River Indie Just Launched: Comparing Top Features with its Competitors

CalenderPublished at February 27, 2023 by BikeJunction
River Indie Just Launched: Comparing Top Features with its Competitors

River, a Bangalore-based EV start-up, has recently launched its new electric scooter - Indie. The e-scooter comes with a price tag of Rs 1,25,000, and the company has already started taking bookings for the same. So, let’s compare this new addition to the market with the existing similar models that it will compete with!

River Indie vs Competitors: Electric Motor, Battery & Charging

River IndieOla S1 ProAther 450XTVS iQube SBajaj ChetakVida V1 Pro
Peak motor output6.7kW8.5kW6.2kW4.4kW4.2kW6kW
Continuous motor outputNA5.5kW3.3kW3kW4kW3.9kW
Rated torque26 Nm58 Nm26 Nm33 Nm20 Nm25 Nm
Claimed top speed90 kph116 kph90 kph78 kph69 kph80 kph
Battery capacity4 kWh4kWh3.7kWh3.04kWh2.88kWh3.94kWh
Claimed ARAI range/world range120 km (real-world)181 km (ARAI)146 km/105 km100 km (ARAI)90 km (ARAI)165 km/95 km
Charging time0-80% in 5 hrs0-100% in 6hr30min0-80% in 4hr30min0-80% in 4hr30min0-100% in 4hr0-80% in 5hr55min

As the table above suggests, River Indie gets ahead of all its competitors with the largest battery while claiming a real-life range of 120 KM. While this number might seem lower than others, you should consider that the numbers are ARAI Certified.

River Indie’s peak power output and torque match closely with Ather 450 X and its claimed top speed of 90 kmph. And lastly, Indie’s charging time also matches with its other competitors. However, Ather, Vida and Ola do come with the option of fast charging, which seems to be missing in Indie.

River Indie vs Competitors: Dimensions & Underpinnings

River IndieOla S1 ProAther 450XTVS iQube SBajaj ChetakVida V1 Pro
Seat height770mm792mm780mm770mm762mm780mm
Ground clearance165mm165mm153mm157mm160mm155mm
Weight135 kg (approx.)125 kg111.6 kg118.8 kg133 kg125 kg
Suspension (f/r)Telescopic fork/Twin shock absorbersSingle fork/MonoshockTelescopic fork/MonoshockTelescopic fork/Twin shock absorbersLeading link/MonoshockTelescopic fork/Monoshock
Brakes (f/r)240mm disc/200mm disc220mm disc/180mm disc200mm disc/190mm disc220mm disc/130mm drum200mm disc/130mm drum190mm disc/130mm drum
Tyres (f/r)120/70-14/120/70-14110/70-R12/110/70-R1290/90-12 / 100/80-1290/90-12 / 90/90-1290/90-12 / 90/90-1290/90-12 / 100/80-12
Boot space43 litres36 litres22 litres17 litres18 litres26 litres

The River Indie features the longest wheelbase and probably overall weight. Among all, it is the only e-scooter to have 14-inch wheels with 120-section rubber on either end. Furthermore, it features the largest disc brakes among the lot. And while the weight might look like a lot, given its 770mm seat height, it should allow short riders to get their feet on the road effortlessly.

River Indie and TVS iQube S share a twin shock absorber setup in the rear, while the front has a mono-shock suspension setup. But where Indie takes all the spotlight is its unmatched storage capacity of a 43-litre boot with a 12-litre lockable front cubby, giving the scooter a total of 55 litres storage capacity.

River Indie vs Competitors: Features

BlueTooth connectivity with coloured displays remains available in all the mentioned e-scooter models. However, Indie features a segmented LCD Unit in place of the TFT dash. As of now, Ather 450XOla S1 Pro and Bajaj Chetak are the only electric scooter featuring hill hold functions. While iQube S doesn’t have that, it features a parking brake lever claspRiver Indie features none, but it comes with extendable rider footpegscrash guards, and built-in pannier mounts.

Indie further features a range of practical accessories, including a pair of side cases that can hold 40 litres and a 25 litres top box. It further features a centre stand like V1 ProOla S1 Pro and Chetak. The Hero Vida V1 Pro also has a removable battery feature that can be split into 2 separate packs.

The River Indie comes with 3 riding modes - Eco, Ride & Rush. It boasts a top speed of 55 kmph in Eco, and with Ride and Rush mode, it can achieve up to 90 kmph top speed.

River Indie vs Competitors: Price in India

River IndieOla S1 ProAther 450XTVS iQube SBajaj ChetakVida V1 Pro
PriceRs 1.25 lakhRs 1.3 lakhRs 1.58 lakhRs 1.22 lakhRs 1.52 lakhRs 1.59 lakh

Looking at the pricing of all the models, River Indie comes out as the most affordable electric scooter out of the lot. Indie is currently only sold in Bengaluru, but the company plans to expand to 50 cities by 2024. Each E-scooter targets its customers with different approaches from conventional petrol scooters, and River Indie is no different. It focuses practically upon performance or a long list of additional features.

We recently covered River Indie’s recent launch and everything the electric scooter is equipped with. Read about River’s first E-scooter launched at 1.25 lakh in India now.

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