available are also attractive, and we particularly like the Mint Green color that our test scooter arrived in.
Yes! We’re not trying to be politically correct here; design is subjective. Preetam prefers the look of the iQube, while I prefer the 450X; could this have anything to do with our age? You never know what might happen.
Features and Technology
The TVS iQube receives a slew of new features with the update, but none of them are available on the base variant we tested. The TVs have a 5-inch color TFT display, Bluetooth connectivity, and features such as geo-fencing and turn-by-turn navigation. A USB charger is included, as well as full LED lighting and two riding modes: Eco and Power. On the iQube, TVS also includes a low-speed reverse assist feature.
When it comes to features, however, the Ather 450X has a clear advantage. It has SIM-based connectivity, which means it has a wide range of connectivity options. A 7-inch full-color TFT touchscreen is also included as standard. There’s also built-in navigation and full LED lighting, as well as a reverse assist feature and over-the-air updates. The Ather 450X comes with a tyre pressure monitoring system as an option.
Dynamic and Performance
On the move, the Ather clearly outperforms the others. It has more riding modes than many petrol-powered scooters, including eco, ride, sport, and a performance-oriented warp mode, which may outperform many petrol-powered scooters in terms of sheer initial acceleration. It’s lightning fast right off the bat. It certainly has enough performance to put the iQube to shame. However, if you’re looking for a calm and relaxed outing with your electric scooter, the iQube is the way to go. The iQube is a smooth performer as well, but it prioritizes rider comfort over outright performance.
The Ather 450X is almost a second faster than the iQube in the claimed 0-40 kmph acceleration run. However, if the performance aspect is ignored, the iQube appears to have a more planted feel, better ride quality, and plush suspension. The iQube feels much more planted in corners, giving you a lot more confidence.
The Ather has the dynamics to back up its sporty personality, but show it some bad roads, or no roads, and it’s clear that the stiff ride quality is the chink in its armour. On the other hand, the iQube provides a well-damped and comfortable ride, even on dirt roads. It has a wider footboard, which allows you to sit more comfortably, a wider seat, and, as previously stated, excellent suspension and ride quality. On many levels, the iQube outperforms the Ather across a wide range of surfaces.
MRF tyres come standard on the Ather, while TVS tyres come standard on the iQube, and it is the TVS tyres that are grippier and give you more confidence when taking corners. Both scooters are capable handlers, but the iQube will make you feel more at ease if you need to go fast around a corner.
The iQube’s braking is sharper, better, and more progressive than the 450X’s. That isn’t to say the brakes on the Ather 450X aren’t good; they are, and they have plenty of bite, but they are rear biased. The rear brake tends to lock up a lot more if you use the left lever. The iQube, on the other hand, provides sure-shot stopping power.
In terms of charging times, the 450X takes less time than the iQube. On the Ather Dot, the 450X takes about 3 hours and 35 minutes to charge fully, while the TVS takes up to 4 hours and 30 minutes with a 650-watt charger. The strange thing is that the charger is not included with the iQube and must be purchased separately for approximately $9450.
Ather also offers the Ather Grid network, which can be used to charge your scooter. Ather grid currently has over 350 charging stations in 30 cities across India. The Ather electric scooters are charged at a rate of 1.5 km per minute until they are 80 percent full. TVS, on the other hand, does not have its own charging network, but the iQube is sold in showrooms that have charging stations. Otherwise, charging must be done at home or at a public charger.
|Variant||On-Road Delhi Price||Charger Cost||Total Price|
|TVS iQube Standard||₹ 99,130||₹ 9,450||₹ 1,08,580|
|Ather 450X||₹ 1,44,051||(Charger Cost Included)||₹ 1,44,051|
After FAME-II and state subsidies, the standard model of the TVS iQube we tested costs 99,130 on the road, while the Ather 450X costs 1,44,051, which is the on-road price in Delhi after all subsidies. As a result, the on-road prices of the two vehicles differ by about 35,471.
When it comes to the current electric scooter market, you have to give Ather Energy credit for setting the bar with the Ather 450X. Great performance, incredible features, excellent build quality, a navigation touch screen instrument console, and, of course, a youthful appearance. Overall, we believe this is a well-rounded product that you should consider if you are currently shopping for an electric scooter. It performs well, looks good, and has all of the features you require. On top of that, you have access to the Ather Grid network, which means that if you are riding in the city and run out of power, you can simply go to any of the Ather grid charging points and charge up while sipping a cup of coffee.
The TVS iQube, on the other hand, is an electric scooter that is more practical, comfortable, and provides you with peace of mind while on the move. It’s a nice-looking scooter that moves well, has a smooth ride, and is the better of the two in terms of ride quality. The iQube has a plush suspension, good build quality, and is also less expensive, by a significant margin. So, in terms of the overall package, both have their advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to you, the customer, to decide which design and features you want to go with. Both scooters, in our opinion, are excellent buys if you’re looking for an electric scooter with a good range and features. The TVS iQube is the more practical of the two, with better range and comfort, whereas the Ather 450X delivers explosive performance and a slew of features for the techie.