Storm Motors, a Mumbai based startup has today unveiled a new electric car in budget segment. It is a compact, two-door electric vehicle costing at just Rs. 3 Lakh. The company calls this car Strom R3. It comes in three variants – R3 Pure, R3 Current and R3 Bolt. The car will go on sale later this year.
Strom R3 Pure and Strom R3 Current come with standard range of up to 80 km that is also upgradable. The Storm R3 Bolt comes with a range of up to 120 km as standard. The car comes with a 13 kW (17.4 bhp) high-efficiency motor capable of developing 48 Nm of peak torque.
The normal charger can fully charge the car in about 6-8 hours but the fast charger can charge it up to 80% in just 2 hours.
It has two front wheels and a single rear wheel. So, it looks weird. Not sure why they didn’t go with 4 wheel system. I talked to over 10 people and none liked the design just because this single rear wheel. One of the response I received was “I wouldn’t like to get laughed at every-time, I use this?”
It measures 2,907 mm in length, 1,450 mm in width, and 1,572 mm in height. It as 2,012 mm wheelbase. The car is made of high-strength steel space-frame chassis and gets 12-inch alloy wheels. It uses hydraulic disc brakes for the front wheels and a drum brake for the rear wheel.
It comes in four color options – Electric Blue, Neon Blue, Red and Black.
The car comes with a small cabin where 2-3 passengers including dive can sit. The company gives you an option to choose from either two captain seats or a single bench seat.
The car gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with customisable user interface and voice control. It also has FM/USB system with optional 20 GB onboard music storage, WiFi/3G data connectivity and maps with navigation support. The car also comes with remote keyless entry, parking assist, rear camera, air conditioner with climate control, power windows, and 3 point seatbelts.
This car will go on sale by November 2018. The company has already received 30 pre-orders. The company has not yet received ARAI approval. After getting the approval, they will start official test drives.
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