New River Indie electric scooter offers up to 100 litres of storage

River Indie is an electric scooter offering strong storage capabilities, reasonable performance, and electric commuting convenience at an affordable price.

River Indie

Indian manufacturer River has announced its new electric scooter, the Indie, which offers practicality and affordability.

Commuter vehicles intended to cover only relatively short journeys and not relying on high performance figures are perfect objects for electrification.

Dressing the modern technology in retro-styled aesthetics seems to be the popular move for manufacturers, whether that is Yamaha (with their NEO's, for example) or River. 

The River Indie is by no means the smallest 125cc-equivalent electric scooter out there, but that is also part of the point, thanks to its focus on practicality which sees it available with optional side cases which add 40 litres of storage, and a top hard case which adds 25 litres of storage. This is in addition to an under-floor storage compartment, a 43-litre underseat storage compartment, and a 12-litre glovebox which also houses a USB charger. 

Additionally, the seat has been made intentionally wide in order to provide greater comfort, while aluminium footpegs have been added so that the 20-inch floorbed can be used for storage if needed.

The River Indie rolls on 14-inch alloy wheels front and rear, while dual hydraulic rear shocks and telescopic front forks provide a 165mm ground clearance. 

In terms of performance, 90kph (56mph) is the claimed top speed, achieved thanks to a power output of 6.7kW, or 9 horsepower, and a maximum torque of 26Nm. Stopping is done with disc brakes which feature CBS assistance.

There are also three riding modes available, “Eco”, “Ride”, and “Rush”, which presumably adjust the performance and range. Speaking of which, the maximum is 120km (75 miles), according to River, thanks to a 4kWh battery which can be charged in five hours.

In India, the River Indie retails for the equivalent of €1,400, or £1,226 at time of writing (March 2023).

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