What is a Royal Enfield motorcycle without its iconic thump? A fan would say- life without soul. Well, believe it or not. The future is going to be electric. And fans better be prepared. Earlier this year, Royal Enfield’s MD and CEO, Siddhartha Lal had said that they have already started working on planning of the future where motorcycles will be electric.
Now, photos of a Royal Enfield electric motorcycle have surfaced on the internet. The said motorcycle was showcased at the Royal Enfield showroom in Bangkok, Thailand. Below are the photos.
The chassis has been modified to make way for the battery, instead of the engine. Chain drive has been replaced by a belt drive. Instrument console is a fully digital unit with smartphone integration and all the latest features (including 0-100 kmph timer). There is no exhaust, obviously (Bengaluru cops will be happy to see this).
It is not clear yet if this project has been sanctioned by Royal Enfield, or is it a project done by an individual. But by the way it looks, it surely is a job well done. In fact, this is not the first Royal Enfield electric motorcycle. There is a Royal Enfield 500 owner in the UK who has converted his motorcycle into an electric one. Below is a test ride video.
There is not much doubt left that future is electric. Indian government has announced their plans loud and clear. This has resulted in vehicle manufacturers thinking about the future, and getting ready for electric future. But a Bullet without its thump?
Siddhartha Lal, managing director and CEO, Eicher Motors tells Money COntrol: “We understand that the technology and business model (of electric bikes) is important. We are not going to be the first in the market with electric motorcycles. But we are starting our work a bit. We are working on different ideas and concepts. But again we are thinking of 5-10 year time frame we are not thinking about next few quarters. Right now, it’s in the investment phase.”