We’ve known that Royal Enfield has been thinking about a production electric motorcycle for a while now. Last year it revealed that a small team of designers were working on a prototype electric machine at its UK technology base – but now, RE’s CEO Vinod Dasari has confirmed the Indian factory is starting to get serious about electric.
Speaking to Economic Times Auto India, Royal Enfield CEO Dasari said, “I don’t think we’ll spend any more on any large [facility]. Most of our capital expenditure will go into capability building, new products, electric and other stuff. And it will also go into many small assembly plants around the world.”
Royal Enfield’s gone from strength to strength over the last few years. In 2010, it was selling 50,000 units a year – but now it’s selling over 50,000 units each month. And to keep things rolling, it’s essential to start getting serious about electric – as key markets around the world slowly begin to phase out traditional internal combustion engines.
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Given the time the bikes’ already been in development – we’re expecting to get a first look at the bike at the big bike shows next year, although chances are it’ll be in concept form to start with.
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