Ampere Nexus launched: All you need to know

Ampere Electric, a company owned by Greaves Cotton, has recently introduced its latest electric scooter in India, the Nexus, marking its most premium offering to date.  The Nexus is the second in-house scooter by Ampere after the Primus model. It is equipped with a 3kWh LFP battery and comes with an introductory price range of Rs 1.1 lakh to Rs 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom). The Ampere Nexus is the production version derived from the NXG concept, initially showcased at Auto Expo 2023. Contrary to the original concept, the Nexus is positioned as a family-friendly scooter with impressive performance capabilities.

Manufactured at the company's facility in Ranipet, Tamil Nadu, the Nexus boasts a 3kWh LFP battery that provides a certified range of 136km. It is powered by a mid-mounted motor generating a peak power of 4kWh, capable of reaching a top speed of 93 kph. Charging the scooter takes around 3.5 hours, although Ampere hasn't specified whether this duration is from 0 to 100 percent. Additionally, the Nexus features a 'Limp home' mode activated when the battery level drops below 20 percent SOC.

In terms of technology, the Nexus offers a choice between a 6.2-inch LCD display or a larger 7-inch color touchscreen display, both controllable through unique handlebar switchgear. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity and full-LED lighting. The scooter includes five riding modes and a hill-hold function for enhanced convenience.

The suspension setup comprises a telescopic front fork and dual rear shock absorbers, ensuring a comfortable ride. Braking duties are handled by a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear, while it rides on 12-inch wheels with 90/90 section tires. Ampere also emphasizes a unique hybrid swingarm design housing the motor drivetrain, resulting in class-leading NVH levels.

In terms of design, the Nexus adopts a clean and elegant appearance tailored to appeal to a wide audience of family-scooter enthusiasts. It is available in four color options: Zanskar Aqua, Lunar White, Steel Grey, and Indian Red.

The Ampere Nexus is offered in two variants, with prices starting at Rs 1.1 lakh for the model equipped with the 6.2-inch LCD screen. The top-tier variant featuring the TFT display is priced at Rs 1.2 lakh. These prices are introductory and subject to an increase of Rs 10,000 at a later stage, although the specific timing hasn't been disclosed yet. Bookings are currently open, and deliveries are scheduled to commence by the end of May through Ampere's extensive network of over 400 outlets nationwide.

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