For years now, automakers have been keen on shifting the conventional process of commuting to rather complex electricity-powered vehicles. Almost every mainstream automaker has encountered multiple tries at electric mobility, followed by a wide array of outcomes, that is. Take, for instance, the hybrid or semi-hybrid technologies we’ve encountered over the years in vehicles. Pushing the ante a notch further are cars that are capable of munching miles without conventional fuel.
But we’ve seen a number of fully-electric cars and scooters abide by this paradigm shift over the years. What we missed though, are motorcycles. Sure, there are enough concepts and global models to lure the very senses of an ecologist; but the absence of it in the world’s largest two-wheeler industry is, well, a bummer. So, to break the mold, Revolt Motorcycles is about to launch the country’s first fully-electric motorcycle. Here’s everything you need to know from our Revolt RV400 review.
For some reason, I have always been sceptical about electric-powered vehicles. You see, in the past, we have encountered some quirky and outlandish scooters from various start-ups. But, I must say, the RV400 is a step in the right direction. The design of the RV400 exudes modernity without being just too futuristic. Thanks to a full-LED headlamp, sharp fuel tank, 17-inch wheels, LED taillamp, USD forks, and a rear monoshock, the RV400 looks as sophisticated as a naked motorcycle.
The muscular fuel tank is designed in a way it perfectly holds the battery pack - since there is no fuel - with some additional space to store the documents. Underneath the battery pack is the 3kW mid-mounted motor. The bike that you see here is finished in Red shade, while you can grab one in a stealthier Black too. Personally, I think the Red goes well with the streetfighter personality of this motorcycle.
The build quality of the components is right on the money. It does sport some plastic components, but they don’t compromise the overall design. Then there’s the supremely informative digital cluster, along with standard switchgear.
The riding position is also very nice for a compact motorcycle. During our media ride, I found it to be quite comfortable and relaxing for long rides. At 108 kilos of dry weight, the bike is as light as a 110cc Honda Activa, which really means that handling isn’t gonna be an issue with this one.
But before we get to the handling part, let’s talk some numbers. The 3kW mid-mounted motor works in tandem with a 3.24kWh lithium-ion battery. As a result, the electric motor is capable of producing around 8-10bhp.
In Eco mode, the power delivery is kept to a minimum, with sole focus on the riding range. A shift to Normal mode and the slight drop in the riding range results in a healthy increase in power and acceleration. The Sport mode, on the other hand, trumps the riding range unleashing the full potential of that 3kW motor.
Talking about the riding range, the company claims the bike will cover a maximum of 150km on a single charge in Eco mode, while the Sport mode will push it down by 90-100km. Keeping India’s charging infrastructure in mind, there are some nifty services by the company that allows for seamless riding experience. So, the RV400, for the first fully-electric motorcycle in the country, does sound fascinating, right? To read our verdict and the full Revolt RV400 review, be sure to tune in to autoX.