The ET-120 will be offered by Bangalore based Eko Vehicles.
Developed in collaboration with US based Emerging Technologies
Inc the ET-120 could set the stage to grow a grass-roots hybrid
moto following rather than the trickle-down to the masses
approach you’ll see with the Mission One and Mavizen.
With a tandem 70cc gasoline engine and battery system, you
can expect the power and torque of a 120cc gas-powered engine.
Those specs may be laughable to you against our super-powered
motorcycles, but small displacement motorcycles are a major
mode of transportation throughout much of India. Having a
100-percent increase of hill climbing capability from almost
four-degrees to eight, along with a tripling of fuel economy
is life changing. And with roughly three-fold decrease in
emissions, everyone can start breathing a little easier.
If none of that is surprising, a five-year warranty likely
is. Is there a single bike on the market today with a warrantee
at all let alone for five years? According to their press
release, they wanted to demonstrate “quality is not
sacrificed even at the incredible pricing.” Well I’d
say they got their point across.
It’s not the best looking or highest performing by any
stretch of the imagination, but its getting the job done and
bringing it to the masses. Of course we all think the ET-120
is more “scooter” than “motorcycle”,
but who is going to argue that semantic with over a billion
- By TR Editors
The ET-120 is billed as the first commercial hybrid two-wheeled
vehicle. Designed for the crowded streets and limited budgets
of India, it won't be setting any speed records (it tops out
at 65 kilometers per hour), but the price is right at less
than $1,000. Electrical energy is stored in lead-acid batteries,
and the bike gets 120 kilometers per liter of gas, compared
with about 25 to 75 kilometers per liter for conventional