The Royal Enfield (RE) brand of motorcycles is perhaps synonymous with classicly-styled motorcycles. In fact, one of Royal Enfield’s models, the Bullet, has the longest unchanged production run of any motorcycle, having remained continuously in production since 1948. But with the ever-tightening emissions restrictions across the globe, RE may also soon release a model powered by batteries.
“Electric is something we have been thinking about for quite some time. We are trying to figure out exactly which segment is the right segment for us. Electric is something we take very seriously,” said RE’s CEO, Vinod Dasari, during an interview with Money Control.
Dasari also added that the company has already made a couple of prototypes, and are just studying its feasibility and market segment.
“We did make some prototypes, we have looked at several segments and we will be adding to the team in the near future.”
Here in the country, Royal Enfield has a growing community composed of riders who ride the classic-inspired 500s (Classic, Bullet) and 650s (GT and Interceptor). Then there are those who ride the Himalayan – a straight forward, easy to maintain adventure bike that could also go where bigger and heavier adventure bikes tread.
RE hasn't mentioned if the upcoming electric motorcylce will retain their trademark classic styling, but we certainly hope it does.