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SCOOP! First image of Royal Enfield electrical bike emerges | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Nonetheless very a lot within the idea stage, the Electrik01 options distinctive parts like a girder fork for the entrance suspension.

Royal Enfield has made no bones about the truth that it’s engaged on electrical two-wheelers, and we have managed to get our palms on an image of its very first electrical motorbike idea. Internally christened the ‘Electrik01’, it options some fairly distinctive design parts, the explanations for that are made clear within the product temporary that we’ve additionally managed to try.

1. Employs a girder fork for entrance suspension duties
2. Options neo-retro styling cues
3. Nonetheless within the idea stage, with manufacturing a good distance away

Royal Enfield electrical motorbike idea: design, chassis

Admittedly, this isn’t an in depth take a look at all the motorbike, however even this partial view reveals some fairly attention-grabbing particulars. Just like the entrance suspension, which takes the type of a fairly uncommon girder fork. Seeing as to how the product temporary is filled with phrases like ‘non-conformist’, ‘recreation changer’ and ‘lone wolf’, it is attainable that the manufacturing model of this motorbike will follow the girder fork set-up.

Different areas of focus embody “prime quality tactile finishes and contact factors”, and “neo classic/traditional” styling, which additionally explains quite a bit. In spite of everything, the girder fork was most generally used within the first half of the earlier century, so there’s numerous retro attraction there. That is additionally seen within the classical spherical headlight, and a touch of custom can be evident in the truth that the Electrik01 encompasses a standard ‘gas tank’. After all, that is solely consultant.

The chassis is kind of attention-grabbing too, with two body tubes rising from both aspect of the headstock – one operating alongside the highest fringe of the gas tank, and the opposite operating downward and seemingly cradling the battery pack. Extra standard facets embody the presence of alloy wheels which appear to be wrapped in Avon Roadrider tyres.

Royal Enfield electrical motorbike: launch nonetheless a while away

So, what can we draw from all this? The primary is the truth that a road-going Royal Enfield electrical motorbike is probably going nonetheless a while away. The bike you see right here remains to be very a lot within the early phases of its improvement, with RE internally calling it a QFD (High quality Perform Improvement) idea. QFD is a mannequin for product improvement that goals to translate buyer wants and expectations into finish outcomes by listening to the voice of the shoppers.

Even with current petrol-powered fashions, RE has spent quite a lot of time road-testing earlier than placing merchandise available on the market. And with this being the implementation of a brand new propulsion expertise that RE has by no means employed earlier than, you possibly can anticipate even longer improvement timelines than standard.

What’s clear, although, is that the very first RE electrical motorbike will nonetheless be very a lot a Royal Enfield. The temporary says that the product should ‘be its personal’ and comply with its personal ethos and DNA, fairly than that of the phase. The Enfield character can be evident in the truth that the bike will function neo-retro styling cues.

What the Electrik01 idea will evolve into is anyone’s guess, however what’s with out query is that that is going to be an attention-grabbing journey.

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