With launch of India’s first electric bikes RV300 and RV400, Revolt Motors has permanently etched its name in history books. The bikes are being manufactured at the company’s plant in Manesar. Initially, Revolt electric bikes will be available for sale in Delhi and Pune. Other cities such as NCR, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, and Chennai will get these bikes at a later date. If you want to own India’s first electric bike, here is a quick comparison between RV300 Vs. RV400 to understand which one will be the best option for you.
Design: Except for changes in fairing, placement of branding elements and colour options, both bikes appear to be similar. The most visible difference is in the colour options with RV300 getting Neon Black and Smokey Grey while RV400 comes in Rebel Red and Cosmic Black. The bikes have a sculpted, sporty profile, designed to turn heads on the streets. They also offer superior ergonomics, which ensures optimal comfort for riders.
Powertrain: RV300 comes with a 60V, 2.7 KWH battery connected to a 1.5 KW hub motor, while RV400 gets a 72V, 3.24 KWH battery connected to a 3 KW mid drive motor.
Range and speed: Both bikes come with riding modes of Eco, Normal and Sport, which determine their range and speed. In Sport mode, both bikes can run for 80 km on full charge. However, top speed is 65 kmph for RV300 and 80 kmph for RV400. In Normal mode, RV300 runs 110 km, which is 10 km more than RV400. Top speed in normal mode is 45 kmph and 65 kmph, respectively. In Eco mode, RV300 runs 180 km at a top speed of 25 kmph. For RV400, the figures are 150 km at 45 kmph.
Charging time: Both bikes can be charged from 0 to 75% in 3 hours. For 0 to 100%, RV300 takes 4.2 hours whereas RV400 takes 4.5 hours. Charging can be done at home with standard 15A electric socket. The battery can also be removed and charged independently. Revolt will also be launching Switch Stations in 2020, which will allow customers to switch their drained battery with a fully charged unit.
Price: Revolt has introduced a unique pricing system, where customers will be paying EMIs for 37 months instead of a lump sum amount. The EMIs will cover the cost of the bike, insurance, registration, and its service and maintenance. RV300 is being offered at monthly EMI of Rs 2,999 whereas RV400 is available at Rs 3,499 per month for 37 months.
RV300 looks like a good choice considering that it is cheapest and yet matches RV400 in terms of range and charging time. It’s only drawback seems to be its speed, especially the 25 kmph in Eco mode. This is too slow, even though you are getting 180 km range. If you are willing to pay Rs 500 extra per month, you could go for RV400, which offers a better balance of range and speed.