Mrunal Manmay Dash

Reinforcing the speculations about TVS Motor Company readying to launch electric versions of its popular XL 100 mopeds, the Chennai based two-wheeler manufacturer recently trademarked two names: TVS XL EV and TVS E-XL.

The status of the trademarks is ‘Accepted & Advertised’ which means the trademark names can now be used to name the vehicle.

As of now, the TVS XL 100 is the only petrol-powered moped available for purchase in the country and its price ranges between Rs 44,999 – Rs 59,695 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The names in these trademark filings certainly open the door to the possibility of TVS working on a battery-powered XL model.

The XL 100 is a long-standing model in TVS’ portfolio and sells in five-digit figures even today. With the success of its iQube range, TVS looks to be expanding its electric two-wheeler portfolio while using one of its most established brands.

The design patent of the electric moped was earlier leaked online and it revealed that the design and the frame of the electric XL 100 will be quite similar to that of its petrol-powered sibling. It also showed that the electric moped will get a telescopic fork and dual shock absorber suspension setup. Powering it will be a swingarm-mounted motor and will be connected to the wheel via a belt drive.

Considering that TVS has filed these patents in January of this year, it is still early days for the E-XL / XL EV project and as such there are no details or official company confirmation regarding the same.