Revolt Motors has revealed the launch date of their first electric motorcycle. The Gurgaon-based electric two-wheeler startup will launch the newly developed e-bike in India on 18th of June, 2019, which makes it less than 15 days away from today. It will be India’s first electric motorcycle along with being the first AI enabled two-wheeler too. Initially, Revolt Motors plans to launch it in the markets of Delhi NCR while the network will be expanded to different cities in India later on. The bike has been spied testing without any sort of camouflage which has given away much of the bike’s design.
Founded by Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma, Revolt Motors is an independent venture. According to the company’s claims, the electric bike that’s about to be launched this month will be India’s first AI-enabled, LTE-connected motorcycle and will run a 4G SIM to enable these functions. Recently, manufacturers like Hyundai and MG have started offering similar AI and SIM features on their cars but it remains to be seen what functions do these technologies perform on the bike. It completed the homologation process and received ARAI’s approval in April. Revolt Motors claim to have tested the bike rigorously to ensure it has the optimal combination of performance and looks.
Design wise, the bike looks muscular and compact and has a complex swingarm setup. It gets a bolt-on subframe, USD fork, monoshock and front disc brake. Moreover, the Revolt e-bike will have LED lighting all around. Talking about the power source, the motor and batteries will be imported for the bike while the Battery Management System (BMS) and the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) have been designed in-house. An interesting feature it will come with is the battery swap system, which will help solve the range management issue to some extent. The Revolt e-bike has a top speed that is limited to 85kph and an ARAI-certified range of 156 km.
The bike’s battery was also subjected to a schedule of high-decibel internal tests that included cycle life, performance, shock, nail penetration, water-proofing, and all-weather tests. The bike will be manufactured at Revolt Motors’ factory in Manesar, Haryana. As for competition, the Revolt e-bike currently has no rival in the market apart from electric scooters from manufacturers like Ather and Okinawa. However, it will get competition in the coming future in the form of the Tork T6X among others. As for the pricing, nothing can be said about it right now. However, how Revolt places the bike will definitely affect the prices of the other future electric bikes. The main challenge for electric bike and cars, however, is still regarding the infrastructure but now it seems that the government and a few other tech giants are working on it.