When Royal Enfield unveiled the new 650cc motorcycles at EICMA, the RE fan following was filled with joy. However, during this event, Siddharth Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield said that they will not ignore the electric powertrain inspite of being an old-school brand.
Now, fast forward few months, Radratej Singh, President of RE said “Royal Enfield has several projects in the pipeline and the electric platform is one of them. We are in an investment phase in the project where we have a team that is working on different ideas and concepts with a long-term focus. We will disclose our plans at an appropriate time.”
This statement shed more light on how Royal Enfield is planning for the future. Royal Enfield is known to make motorcycles that incorporates lots of nostalgia, so it will continue to make traditional motorcycles but adding a electric motorcycle to the line-up is a smart play. (Read: RE Himalayan coming with new paint-scheme)
Harley-Davidson, another motorcycle brand with rich heritage is also not shying away from the electric motorcycles. In fact the Harley-Davidson Live Wire electric bike concept was showcased previously. It’s interesting to see RE and HD, the two old-school brands making the move in electric motorcycle space.
Apart from talking about electric bikes, Rudratej Singh mentioned that the company is developing two new platforms to replace the existing ones to comply with BS-VI emission norms. These two new engines might find their way to models like Himalayan, Classic and Thunderbird.