Turning its focus on research and development after parting ways with Honda, Hero MotorCorp is set to bring technologies mostly seen in cars to two-wheelers as it gears up to showcase its innovative prowess.
Some features that the company will soon introduce in its two-wheelers include the engine stop-start system and the electronic immobiliser.
The engine stop-start system, also known as micro hybrid in top-end cars and SUVs, automatically shuts the engine when idling and turns it on when needed, improving fuel efficiency and cutting emissions.
The electronic immobiliser is a security device that prevents the engine from running without the correct key.
The company will also come up with scooters equipped with integrated braking system (IBS), which uses one brake handle for both the front and rear wheels, available in some motorcycles.
“All these innovations are done by Hero’s own R&D. A lot of questions were asked when we started the journey on our own about how we would fare, but today we are ready to showcase what we are capable of,” Hero MotoCorp MD and CEO Pawan Munjal said.
Restricted in the past by its agreement with Honda, Hero did not have the opportunity to develop its own R&D capabilities fully. The partnership with Honda ended in 2010.
“Our boys never had the opportunity to show what they are capable of but now they have. They are showing it. We have applied for patents for their innovations,” Munjal said.
Hero has applied for a patent for its i3S technology — ideal stop-start system — which will debut on its flagship model Splendor as the ‘iSplendor.’ The technology will later be extended to all other models.
The firm’s 150-cc bike ‘Extreme’ will be equipped with the electronic immobiliser, while its scooter model ‘Pleasure’ will have the IBS. Munjal said innovations such as the i3S will reduce costs for riders.