TVS, India’s third largest two-wheeled manufacturer and partner to BMW, has unveiled its all-new Zeppelin Hybrid concept at Auto Expo 2018.
In short, it’s a belt-driven hybrid motorcycle, driven by a 220cc single-cylinder endothermic engine, which kicks out 20bhp at 8,500 rpm and 18.5 Nm of maximum torque at 7,000 rpm – to which its regenerative electric ‘E-Boost’ motor can deliver an additional 20% more torque.
In fact, TVS has even patented the Zeppelin’s integrated starter generator system which comprises of a 1200W (1.6PS) electric generator and a 48V lithium-ion battery that is charged via the motor. The technology is similar to the SHVS system seen in select Maruti Suzuki cars. But unlike the Suzuki, TVS claims its system will boost both performance and fuel efficiency.
Another interesting addition is the HD action-camera which integrated into the headlamp housing. It’s a great idea, when you consider the widespread use of action cams – and it also opens up new avenues for camera-based navigation.
And best of all – it looks close to production ready. Sure, it looks a little futuristic, but the vast majority of its components can be seen on other TVS motorcycles. The front forks, the front brake setup and the switchgear have all been borrowed from the Apache RR 310. And this means that TVS could launch a production version as early as the end of this year or early next year…though it’s likely that there will be a few changes to the TVS Zeppelin Concept, as it attempts to present a worthy alternative to the Bajaj Avenger 220 range and the Suzuki Intruder 150.