Gearless scooters are meant to offer as much convenience to city commuters as possible. However, most scooters have a quirky design flaw – fuel filler cap under the seat, which sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise well packaged convenience-oriented product. A majority of the popular scooters in the Indian market, including the Honda Activa and Suzuki Access, continue to offer an internal fuel filler cap, which forces riders to get off their seats in order to fill fuel. However, there are a few manufacturers who have taken notice of this inconvenience and started to offer external fuel filler caps on their scooters.
Here’s a list of five scooters that come with an external fuel filler cap in India.
1. TVS Wego
The TVS Wego was the first scooter from the manufacturer to come with an external fuel filler cap. Customers immediately took notice of this new fuel cap location and the Wego became a popular offering in the segment. It also comes with a digital instrument cluster and fun-to-ride powertrain. However, the Wego was soon overshadowed by its more matured sibling – the TVS Jupiter.
2. TVS Jupiter
The Jupiter is currently one of the best selling scooters in the country. It is the only product in the segment that is giving a tough competition to the Honda Activa. Though not the primary reason for Jupiter’s success, the presence of an external fuel filler cap has surely given it an additional USP over its competitors. It also comes with features like a pass switch, always headlight on (AHO), a center stand, dura cool seat, and 3D embossed logos.
3. TVS Ntorq 125
TVS’ latest entrant in the scooter segment, the Ntorq 125, has managed to become a hot favorite in the 125cc scooter market. Amongst various advanced features like a full TFT infotainment screen with smartphone connectivity, the Ntorq 125 comes with an external fuel filler cap that enhances rider convenience. The instrument screen, which is amongst the most advanced units in this price point, shows information like incoming call and message alert, turn-by-turn navigation assists, last parked location and 0-60kmph time recorder.
4. Hero Maestro Edge
Hero MotoCorp has been trying hard to compete with the Honda Activa for quite some time now. And the biggest weapon in their portfolio is the Maestro Edge. Primarily targeted at the male scooter riders, the Hero Maestro Edge comes with a semi-digital instrument cluster, integrated braking, auto headlamp on (AHO), mobile charging port, and boot light. It also comes with an external fuel filler cap that is neatly tucked away at the rear section, right above the taillight. The fact that the cap is covered by a body colored panel makes it pretty camouflaged with the overall design language.
5. Hero Destini 125
The Destini 125 is Hero’s attempt at the growing 125cc scooter space. It comes with Hero’s i3S technology that is essentially an automatic start/stop system that cuts off the engine’s fuel supply when the scooter is idle for a specific time period (5 seconds) and restarts the engine as soon as the rider either pulls a brake lever or twists the throttle. The Destini 125 even comes with an external fuel filler cap, which is opened via its key fob.