Not too long ago, an electric motorcycle was considered a distant reality, which was thought to be possible at a certain point in time but was nowhere in the plans of any two-wheeler manufacturer. Out of nowhere, an Indian start-up called ‘Revolt Motors’ announced its plans of entering the two-wheeler market of India with its first-ever motorcycle, the all-electric Revolt RV400.
Now that the Revolt RV400 is here, people are now expecting a lot from it, especially about its real-world range and performance. Here’s our comprehensive review of the motorcycle, which throws some light on what the Revolt RV400 has to offer for the gen-next two-wheeler buyers:
Positioned above the range-starting model in Revolt Motors’ lineup, the RV300, the Revolt RV400 is priced at Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, India) in all the cities where Revolt Motors has its presence in India. The Revolt RV400 is available in a single full-spec variant.
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The Revolt RV400 is the first-ever electric motorcycle, which has a combination of a lithium-ion battery and electric motor in place of a conventional internal combustion engine. Powering the Revolt RV400 is a 3 kW mid-drive electric motor, which pumps out a maximum torque output of around 170 Nm. Unlike the conventional petrol-powered motorcycle, the Revolt RV400 offers instant availability of torque right from the first twist of the throttle.
The running juice in the Revolt RV400 comes from a 3.24 kWh lithium-ion battery, which offers a maximum riding range of 150 km and takes 4.5 hours for a complete charge from 0 to 100 per cent using an AC power supply. The battery can also be charged using a DC supply, which can charge 0-75 per cent in just 3 hours.
The Revolt RV400 can be used in one of the three riding modes on offer – Eco, Normal and Sports. While the Eco mode allows the scooter to have a top speed of 45kmph and a range of 150 km, the Normal mode allows it to have a top speed of 65 kmph and a range of 100 km. Meanwhile, in the Sports mode, the Revolt RV400 can touch a top speed of 85 kmph and offer a riding range of 80 km.
Revolt is offering a standard 5-year warranty on the motorcycle and the electric motor powering it, while for the lithium-ion battery, the warranty offered is 8 years or 1,50,000 km (whichever is earlier).
|Electric motor||3 kW|
|Maximum torque||170 Nm|
|Battery||3.24 kWh lithium-ion|
|Range||150 km (eco mode), 100 km (normal mode), 80 km (sports mode)|
|Charging time||0-100 per cent in 4.5 hours (AC supply), 0-75 per cent in 3 hours (DC supply)|
|Top speed||85 kmph (sports mode), 65 kmph (normal mode), 45 kmph (eco mode)|
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While the powertrain of the Revolt RV400 is not conventional, its basic mechanical architecture under the skin is. The electric motorcycle comes with a premium and sporty suspension setup, comprising upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and an adjustable mono-shock at the rear. Riding on 17-inch wheels with 90/80-17 front tyre and 120/80-17 rear tyre, both of which are tubeless, the Revolt RV400 has a braking combination of 240mm discs at both front and rear. A motorcycle rarely has discs with similar diameters for both front and rear, but the Revolt RV400 is one of them.
|Front suspension||Upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks|
|Rear suspension||Adjustable mono-shock|
|Front brake||240mm disc|
|Rear brake||240mm disc|
The Revolt RV400 measures 2,156 mm long, 813 mm wide and 1,112 mm tall, which makes it roughly the size of a 150cc sports commuter motorcycle. While the RV400 sits 215mm above the ground, the rider gets a fixed seat height of 814 mm.
|Ground clearance||215 mm|
|Seat height||814 mm|
Design and Features
The Revolt RV400 has a stance and overall design of a conventional motorcycle, which makes it easy for everyone’s eyes and not as outright radical as one would expect it to be. At the front, the Revolt RV400 has a vertically-laid rounded headlamp, which gets an LED projector in the centre and C-shaped daytime running LEDs on the sides. The side profile of the Revolt RV400 looks sharp, with an edgy-looking tank that here serves as a small storage compartment and large side panels, which completely cover the powertrain of the motorcycle sitting beneath it. It is the full coverage by side panels for the powertrain which indicates that the Revolt RV400 is not a conventional motorcycle by any means.
While moving towards the rear, the Revolt RV400 starts looking sleek, with an angularly rising tail section, which ends up with a T-shaped LED tail lamp and split pillion grab rails at the back. The motorcycle comes with black-coloured 8-spoke alloy wheels and a horizontally-laid LCD instrument console, which displays speed, ride mode selected, temperature gauge, battery level, range, odometer and trip meters. The Revolt RV400 also gets LED turn indicators at both ends.
Other features of the Revolt RV400 include four customizable sounds – Revolt, Rebel, Roar and Rage, which can be changed via MyRevolt App. This app can also control other functions like geo-locate and geo-fence, as well as know the location points of battery swapping centres, where you can exchange the discharged battery with a freshly charged battery.
The Revolt RV400 is an honest attempt by the Indian start-up Revolt Motors, which at Rs 1.25 lakh, is priced well for a new-age electric motorcycle. The RV400 looks quite conventional for a modern electric motorcycle, which makes it easy on the eyes of even the old-school riders, who don’t want their motorcycles to look too fancy or outrageously sporty.
For its price, the Revolt RV400 offers a good combination of performance, power delivery and range, which is commendable in real-world riding conditions. However, we would have loved to see a bit more range in all the three riding modes which it has to offer. The overall ride quality and handling too are just like how one would expect from an affordable but sporty commuter motorcycle – neither too stiff nor too soft. Even the all-LED lights and LCD instrument console show that this is a motorcycle belonging to the current era.
Now, Revolt only needs to work on the charging infrastructure and network, and its presence in as many cities as possible.