Top electric 3W cargo vehicles in L5 Category

This write-up is an excerpt from EVreporter’s report on Overview of electric 3Ws in India’s last-mile delivery space‘. Click here to download.

Categorization of electric 3Ws

There are two categories of electric three-wheelers used in cargo applications, defined as follows:

L5N – A three-wheeled motor vehicle with a maximum speed exceeding 25 kmph and motor power exceeding 0.25 kW. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is limited to 1500 kg (excluding the weight of traction batteries).

L3 or e-carts – Speed less than 25km/h and motor power less than 2 kW. Such vehicles are constructed or adapted for carrying goods by providing a separate load body or compartment with the maximum weight 310 kg in addition to driver.

Qualification CriteriaL5L3
Top Speed> 25 km/h 25 km/h
Motor Power> 250 W< 2000 W
Electric 3W for Cargo Applications | Categorisation ref ARAI documents

Top electric 3W cargo models in L5 Category

At present, there are a handful of options available in L5 category of electric three-wheelers. Topmost are listed below:

GMW Taskman SmartAuto

Taskman from Hyderabad Based Gayam Motor Works is easily the most popular model in L5 category of electric 3Ws for cargo applications with total sales of about 5000 vehicles, of which more than 1000 vehicles have been sold in the domestic market. It is also India’s first electric 3W to be powered by Li-Ion battery with swapping system. 

GMW Taskman
Taskman SmartAuto L5

The vehicle comes with a 1-year warranty and offers a gradability of 20%, that can come handy while negotiating ramps and flyovers. The company counts the likes of Amazon, Flipkart, BigBasket, Grofers, NinjaCart, Delhivery and a few logistics players as its clients and has an order book for 4000+ vehicles from its existing customers.

GMW Taskman SmartAuto L5Specifications
Motor4.5 kW
BatteryLi-ion, 7 kWh
Charging Time3 hours
Top Speed55 km/h
Range110 km
Max Payload500 kg
Starting PriceINR 2,90,000

GMW is currently reported to be working on 4W cargo vehicles with higher payload capacity and volume.

Also Read: Financing models for Electric 3Ws

Kinetic Safar Star MSV 400

Launched in Oct 2019, Kinetic Safar Star MSV 400 is the first vehicle in L5 Cargo category from Kinetic Green. The vehicles are being manufactured at Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Kinetic-safar-star
Kinetic Safar Star 400 L5
Kinetic Safar Star 400 MSV L5Specifications
Motor1.5 kW
BatteryLi-ion, 4.5 kWh
Charging Time3 hours
Max Speed40 km/h
Range65 km
Payload400 kg
Starting PriceINR 2,38,000

The starting price indicated in the table above is after FAME 2 subsidy of INR 59,500. The vehicle offers a gradability of 10 degrees and comes with a warranty period of 3 years or 40,000 km for its motor, controller, chases and battery. DC-DC converter and battery charger will be covered under warranty for one year.

Kinetic Green is reported to be working on developing electric 2Ws and LCVs.

Also Read: A case for last-mile deliveries using EVs| Gati and IKEA

Li-ions Elektrik

Li-ions Elektrik is based out of Gurugram and its L5 vehicles have been making last-mile deliveries for the last 3 years. 

Li-ions Elektrik L5
Li-ions Elektrik L5Specifications
Motor2 kW
BatteryLi-ion, 6.6 kWh
Charging Time4 hours
Top Speed40 km/h
Range60-70 km
Max Payload500 kg
Starting PriceNot Available

The company has collected vehicular data from its vehicles under operation across 20 cities and uses those inputs in further product planning and development. 

VidhyutEV C1

Head-quartered at Surat, VidhyutEV offers its C1 model in L5 category. Alongside leading e-commerce players, the vehicle is being used by Self-help groups in Jharkhand and Chattisgarh and also have been procured by Orissa government.

Vidhyut C1
Vidhyut C1 L5
Kalinga Ventures / Vidhyut C1 L5Specifications
Motor2.4 kW
BatteryLi-ion, 6.6 kWh
Charging Time4 – 4.5 hours
Top Speed40 km/h
Range60-70 km
Max Payload400 kg
Starting PriceNot Available
Omega Seiki Singha Max (to be launched in 2020)

Omega Seiki unveiled two models of its electric 3Ws for cargo application at AutoExpo 2020, called Singha and Singha Max. Deb Mukherji, the MD of the company informed EVreporter that the launch for B2B customers was planned for May but has been postponed to August 2020 given the COVID impact. The company will launch Singha Max at that time, followed by Singha a couple of months later.

Watch: Dr Deb Mukherji talks about specifications and launch plans of Singha Max

Singha Max
Singha Max L5
Omega Seiki Singha Max L5Specifications
Motor6 kW
BatteryLi-ion, 10.5 kWh
Charging Time3 hours
Top Speed60 km/h
Range100 km
Max Payload460 kg
Starting PriceINR 3,60,000
Altigreen electric 3W L5 Cargo (expected to launch in 2020)

Altigreen Propulsion Labs is in the process of getting their electric 3W certified by ARAI. The company recently shared a demo video of their electric loader climbing up a steep incline with a 425 kg payload. Here are the base specifications of the upcoming vehicle.

Altigreen e-3W Cargo L5Specifications
Motor9 kW
Charging Time4 hours
Max Speed53 km/h
Range120 km
Payload500 kg

Amitabh Saran – CEO, Altigreen shares that their vehicles will compete in both price and performance to their combustion counterparts and suitable customization will be available for specific use cases.

Companies like Euler Motors, 3ev, Keto Motors, Bajaj and other leading OEMs are also reported to be working on bringing their L5 electric 3Ws to market soon.

Disclaimer: The vehicles specifications mentioned in the article have been reproduced from respective company websites or published as received from official company representatives.

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