Lately, Royal Enfield has been in the headlines because of its two new products – the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650. The company revealed these bikes at the 2017 EICMA. Both the new models are powered by RE’s new 650cc, parallel-twin engine that has been revealed at the company’s technical facility in the UK a day before the EICMA. While there’s still time in the launch of these models, reports have emerged stating that Royal Enfield is interested in producing electric motorcycles, but only when the time comes.
According to Autocar, Siddharth Lal, CEO, Royal Enfield, told them in an interview that the company has got three new platforms. Perhaps, out of these one or two could be dedicated to adventure touring, this is where a higher capacity Himalayan comes into the picture, whereas one platform could be for a completely new electric motorcycle. Lal said that the company is not at all shying away from developing an electric motorcycle and is open to the thought and would get into action when the time will come. However, we wouldn’t be seeing one in the near future.
Well, it’s good to know that Royal Enfield is considering to enter into the electric motorcycle segment. And by the time it would start working on the thought, perhaps, a few years down the line, other manufacturers too would enter the fight. The thought of an electric Royal Enfield is hard to digest because REs have their own exhaust note, that thumping sound. But at the same time, it gets us a little bit excited too, pondering how would a silent RE look and ride. We’ll learn this when the time will come. Until then, we’d wait to get the new Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 in the showrooms so that we can get to ride them.