A few months ago rumours emerged that Royal Enfield is keen to enter the electric motorcycle segment. However, the idea was still a blur. Now, the latest news coming from India suggests that perhaps an electric Royal Enfield is finally confirmed.
Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “At the moment, there’s no indicative timeline for the electric platform development, but don’t expect to see a production bike before 2020. But what will an electric Royal Enfield be like? Well, it’s fair to expect that the motorcycle will be all about enormous torque delivery. This will suit the Royal Enfield character well, and while loyalists will definitely miss the iconic thump, they’re just going to have to come to terms with the fact that the future of automobiles is going to be brisk, but quiet!”
It’s true that the future of the motorcycle industry will have a big space for electric bikes. And companies will have to dip their toes in this segment in order to sustain the fierce competition. While there are certain manufacturers who have already started working towards this goal, and some even have achieved it by offering a range of solid electric products which are available for purchase, we’re glad that Royal Enfield didn’t turn a blind eye to this and has started giving it a thought.
Although there’s no specific timeline for the development of an electric Royal Enfield as of now, just the fact that the company is open to the idea shows its interest in developing one. We won’t be seeing an electric motorcycle from RE before 2020, and perhaps this time frame would stretch further, but there will definitely be one in the future.
As of now, Royal Enfield would be launching its new Twins, the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 in the European market starting next month. They will be available to the rest of the world during the later part of the year.