Royal Enfield Electric Bike Prototypes- Launch by 2022
Evidently, the next big thing is the global automotive industry, EVs, or Electric Vehicles. In the commercial vehicle market, the Indian Government is also promoting EV companies and emission-free alternatives. At the moment, choices are very small, but major automakers are investing a great deal in new EV platforms, especially for the affordable category.
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There are actually only three attractive four-wheelers in the EVs: Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV, and Hyundai Kona. Mahindra’s eXUV300 or XUV300 Electric is very early to join the band. Only recently the Government of Delhi announced substantial incentives for electric vehicles.
Newly registered EVs are eligible for a price discount of Rs 10,000 for each kWh battery capacity under the ‘Delhi Electric Vehicle Scheme’ (highest available price deduction: Rs 1.50 lakh).
Two-wheelers, especially scooters, appear to offer the best platforms for developing electric powertrains that can match or exceed the potential and desirability of traditional petrol examples. Electric motorcycles based on efficiency may not be as ‘engaging’ or ‘friendly’ as an ICE alternative coming in the same price range, at least in the near future. Even so, mainstream motorcycle manufacturers are betting big on EVs.
Royal Enfield says it has produced electrical devices for quite a while. In reality, a dedicated team has also been formed by the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer to evaluate market demands and patterns to aim the final emission-free product(s) at the right customer base.
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Royal Enfield CEO Vinod Dasari told Moneycontrol that the firm has big plans for all-electric motorcycles. He says that as far as Royal Enfield electric bike is concerned, the question is not whether such autonomy will come, but ‘when.’ “Electric is something which we take very seriously,” Vinod Dasari shares.
In the meantime, Royal Enfield is nearly ready with the next-gen ‘UCE 350’ models, beginning with the much-awaited Meteor 350 (Thunderbird 350 replacement). The company had discontinued its ‘UCE 500’ range ahead of BS6 emission standards due to low demand and tougher competition.
In the past, we have shared a few all-electric Royal Enfield buildings such as the E-Bullet(Royal Enfield Electric Bike) from Hound Electric and the Photon from Electric Classic Cars.An inofficial Jawa EV make has also found its way into social media as a suitable alternative. It should be noted that Classic Legends (Jawa Motorcycles parent company) is working on an all-new electric motorcycle under the brand name ‘Yezdi.’