Royal Enfield Developing Electric Motorcycle

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.

RE GT 650

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.”

RE Interceptor 650

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)

Royal Enfield Himalayan
Royal Enfield Himalayan

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.

Harley-Davidson Live Wire Concept

 

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.

Royal Enfield Continental GT was discontinued recently

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Siddharth Sharma

Siddharth has always been passionate about Cars and Bikes. He was the kind of kid that always had the latest Auto magazine in his school bag. He had this dream- to become a professional racecar driver. Finally, in 2012 he found himself racing as a rookie driver in the Polo R Cup national racing championship. Over time he had to readjust the sail and get into automotive journalism to continue enjoying machines on wheels.

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Siddharth Sharma

Siddharth has always been passionate about Cars and Bikes. He was the kind of kid that always had the latest Auto magazine in his school bag. He had this dream- to become a professional racecar driver. Finally, in 2012 he found himself racing as a rookie driver in the Polo R Cup national racing championship. Over time he had to readjust the sail and get into automotive journalism to continue enjoying machines on wheels.