An electric Royal Enfield bike has been showcased at the company’s Thailand dealership.
An electric Bullet, so soon? Royal Enfield officials have confirmed that they will consider the electrification of their line-up of bikes but that would take at least 5-10 years of time since the plan is still in the investment stage. So, what’s up with this electric Royal Enfield bike spotted at a dealership in Thailand?
The electric bike images you see here are likely to be the work of a small private company or a group of students working on their college project. It certainly, isn’t one, officially sanctioned by the company. Specifications of the motorcycle aren’t known yet but looking at the images we can make out that this is the 500cc version of the Classic series.
Coming to the bike, the chassis has been redone to accommodate the battery and the chain drive has also been replaced by a belt drive. Other interesting bits are the full digital instrument cluster and the lack of an exhaust and clutch lever. Since EVs are the future expect electric Royal Enfield bikes on Indian roads in the next 5-10 years. However, the company will not be the first ones to introduce its electric bikes in the Indian market.
Also, this isn’t the first electric Royal Enfield bike, an individual in the UK has already converted his Royal Enfield into an electric one. The Thunderbird maker launched the Himalayan FI earlier this year in India and is gearing up to launch the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 in the country by mid-2018. Both the motorcycles come powered by a 648cc parallel-twin, air and oil-cooled, fuel-injected motor which belts out 47 HP of power and 52 Nm of torque.
Electric Royal Enfield Bike
– Electric avatar of RE Classic 500 spotted at Thailand dealership
– The bike features a reworked chassis and an all-digital instrument console
– An exhaust and a clutch lever aren’t seen on the bike
Images Source – Rushlane.com