With tough new emission norms and a proposal to rule out petrol-powered small capacity scooters and motorcycles by the year 2025, a lot of electric mobility start-ups have emerged in the Indian market. Recently the country saw the unveil of a new electric motorcycle from Revolt Intellicorp called the RV400. Now another Chennai-based brand called Blacksmith is gearing up to arrive in the electric two-wheeler market with the Blacksmith B2.
The Blacksmith B2 powertrain develops a humble 5kW (7HP) continuous output and 14kW (19HP) peak output and 96 Nm of maximum torque the from the asynchronous electric motor which can propel the bike to a top speed of 120 kmph and accelerate the bike from 0-50 kmph in 3.7 seconds. The motor is connected to a dual battery system where a single battery claims to deliver the range of 120 km and the dual battery system will double that range to 240 km.
Blacksmith is developing battery swap stations which will enable riders to exchange the spent batteries for freshly charged ones, which is likely to reduce the range anxiety. Revolt will be offering a similar setup, on their product but the brand also offers the battery to be delivered at the doorstep or anywhere in their network, when operations commence, to further reduce range anxiety. On the blacksmith B2, the battery can also be easily removed from the motorcycle to be re-charged at home using a Home charger which is likely to take around four hours to charge a single battery. The High Energy Density, NMC (Lithium Nickel Magnesium Cobalt) battery pack comes with an Intelligent Battery Management System connected via Bluetooth technology.
The Blacksmith B2 features LED headlight with projectors, tank mounted blacked out digital instrument console, freedom footrests, semi step-up seat, tall windscreen visor, 18-inch multispoke alloy wheels, etc. The bike also gets a telescopic suspension, tubeless tyres, 200 mm ground clearance and GPS navigation along with an Artificial Intelligence system via a Smartphone App.
Launch details of the new electric motorcycle are unknown, as of now, but it is likely to be revealed around the festive season with the launch happening in 2020. The B2 electric motorcycle is also expected to be priced around the 1 lakh mark to compete fiercely with the Revolt RV400.