Revolt Motors, an independent venture by Micromax co-founder, Rahul Sharma, has unveiled its first electric bike, the RV 400. Pre-bookings for the bike open on June 25, 2019, for Rs 1,000 on the company’s website and Amazon. However, in the beginning, it will only be available in Delhi, followed by NCR, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Ahmadabad and Chennai in the next four months. Deliveries are set to begin in July 2019.
The RV 400 is loaded with features that include all-LED lighting, a fully-digital dash, 4G connectivity and more. The EV also has a claimed range 156km.
Back in April 2019, the company announced that it has been working on the motorcycle for two years and aims at carving out a double-digit market share in the two-wheeler space in the coming years. The company has set up manufacturing facility in Manesar, Haryana, which is spread over 1 lakh sq ft and has a production capacity of 1.20 lakh units commissioned for Phase 1 (FY 2019-20). That's a very large number, and it's about double the number of the entire two-wheeler EV industry in India. Revolt has listed Soco as one of its platform partners, but hasn’t elaborated on their partnership.
Coming back to the RV 400, it features a compact design, and has its battery packs mounted in place of where a conventional internal-combustion engine would be. The electric bike also has a bolt-on subframe, a USD fork, a monoshock and disc brakes. Revolt has also opted for the rear brake lever on the handlebar in place of the clutch lever one would find on a conventional motorcycle. Moving on, the single seat on the motorcycle looks like it’s been designed by keeping both rider- and pillion-comfort in mind.
The RV 400 uses motor and batteries that are imported, while the Battery Management System (BMS) and the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) are an in-house design. The Revolt RV 400 has a top speed limited to 85kph and an ARAI-certified range of 156km. The charging cable the Revolt will come equipped with is a regular 15A plug, which can be connected directly to the motorcycle, or to the removable battery. Furthermore, the company will also have ‘mobile swap stations’ that can be tracked via the application, which will allow for swapping your drained battery for a fully-charged one. In addition to this, a consumer will also be able to order a fully-charged battery home via the application.
The Revolt motorcycles will also pair to an app that will enable you to track the bike, check the trip the history and even start up the motor. As for the ‘artificial intelligence’ function, Revolt claims it will track your riding pattern and show you the real time range, optimum riding style and even upcoming problems with the motorcycle. Moreover, a geofencing feature will enable the Revolt to function only within a preset perimeter on the map. This can be enabled by the app and could be useful for parental control or when lending the bike. Lastly, the electric motorcycle will also have a customisable artificial exhaust sound.
The Revolt RV 400 will be available in two colours – Rebel Red and Cosmic Black.
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