Rahul Sharma is a busy man. When he’s not serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Product Strategy and Channel Sales for Micromax, the tenth-largest cellphone company in the world, he is hard at work bringing the latest in electric motorcycle technology to the masses. According to Sharma, ReVolt Motorbikes aims “to make personal mobility practical, affordable, and sustainable.” ReVolt’s latest offering, the RV400, appears to do exactly that.
The 150cc class electric motorcycle features a top speed of about 53 mph, making it perfect for urban travel and trips on smaller highways. This compact electric powerhouse can also achieve a distance of up to 97 miles on a single charge, and offers other exciting features such as keyless startup and GPS tracking. The RV400’s battery can be charged anywhere using a 15 amp charger and time for a full charge is about 4 hours. The bike features a mid-mounted motor that is likely to fall into the 6-10 kW range when it comes to power. In an effort to increase safety, the RV400 will come with multiple synthesized motor sounds that the rider can choose from. While some in the electric motorcycle community have denounced this feature, the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) has mandated that these features be available on all electric vehicles including electric motorcycles beginning in 2020.
ReVolt has not announced what the retail price of the RV400 will be but analysts estimate that the bike will fall in the $1300 to $1800 range. If this is the case, it is fair to say that Sharma has nailed the “affordable” portion of his stated goal. ReVolt is also currently working on a network that would allow riders to pull up to a designated location and swap out a dead or depleted battery for a freshly charged one. The company would will also be offering home delivery of charged batteries, albeit at a higher cost than the battery swapping stations. Appointments to swap out dead batteries for fresh ones will be made via an app on the user’s smartphone.
India has been an undisputed leader in the small electric vehicle game. Recent decisions by the Indian government have mandated that all two and three-wheel vehicles be electric by the year 2025 in order to reduce pollution and fossil-fuel dependency. With an estimated 120 million of its residents owning light two and three-wheel vehicles, India is the perfect market for companies like ReVolt to introduce their new concepts. If the pioneers of electric vehicle technology can convince their fellow countrymen that all-electric is the way of the future, this could mean big sales and big bucks are on the horizon.
Sadly for those of us in the Western Hemisphere, the RV400 will only be available inside of India, at least for the foreseeable future. Prospective buyers can reserve their RV400 for Rs 1,000 (roughly $14 U.S.) on Revolt’s official website. Reservations are only available to consumers in Delhi and Pune as of the date of this writing, but will soon be available in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad.
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