Most motorcycle manufacturers now have an electric motorcycle plan and even old-school motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield looks set to follow suit.
The plan all hinges on a short quote by company president Rudratej Singh:
Royal Enfield has several projects in the pipeline and the electric platform is one of them. We are in an investment phase in the project where we have a team that is working on different ideas and concepts with a long-term focus. We will disclose our plans at an appropriate time.
He doesn’t provide much detail, so speculation is now rife.
But surely they must be developing an electric bike even just to keep pace with the rest of the industry.
We suspect that Royal Enfield will work on its electric platform at their new English research and development centre in Leicestershire.
Like Harley’s Livewire Project, it could be something totally different from the traditional style of their current fleet. It most certainly won’t look like this dodgy independent job at the top of this page.
Since India has some strict air pollution policies in their major cities, it could be an urban scooter, rather than a longer-range motorcycle as range is limited on electric vehicles.
With increased emissions regulations being implemented in India in 2020, it is suspected the electric model will be released about the same time.
One certainty is that it will cost more than the budget prices asked for their current line-up which will also need updates to meet the new emissions regulations.