Revolt has made a bold move and revolutionized the ownership of an electric two-wheeler. The RV400 is offered in two versions- Base and Premium that can be bought by paying an EMI of Rs 3499 and Rs 3999 each for a period of 37 months which, when you think of it, is similar to the kind of money you’d pay monthly for a top-spec smartphone! Now, at a total of Rs 1.29 lakhs and Rs 1.47 lakhs, the RV400 might seem expensive but given the EMI scheme, it is much more accessible. To make ownership even simpler the company is offering zero down payment, unlimited battery warranty, along with three years of free service and brake pads. The RV400 Premium additionally gets a one-time free tyre replacement in the first three years.
The RV400 ticks the box for being accessible to purchase and is also fun to ride plus it has decent looks and comes with credible features. But the weight of the battery, which is its most vital component, could be the real downside of the package. It weighs a hefty 20kg and can only be taken out vertically from the tank; a pretty laborious task to perform every day. And while Revolt is offering four ways to charge the battery, three of those require removing the battery from the motorcycle. The bike can also be charged, just like a smartphone, using a regular socket although setting up a charger in an apartment parking or housing society comes with its own set of complications.
So yes, the Revolt RV400 is a mighty step towards motorcycle electrification in the country with efforts to defy the limitations of owning an EV here. Although given the current state of charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles, which is still in a nascent stage, it would be a couple of years before it does so.
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