A test mule of what is apparently a Royal Enfield Classic electric version has been spotted in Thailand. Doesn’t look like a company vehicle
It seems like the EV trend is on a great rise. From your gearless scooters to supercars, the electric motor has made it to most segments of the automobile market. However, in what is no doubt a surprising turn of events, images of what is being claimed as the first-ever Royal Enfield Classic electric motorcycle have surfaced on the web space. These images were taken at a Royal Enfield dealership in Thailand. Till now, there has been no official word from the company on any kind of upcoming electric vehicle. However, we await more details on this.
As you can see in the images, the motorcycle is based on a Royal Enfield Classic 500 that is painted in a shade of Classic Black. The motorcycle’s frame seems to be modified to make room for a large battery pack. The setup is protected in a wire-mesh casing that’s supported by a metal structure. There is no pillion seat but you get a luggage rack. Of course, the chain drive has been replaced with a belt drive. The regular rear shock absorbers have been replaced with a pair of gas-charged units and the rear 153 mm drum brake has been replaced with a disc brake. The conventional analogue instruments have been replaced with an all-digital speedo console.
Royal Enfield Electric Version Images
There is no word on the technical specifications of this Royal Enfield Classic electric motorcycle. The regular Classic 500 is powered by a 499cc single-cylinder engine that outputs a maximum power of 27.2 bhp along with a peak torque of 41.3 Nm. In Thailand, the regular Classic 500 costs TBH 189,800. We are not sure if this is an official test mule. However, looking at the fast-evolving nature of the automobile industry, we won’t be too surprised to see even traditional bike makers, like RE, joining the electric brigade in near future.
What’s your take on the Royal Enfield Classic electric version? Will you choose this bike over the regular model? Share your views with us by penning them down in the comments section below. Also, stay tuned to Carblogindia for the latest news on cars and motorcycles in India.
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