Revolt Intellicorp has turn into probably the most talked about EV manufacturers in India over the previous few months, and that’s with out anybody having ridden the bike in any respect. Thus far, we all know that Revolt is the brainchild of Rahul Sharma, a co-founder of Micromax, and that the RV 400 began life as a Tremendous Soco TC Max — although the restyled bodywork is designed by Revolt. The EV is full of good options and Revolt has come out with a game-changing pricing technique to match. So, let’s see what the primary electrical motorbike to go on sale in India is like.
With a reputation like Revolt, you’d anticipate that the bike has to face out, and it does. The headlamp design with its LED DRL is catchy, however the primary motive you’ll discover the RV 400 is as a result of it’s a compact machine. Regardless of its tiny dimensions, I discover the seating place accommodating and comfy. Surprisingly, regardless of the small measurement, the seat top is sort of tall at 814mm. The RV 400 is clearly aimed on the college-going phase of the market.
When you go solely by what’s on the bike, there are three driving modes, which could be chosen by a slider button on the correct. One good function is the keyless-start perform, the place you may merely hit the facility button behind the handlebar with the important thing in your pocket. The instrument show is a fairly easy black-and-white unit with none contact performance. Then, in fact, there’s the bogus exhaust word, which could be activated by a button on the correct switchgear. This works by way of a speaker hidden inside the bodywork — it simply doesn’t really feel very pure on the transfer.
There’s way more to use by way of the app Revolt has devised to work with this machine. You may actually begin the RV 400 from the app or by way of Google Assistant utilizing voice instructions, if the in-built SIM is related to the web. The app additionally gives the power to set-up a Geo-fencing barrier, choose from 4 ‘exhaust sounds’, and monitor the battery standing in addition to car statistics in actual time.
Revolt plans to supply probably the most complete set of battery-charging options seen from a producer so far. You should use a regular wall charger, which plugs into the correct facet of the bike, or you may take away the battery altogether (emerges from the highest of the ‘fuel tank’) and take it residence to cost — that is one thing you received’t need to do because the battery weighs a substantial 19kgs. However the detachable battery permits Revolt to supply never-seen-before home-delivery of fully-charged batteries, or you may head to set battery-swapping stations throughout the town, which could be positioned by way of the app.
So how far will a 3.24kW lithium-ion battery take you? Revolt claims about 156km in Mode 1 (40kph high velocity), 110km in Mode 2 (60kph high velocity) and 80km in Mode 3 (85kph high velocity). Cost time from empty will take a claimed 4.5hr, whereas 3hr will get the battery to 75%. We solely bought to experience the e-bike on a go-kart observe, and nonetheless have to put these numbers to check on public roads.
Driving at a go-kart observe isn’t what most clients will find yourself doing, nevertheless it has given us a good concept of what to anticipate on the road. The RV 400 is sufficiently fast and its driving modes improve efficiency and response as you progress from Mode 1 upwards. In Mode 3, it feels about as fast as an Ather 450, and hitting the highest velocity of 85kph ought to occur fairly simply on the road.
Refinement ranges are respectable, however one space that undoubtedly wants enchancment is the response to accelerator inputs. Energy is available in abruptly, irrespective of the driving mode, and whereas this was a difficulty when attempting to be clean by way of the corners, I think about it’s going to even be irritating when shifting in heavy site visitors. I additionally don’t like the truth that even calmly making use of the brakes deactivates the accelerator.
The chassis works nicely and Revolt has tuned the 37mm USD fork and monoshock to supply an excellent steadiness between sportiness and luxury. With its 17-inch wheels, the bike felt assured on the observe, and an enormous consider what makes this a cheerful factor to experience is that it weighs simply 108kg.
The MRF Nylogrips additionally play a task in ensuring the Revolt is enjoyable to experience, and identical to we’ve seen on larger bikes, they show to be impressively grippy. Revolt makes use of 240mm disc brakes at every finish, and security is supplied by CBS, not ABS. Braking is satisfactorily robust, and whereas ABS would have definitely been good, this set-up works nicely sufficient.
High quality ranges on the RV 400 appear acceptable and all essential electrical parts are IP67 water resistance-rated. Revolt has achieved 70% localisation to maintain the associated fee low, however that’s simply the beginning of issues, as a result of the corporate is taking a disruptive strategy to the pricing technique.
Primarily, you may’t purchase the bike outright. As an alternative, you need to pay a sum of ₹3,999 monthly for a interval of three years. There is no such thing as a down fee, and this isn’t a lease or rental system both. The possession of the car shall be yours, however as a substitute of 1 large fee, you pay small quantities as you go alongside. For ₹3,499 a month, you will get the decrease RV 400 variant that we’re advised misses out on the pretend exhaust sound and the app-enabled remote-start options, which aren’t issues we’d miss.
As a part of an introductory supply, Revolt says it’s going to cowl the upkeep prices in addition to consumables like tyres and brake pads for 3 years or 30,000km.
Revolt appears to be providing a novel and really accessible strategy to proudly owning one in all its autos. Whereas that’s nothing in need of disruptive, there’s no escaping the truth that the larger problem this model new firm faces is to ascertain a repute for reliability, high quality and to arrange a genuinely reliable battery swap ecosystem in each metropolis it’s current in. That’s one thing time will reveal.