River Indie Vs Rivals : River Indie, Ola S1 Pro, Ather 450X, TVS iQube, Bajaj Chetak, Vida V1 Pro: EV Comparison

At the price of Rs 1.25 lakhs, the River Indie is one of the most affordable electric scooters in its class

River, a Bengaluru-based EV start-up has launched a new electric scooter that epitomises practicality and is referred to as the “SUV of electric scooters”. Comparing the Indie to other EV scooters on our market, it ranks far higher in terms of practicality. For a better POV, this EV has two storage compartments, which have about 55 L of storage combined!

River indie EV

While River Indie excels in terms of practicality, will it be enough to compete against the current rivals in the market..? Let’s take a deeper look at how the ‘River Indie vs rivals’ EV comparison would look like.

River IndieOla S1 ProAther 450XTVS iQube SBajaj ChetakVida V1 Pro
Peak motor output6.7kW8.5kW6.2kW4.4kW4.2kW6kW
Continuous motor outputNA5.5kW3.3kW3kW4kW3.9kW
Torque26 Nm58 Nm26 Nm33 Nm20 Nm25 Nm
Top speed90 kmph116 kmph90 kmph78 kmph69 kmph80 kmph
Battery capacity4 kWh4 kWh3.7 kWh3.04 kWh2.88 kWh3.94 kWh
Claimed range
120 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
Table: River electric scooter vs rivals: specifications comparison

As we can see, the River Indie has the biggest battery among these, along with Ola S1 Pro – a 4kWh battery. It is capable of delivering a decent motor output of 6.7 kW, while the Ola EV surpasses every other electric scooter in this list with 8.5 kW on offer. The Indie also puts out a peak torque of 26 Nm, only an average figure. Despite being the heaviest scooter in this list, the River electric scooter is capable of reaching speeds of up to 90 kmph, with a 120km real-world range. It takes about 5 hours to charge the battery from 0-80%. You have to keep in mind that Ather, Vida and Ola are the only ones which support fast charging.

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River Indie
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 L36 L22 L17 L18 L26 L
River India vs rivals: Dimensions comparison
River Indie

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River Indie is being called the “SUV of electric scooters” for a reason. It has nearly unlimited practical features along with never-heard-before storage capacity. With a boot capacity of 43 L, the Indie is already at the top of the list in terms of boot space. But there is also a 12 L lockable glovebox storage in the front, making 55 L of combined storage space! Indie and the TVS iQube are the only scooters that have twin shock absorbers in the rear, while all the others offer rear Monoshock. The big Indie weighs 135kg, the heaviest in the gang. While some riders will see this as a possible issue, the seat height of the EV is only 770mm, making it easier for riders of short stature to plant their foot on the ground comfortably. The wheels used in the Indie are 14 inchers and also use 120-section tyres in the front and the rear.

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River Indie

Ola 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
Table: River electric scooter vs rivals: price comparison

At an introductory price of Rs 1.25 lakhs, the River Indie is one of the most affordable electric scooters in the market. These prices might vary in the future. The Indie focuses more on the practicality side, which lures a different set of customers.

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