Bengaluru startup launching a Yamaha Neo-lookalike electric scooter in India soon

Could the River electric scooter be a more practical alternative to the Ola S1 lineup of scooters?

Highlights
  • Bengaluru-based EV startup River was found testing its upcoming electric scooter 
  • The River electric scooter mimics the front end of the Yamaha Neo electric scooter with its twin-pod LED DRL setup
  • This EV will get unique design features such as front foot pegs, crash guards, clip-on handlebars and LCD instrumentation

Bengaluru-based EV startup, River, is gearing up for the launch of its new electric scooter in the India and it has been spotted on test yet again. The scooter seems to have been designed with practicality and comfort in mind and adopts a commuter-friendly stance. The spy shots also reveal design features such as an android-like LED DRL signature and crash guards. However, there is no word on the powertrain options that could do duty on the River electric scooter, nor on the price bracket it will cater to. 

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River EV electric scooter

The River electric scooter has been spotted on public roads testing fully camouflaged. The upcoming River electric scooter adopts design cues that are very similar to the Yamaha Neo electric scooter. Much like the Japanese EV, the River electric scooter gets an android-inspired two-pod LED DRL setup up front. The overall design too is biased towards being a commuter-friendly workhorse instead of looking overtly futuristic or sporty. 

The River electric scooter could play host to some practical design traits that include a front foot peg, a feature that’s reserved for bikes and not scooters. It can be guessed that this River EV could aim to provide a choice of riding postures to its rider. The extra arrangement to rest the rider’s leg can also come in handy when loading the EV with cargo near the floorboard area. The River electric scooter also gets a front crash guard much like a motorcycle. 

The scooter can be seen to be riding on a 14-inch rim, which is a departure from the 12-inch setup that is seen normally. The EV has also been seen to get disc brakes at both ends and is likely to get Combined Braking System, CBS. The scooter also gets a unique clip-on handlebar setup that was previously seen on more expensive sporty motorbikes. The River EV also gets LCD instrumentation and centre stand fitment.