Put up on display at a local dealership in Thailand, this is the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Electric. Just to give you a glimpse of how the electric future for the brand might look like, someone swapped the engine from the Classic 500 & plonked an electric motor instead.
To accommodate the electric motor, this Royal Enfield Classic 500 saw tweaks made to the chassis, chain drive being replaced with a belt drive, a new all-digital instrument console, and some minor changes. Apart from this, there is no cosmetic change to be seen.
Also, no details have been shared about the capacity of this electric motor, the range, charging time, etc. One thing for sure, thanks to the electric engine & the power & torque being instantly available, the Classic 500 Electric would be faster off the line than the petrol powered, conventional engined Classic 500.
Electric is the future, and Royal Enfield has acknowledged that they have to consider such products in the future. However, for now, fanboys can enjoy the thumping Bullets as there is no EV planned by the brand.
But if on sale? Would you buy a Royal Enfield with an electric hiss rather than the loud iconic thump?