Coimbatore-based Milltex Engineers, which deals in textile machinery spares and renovation kits, had launched the Spero E-cycle a few months ago on crowdfunding platform, FuelADream.com. After the initial campaign managed to raise Rs 38 lakh with over 100 bookings in India, the company has launched the second campaign of the Spero. The electric cycle, which can be run with electric throttle apart from the manual pedalling, has been developed by S Manikandan, Supriya Paul and Mothilal after a careful study of the electric industry’s evolution.

The Spero comes in three models – E30, E60 and E100, each having a range of 30km, 60km and 100km respectively on a single charge. Powered by a 48V lithium-ion battery, the bike runs on a 250W motor, which allows it to fall under the government’s unlicensed/unregistered vehicles category. The company offers a one-year warranty on the battery, which can be charged from 20 percent to 80 percent in 4-6 hours and weighs between 2.7kg to 3.7kg (depending on the model). The battery, which is housed in the centre portion of the bicycle frame, is detachable to ease charging from a regular 5-amp socket.