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Hero South Africa Goes Electric!

The electric revolution in personal transport continues apace and the latest milestone has come courtesy of Hero MotoCorp. A Hero Vida EV scooter has entered the Guinness Book of Records by covering 1,780 km in 24 hours in a test organised by Autocar India magazine. Of more relevance to South Africa, the new Vida will be arriving here in the very near future.

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The Hero Vida EV scooter has a regulated battery management system and meets the Euro5 sustainability standards, making it one of only a few Euro5-compliant electric models in South Africa suitable for commercial and personal use.

Hero has been producing sustainable EVs for many years and they provide their technology and battery management system to major EV brands in Europe, which has some of the strictest regulations around battery life, fire prevention and resistance, charging and recycling.

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Of course, it’s all very well having an electric vehicle but it’s not much use if the charging infrastructure is not in place. Hero will be partnering with corporates to build Solar Charging systems throughout South Africa at many and varied locations. The batteries on the Vida are swappable and can be charged in the home or office although the irony is not lost on Hero, given the state of electricity supply to private and corporate users at the present time. Hence the push for solar charging capability.

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The Vida will be available in a number of configurations for both personal and commercial use and will boast features not normally found on an EV scooter.

These include:

  • Multiple charging solutions
  • Reverse gear
  • Guaranteed buyback
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Remote immobilisation
  • Vehicle diagnostics
  • SOS alert button
  • Five-year vehicle warranty
  • Three-year battery warranty
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Smartphone pairing via 7-inch TFT dash, iOS and Android compatible

Customers will be able to configure their Vida scooter according to their needs and budget and there will be multiple purchase options, from rental to fully financed.

For more information, contact Hero Motorcycles SA.

Staff Writer
Staff Writer
Compiled by the ZA Bikers team.