It came as quite to shock to most of us when the Indian government had suddenly decided to make a shift to electric vehicles in 2019. And they’ve even introduced a timeline for the entire shift, which opened many eyes all over the world. While petrol-powered scooters are full and plenty in the country, the electric two-wheeler category consists of a small range of low-speed scooters. And very recently, we’ve also had a couple of bikes that have made a foray in the market, targeting young buyers who are looking at sporty looks coupled to the convenience of electric mobility. We list out a few motorcycles you might be interested in.
1) Revolt RV 300
The RV 300 happens to be the smaller model among the two variants available. Compared to the RV 400, the wheelbase is shorter and the rear tyre is not as wide, plus the rear disc brake is smaller. However, what separates the two bikes the most from each other is the 1.5kW hub-mounted motor. The RV 300 is also lighter than the RV 400 and comes with a better range. The bike can manage a range of 180kms on a single charge, while in Normal mode, it does 110kms, and in Sport mode, it does 80kms. Even the top speed is lower than that of the RV 400 at 65kph. The RV 300 doesn’t get the adjustable foot pegs and plastic bordering the headlamp on the RV 400. The bike comes with ‘introductory benefits’ like a battery warranty that lasts for 8 years or 1.5 lakh kms, product warranty, free insurance and free maintenance benefits up to 30,000kms or three years.
With its sculpted tank, LED DRL headlamp and sharp lines, the Revolt RV 300 is quite a stylish looker and sure to lure young buyers. The RV 300 isn’t as quick as the RV 400, but the riding modes help improve response and performance. Refinement levels aren’t so bad, but there are some vibrations that filter through from the motor. The ride quality strikes a balance between sportiness and comfort while the brakes offer good bite.
2) Revolt RV 400
The RV 400 is not as compact as the RV 300. Power comes from a 3kW frame-mounted motor that makes 50Nm of torque. It also comes with a bolt-on subframe, a USD fork, disc brakes and a monoshock-absorber. Nestled in the tank is a 3.24kW lithium-ion battery that gives the bike a range of 156kms. It gets a regular 15A plug with a charging cable that can be synced directly to the battery or the bike, which allows you to charge it at home too. However, the battery is quite heavy at 19 kgs. The bike shares its platform with the Chinese Super Soco TC Max. The Revolt mobile app comes standard on the RV 300 and RV 400 and allows the owner to start the motor, track the location of the bike and check trip history. The artificial intelligence function tracks your riding pattern, shows upcoming issues with the bike and user real-time range.
The RV 400 looks identical to the RV 300, barring a few differences around the headlight and side fairing. This is a bike that is clearly aimed at a young market. The bike features a keyless-start function and the instrument display is a black-and-white unit and you can toggle between the trip modes using the high-beam switch. You can also activate the artificial exhaust note by clicking on a button on the right switchgear.
3) Ultraviolette F77
For the uninitiated, Ultraviolette Automotive is a Bengaluru-based start-up that launched the F77. It has been designed and made in Bengaluru with support from the TVS Motor Company. The bike features a set of high-density lithium-ion battery packs that happen to be lighter than conventional ones. Powering the bike is a 25kW motor that produces 33bhp and 90Nm of torque. All this power is channeled to the rear wheel via an X-ring chain drive. It does the 0-100kph sprint in just 7.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of 147kph. It comes with three riding modes: Eco, Pro and Insane – the last of which offers the best performance. The F77 features a whole lot of connected technologies that you can have access to via an iOS and Android smartphone app. There are three removable lithium-ion batteries, each is IP67-rated. The batteries are pretty light, which results in an impressive overall kerb weight of 158kgs.
You get a combined range of 130-150kms on a single charge, which takes 5 hours to top up, while a fast charger will have it charged in just 1.5 hours. The company will also provide a 3kW portable powerbank. It can help charge batteries up to 80 percent in 50 minutes. Like most conventional bikes, it features a USD fork up-front and a preload adjustable monoshock-absorber at the rear. The brakes are the same as seen on the KTM RC 390.
4) Harley-Davidson LiveWire
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire makes 103bhp and 116Nm of torque, and the bike sprints from 0-100kph in just 3 seconds. The bike is equipped the bike with a Rechargeable Energy Storage System. The motorcycle gets a 15.5kWh capacity. With the help of an AC wall socket, it can be fully charged in 12.5 hours. However, the DC fast-charging can ensure it’s done in just an hour. The bike can manage a range of 235kms in the city and 113kms on the highway – all on a single charge. It also comes with fully-adjustable suspension. Seven riding modes include Sport, Road, Rain, Range and three custom modes.The bike looks sporty and unlike any other bike out there. However, it does look like a Harley-Davidson. The levels of fit and finish are top-notch and the bike has a street-fighter approach to it.
Acceleration is very strong and there’s a whine that can be heard as the bike surges ahead. The power delivery is linear and the bike manages to hit a top speed of 177kph. The LiveWire corners very well, thanks to the new chassis. The chassis feels somewhat like a sports bike, while the suspension feels very typical of a Harley-Davidson.