Revolt's brand-new electric motorcycles come with AI-enabled tech and a raft of connectivity features. The most interesting part is that they're offered with a unique monthly payment plan instead of regular one-time payment, lease or finance schemes.
India’s first-ever AI-enabled electric motorcycle, the Revolt RV400, is now on sale. It’ll be offered in two variants – Base and Premium. In addition to this, there’s also a more affordable and less powerful version of the same bike, the RV300. The main highlight of these bikes, apart from their features or mode of propulsion, is their prices. Revolt has completely done away with the idea of ex-showroom or on-road pricing. Instead, the manufacturer is offering these bikes at a monthly instalment of Rs 2,999 (RV300), Rs 3,499 (RV 400 Base), and Rs 3,999 (RV 400 Premium) for 37 months.
The RV400 is the first product from Gurugram based start-up, Revolt Intellicorp, and it’s determined to challenge conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) powered motorcycles, such as the TVS Apache RTR 160 and Yamaha FZ-S. In terms of design and styling, the RV400 looks pretty conventional and contemporary, much like its ICE rivals. The main visual highlights include its LED headlamps, upside-down forks, a rear mono-shock, 17-inch alloy wheels, disc brakes (240mm on both wheels), and LED tail-lights. The ‘fuel’ tank is present, but instead of petrol, the tank houses a lithium-ion battery pack. It’s offered in two colour options – Rebel Red and Cosmic Black. In terms of equipment, the bike gets a digital instrument cluster, a start-stop button, and a USB phone charger.
However, along with this, the RV400 gets a number of modern features. The bike gets Bluetooth connectivity for start/stop function – a smart key is also offered – as well as a faux exhaust noise mode that can produce multiple bike sounds, which aren’t available with the RV400 base variant. There’s also on-board diagnostics, geofencing for anti-theft, over-the-air software updates, and more. It also comes with three riding modes – Eco, Normal and Sport.
The RV400 features a 3.2kWh lithium-ion battery, which is housed within the tank, and it powers a 3kW mid-drive motor that sits underneath the battery pack. According to Revolt, the RV400 has a range of 156km (ARAI certified) on a full charge. The bike can reach a maximum speed of 85km/h. Charging time is 4.5 hours, using a 15-ampere socket. The RV400 weighs 108kg.
The RV300 is identical to the RV400, but it gets a smaller 2.7kWh lithium-ion that is connected to a 1.5kW hub motor. It has a claimed range of 180km and a top speed of 65km/h. The battery pack will take 4.2 hours to charge fully. Among other differences, the wheelbase is 30mm shorter and the rear tyre is narrower – 110-section width (vs 120-section on the RV400). It also gets a smaller 180mm rear disc brake. It’s also lighter at 101kg. The RV300 is available in two shades – Smoke Grey and Neon Black.
Revolt is also offering a battery swap facility – called Revolt Switch. This basically allows a customer to swap the bike’s drained battery with a fully recharged battery pack at any location using its mobile app.
Revolt has also set up a very lucrative purchase model for its products. All bikes are offered with a battery pack warranty of up to 8 years/1.5 lakh kilometres, free maintenance benefits for 3 years or 30,000km – this includes brake pads replacement and a free set of tyres – and a product warranty of five years/75,000km. Insurance is also covered for the 1st year (comprehensive) and 5 years (third-party).
At present, Revolt bikes are only available in Delhi and Pune. Customer deliveries will commence in September 2019.