Royal Enfield Gets Its New “L” EV Platform Ready For Its Future Electric Plans

CalenderPublished at February 7, 2023 by BikeJunction
Royal Enfield Gets Its New “L” EV Platform Ready For Its Future Electric Plans

The first Royal Enfield electric vehicle is now being developed, with a debut planned for the second half of 2024, as we recently revealed. As a result, we can now put forth some information about the company’s brand-new platform that it is creating for its EV endeavours.

Globally, the electrification of scooters, mopeds, and last-mile delivery vehicles on two wheels has accelerated more quickly than that of electric motorcycles, which are seldom common or successful.

The major concern among the corporate management has been how Royal Enfield can separate itself in an EV avatar given the distinctive nature of its engines and their performance. According to insiders, the bikes will probably use a 96V system to ensure that they have a high level of performance. “We have been aggressively building a sharp and insightful understanding of EV space with an intention to create uniquely differentiated electric motorcycles with strong Royal Enfield DNA in the mid-weight segment,” said a company’s spokesperson.

The company has already begun development on a specialised platform with the internal codename “L,” and it intends to offer a variety of goods to meet the various needs of international customers. There will be a number of body types under the L-platform, known as L1A, L1B, and L1C.

Royal Enfield recently informed investors that it is now working on over 20 concurrent projects across different R&D centres across the world as part of its mid-term business strategy. EV is understood to be a major aspect of its development activity. Investors received assurances from the company that the strategic plan it has employed tries to find a balance between EV as a game changer along with ICE in order to establish an agile, resilient, and timeless business.

Stark Gets Hired To Co-Develop RE EVs

The brand’s recent decision to acquire a 10% share in the Spanish-based electric two-wheeler start-up Stark Future SL will speed up its entry into the market for electric vehicles. Businesses will co-develop future bicycles, and Royal Enfield will include Stark’s technologies in its platforms. The electric vehicle start-up is well recognised for its powerful electric motocross vehicles.

Stark Future, a 2020 start-up, just unveiled the Stark VARG, its first high-performance electric motocross bike, to the world’s media, professional riders, and dealers.

Speaking on the same, Siddhartha Lal, MD of Eicher Motors, shared that he admires the team’s vision, passion and focus at Stark Future. “Leisure motorcycles do not easily lend themselves to EV technology at this stage, due to challenges like the battery range, packaging, weight and cost. This has resulted in stunted growth of this segment till now. Stark Future has been able to understand and harness the potential of EV technology by dramatically outperforming ICE offerings, without compromising on the range, weight, packaging and cost,” says Lal.

In order to strategically assist in the design of electric Royal Enfield motorcycles, Eicher Motors has invested $60.22 million in Stark Future. A particularly interesting development, given Royal Enfield’s prior cautious attitude to the electric industry, is represented by this investment.

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