American motorcycle manufacturer UM Motorcycles retails the Renegade cruiser in the Indian market. The Renegade is sold in several variants such as Commando, Sports S, Commando Classic and Commando Mojave. Now, BikeWale reports that the company will launch an electric motorcycle in the country.
Yes, you read it right! UM Motorcycles will launch the electric avatar of the Renegade cruiser in India later this year. The report states that the Renegade electric will be initially sold only in the national capital Delhi, as the charging infrastructure is better than other cities in the country.
The new UM Renegade electric motorcycle will be based on an all-new platform which is expected to spawn more electric motorcycles in the future. The electric Renegade will be equipped with a 30Kw electric motor producing 50bhp of power and delivers a riding range of around 150km. With the fast charging option, 80 percent of the battery can be charged in just 40 minutes.
Previously, UM Motorcycles had showcased the Renegade electric at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy. The company's first electric bike will make its India debut at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018. The Renegade electric will be India's first electric cruiser motorcycle which is expected to start a new revolution in the EV industry.
Currently, there are only few electric two-wheelers in the Indian market. Companies such as Hero Electric and Okinawa are retailing electric scooters, but there are no motorcycles in this segment. Start-up companies such as Torq Motorcycles and Emflux Motors is all set to reveal their creations in the electric bike segment at the Auto Expo 2018.
India's major two-wheeler manufacturers such as Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto and TVS are also planning to develop electric two-wheelers for the Indian market. With the introduction of the Renegade electric, the other companies might be interested in offering electric two-wheelers in India.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On UM Renegade Electric Motorcycle
UM Motorcycles has been offering its premium 300cc cruiser motorcycles in the Indian market. Now, the American company is all set to introduce its first electric motorcycle in India. The Renegade electric is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, the most expensive product from UM. There are no rivals for the Renegade electric, as it will create a niche segment of electric cruiser motorcycle.