India's First Home-grown Fully Electric Motorcycle
Revolt Intellicorp is a Gurugram based startup that is all set to reveal India’s first fully electric motorcycle, the RV 400. According to the company, the bike will be launched next month, after which the deliveries will commence. For now, the company is taking pre-booking for the motorcycle through the company's website. You too can book your own RV400 by paying a token amount of Rs 1,000.
Their plan to initially start selling/delivering the bikes in Delhi followed by the rest of the NCR region. Once the supply chain is smoothened out, the company then plans to expand to other cities such as, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Chennai. The motorcycle itself will be manufactured at Revolt’s state of the art production facility, spread across 1 lakh sq.ft, in Manesar, Haryana. This facility is more than equipped to handle their planned production capacity of around 1.2 lakh units, which should be more than enough to meet the pre-booking demand.
There are a lot of details that have yet to be revealed about the bike, including the final price. The company is expected to reveal this information during the official launch next month. For now, all we can do is get a good look at the bike, along which minimal information that was updated on the official website. According to it, the bike has an ARAI-certified range of 156km, although that will certainly change in real life riding conditions. The top speed has been capped at 85kmph, which should be enough for Indian traffic.
Like most electric bikes, it features a fully digital instrument cluster that showcases real-time riding statistics such as battery consumption, range, distance travelled etc. The information is supposed to be calculated by an AI system, which also uses this data to improve the battery performance as per the riding style. All this information can also be accessed via a smartphone app that connects to the bike via Bluetooth, along with segment leading features such as remote start and geo location. It even gives you the option of choosing from four artificial exhaust notes that are played via an external sound system, just in case you aren't ready to give up the throaty sound of a conventional engine. As expected, new features will be added to the system over time, thanks to OTA updates that will be powered by an in-built internet connection.
At a starting price of around Rs 1 lakh (on-road), this will be an interesting and affordable offering in the 150cc motorcycle segment, which so far has managed to ignore the rumblings of the upcoming EV revolution. We will have to wait until the official launch before we can say for sure whether it will survive.