10 awesome new Electric Bike models launching in India in 2021

From fully-faired to naked, long-range to high speed, 2021 could turn out to be the year of the electric bike (electric motorcycle) boom in India.

Here are 10 electric bikes launching in India this year with their expected prices (ex-showroom) and launch timelines. Note that some of the ETA is determined from the guidance received before the full impact of the COVID-19 was felt.

BattRE Electric bike

Jaipur-based BattRE Electric Mobility confirmed to EVW last year that it will launch a new electric bike in India in 2021. Nischal Chaudhary, the company’s founder, revealed in an exclusive interaction that a high-speed motorcycle is in the works. The company has developed a prototype and plans to heavily localise it.

The BattRE electric bike will have a truly Indian heart, with the motor and controller sourced locally. The company has already signed an MoU with an Indian company for getting the motor and controller. It planned to start using these Made-in-India core parts in the prototype in November or December last year. Chaudhary said that the BattRE electric bike will be very powerful and suitable for a daily commute.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchExpected Price
BattRE electric bikeMid-2021Rs 1.2 lakh

PureEV ‘Sport’ Bike

Last year, we had reported that the IIT Hyderabad incubated startup PURENERGY (PureEV) plans to launch a new electric bike equivalent to an entry-level Bajaj Pulsar in size. The company was testing this motorcycle with 3 kWh and 3.5 kWh batteries, with the 3.5 kWh unit most likely to be the final configuration. The electric motorcycle was going to have a top speed of 100 km/h and a range of over 100 km according to Mr Gopinath, Head – Sales & Marketing, CK Motors that is the manufacturing and distribution partner for PureEV in South India. There were no details on the pricing but the new product was expected to undercut its competition.

The first PureEV bike is expected to arrive by April, delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Prototype testing of the ‘hunky’ motorcycle has begun and the company, we are told, is upbeat about what the bike could do to its sales. A top speed of 90 km/h and a good pickup for this new electric bike is reportedly planned. It is expected with a higher localisation than the company’s current products and a range similar to the ePluto 7G of 100-120 km/charge on paper.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchExpected Price
PureEV ‘Sport’H1 2021Rs 1.10 lakh

PureEV ‘Economy’ Bike

The second electric motorcycle from Pure EV is expected with a focus on economy. Aimed at commuters looking to switch to electric vehicles, this new electric bike would carry an in-house design for its chassis and other components. It is expected with a relatively lower top speed of 80 km/h and a smaller, 2.8 kWh battery is expected in the PureEV economy bike to keep the cost low.

Electric Bike NameExpected LaunchExpected Price
PureEV ‘Economy’Mid-2021Rs 95,000

Nexzu Mobility Bike

Nexzu Mobility offers electric cycles and electric scooters in India at the moment. However, the company plans to expand its EV range to include other types of electric vehicles. Development of the Nexzu electric bike has begun, Pankaj Tiwari, Business Development Head, Nexzu Mobility, confirmed in a media interaction last year. He didn’t give a timeline for this product, but we expect the launch to happen in the second half of the year.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchExpected Price
Nexzu motorcycleH2 2021Rs 1.1 lakh

EeVe Tesoro

EeVe Tesoro electric bike

Odisha-based EeVe showcased the Tesoro electric bike at the Auto Expo 2020 but is now considering launching a bigger motorcycle. It will have a range of over 100 km per charge and a top speed north of 100 km/h. There will be DC fast charge support as well and the bike will be equipped with disc brakes, digital instrument cluster, LED lights, GPS, geo-fencing, anti-theft, and more. The launch of the EeVe Tesoro will happen in mid-2021.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchExpected Price
EeVe TesoroMay or June 2021Rs 1.2 lakh

Orxa Mantis

Orxa Mantis

Bengaluru-based Orxa Energies displayed the Orxa Mantis high-performance electric motorcycle at the 2019 India Bike Week. The Mantis gets a battery pack with six batteries totalling to 9 kWh output.

The Orxa Mantis can hit a top speed of 140 km/h and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in eight seconds. The batteries are swappable and can be charged completely in three to four hours. Given the premium specs, expect a premium price tag as well. The Mantis gets high-performance tyres, aero aluminium alloy wheels, 41 mm telescopic forks in the front and a mono-shock rear suspension.

Orxa Energies’ founder Ranjita Ravi has confirmed to ElectricVehicleWeb.in that the company is looking to announce Orxa Mantis bookings around April 2021.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchExpected Price
Orxa MantisMid 2021Rs 3-4 lakh

eMotion Surge

Emotion Surge from Emote Electric

Coimbatore-based eMote Electric introduced the eMotion Surge digitally in 2018 and has spent the last couple of years developing its production version. The Surge electric bike will be powered by a 40 Ah Lithium-Ion battery that comes with an intelligent battery management system. The Surge can return a range of 100 km in the base version and the bike’s range can be extended by adding more batteries (the bike can support up to three batteries) up to 200 km or 300 km.

The Surge is also the first electric bike to have a gearbox. The battery can be charged in 3 hours 20 minutes through standard charging and in 30 minutes with fast charging. The Surge was planned to be launched in September or October last year but the COVID-19 situation has pushed the launch to this year. There will be two variants on offer – one with a 10 kW motor with a top speed of 120 km/h and 0-60 km/h time of under 4 seconds; another with a 6 kW motor with a top speed of 100 km/h and 0-60 km/h time of under 5 seconds.

In an exclusive interaction with ElectricVehicleWeb.in, Pranav Singanapalli, the founder & CEO of Emote Electric, said that the launch of the Surge electric bike would be at dealers around March 2021.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchPrice (On-road)
eMotion SurgeMarch 2021Rs 1.25 lakh to 1.5 lakh

Hero Electric Bike based on AE-47

Hero Electric AE-47

Hero Electric is currently the largest player in the electric two-wheeler segment and its first electric bike is the AE-47 which was showcased in the Auto Expo 2020. The Hero Electric Bike AE-47 is powered by a lightweight portable lithium-ion 3.5 kWh battery that drives a 4 kW motor. This model is expected to be the most value-for-money new electric bike in India when it goes on sale.

With a top speed of 85 km/h and a 0 to 60 km/h time of 9 seconds, the AE-47 can return a range of 85 km/charge in Power mode and 160 km/charge in Eco mode. The bike features petal disc brakes, fully digital instrument cluster, cruise control, reverse assist, keyless access and more. Hero Electric Managing Director, Naveen Munjal has confirmed that the AE-47 will be delayed as the company feels the market for performance electric motorcycles is very small and Hero Electric wants to concentrate on the mass segment products now.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchExpected Price
Hero Electric AE-47Late 2021Rs 1.2 lakh

Ultraviolette F77

Ultraviolette F77 spy shot test mule prototype
Image courtesy: Ultraviolette Instagram page.

Another performance-oriented electric bike is the Ultraviolette F77 from Bengaluru-based Ultraviolette Motors that is backed by TVS Motor Company. It is powered by an air-cooled brushless motor with an output of 25 kW and 90 Nm of torque and can hit a top speed of 147 km/h.

The aviation-inspired Ultraviolette F77 is one of the most anticipated new electric bikes in India. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. The battery pack includes three modular Li-ion modules for a total output of 4.2 kWh and offers a range of 130 km to 150 km per charge. Standard charging takes five hours while fast charging would do the job in 1.5 hours. Other features of the sport motorcycle include an aluminium-intensive construction, regenerative braking, all LED lights, automated battery control system, automated battery ejection, dual-channel ABS and app support.

Ultraviolette Automotive is planning to raise funds of up to $75 million, a portion of which will go into putting the Ultraviolette F77 into production. The company recently secured an undisclosed amount of new investment from GoFrugal as part of Series B funding. It has started road testing of the F77.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchPrice (On-road)
Ultraviolette F77Mid-2021Rs 3-3.25 lakh

Okinawa Oki100

The Okinawa Oki100 was showcased as a concept in 2018 but the motorcycle that will launch this year would be in a size comparable to an IC-engined bike. The Oki100 concept was powered by a 72V 63Ah lithium-ion battery that offered a range of 150 km and a top speed of 100 km/h. The battery is swappable, supports fast charging, and it can be charged in two hours.

Like most of the electric two-wheelers, the Oki100 will also feature a digital instrument cluster and an app to access the motorcycle’s information. The e-motorcycle will have aluminium body parts to aid weight reduction and will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Tijara, Rajasthan. The Oki100 is scheduled to launch this year, and we expect the vehicle to come out by April with an annual sales target of around 25,000 units.

Electric Bike NameExpected LaunchExpected Price
Okinawa Oki100By April 2021Rs 1.1 lakh

Electric bikes expected in 2022

Jawa electric bike/Yezdi electric bike

Jawa electric bike rendering rear three quarters

Reports suggest that a Jawa electric bike or a Yezdi electric bike could arrive in India by the end of 2022. Here we present the possible design of a Jawa electric bike in exclusive renderings. It is unlikely that either of the rumoured retro electric bikes would be a dedicated product – that is they would be developed from scratch.

Expect the platform of the Jawa 42 to be repurposed for the electric bike with enough battery capacity for a range close to 200 km.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchPrice
Jawa electric bike/Yezdi electric bikeMid-to-Late 2022Rs 2-2.5 lakh

Husqvarna E-Pilen

Husqvarna E-Pilen rendering Husqvarna electric bike
Our exclusive rendering shows the possible final design of the Husqvarna E-Pilen electric bike.

Pierer Mobility has confirmed that a Husqvarna electric bike called Husqvarna E-Pilen is in the pipeline. It is widely anticipated that this model will have a presence in India which is the global manufacturing hub for smaller Husqvarna motorcycles. The company has also revealed that the E-Pilen will feature a modular battery system and come with 4 kW and 10 kW electric motor options. The development has begun, and the market launch is scheduled in 2022.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchPrice
Husqvarna E-PilenLate 2022Rs 2-3 lakh

BSA electric bike

BSA bikes are coming back to the market, and Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of Mahindra Group, is to be thanked for it. It is because of Mahindra’s investment, along with a UK government grant, that it is possible to rejuvenate the iconic British brand.

The first new BSA bike is an ICE model, and it will be launched in the UK this year. Next year, a BSA electric bike will follow. The BSA Company has received a GBP 4.6 million grant from the UK government for developing electric bikes. It could be launched in India as early as a few months after in the UK, and is expected to be assembled alongside the Jawa bikes in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh.

Electric Bike ModelExpected LaunchPrice
BSA electric bikeLate 2022TBD

Hero Electric Bike (Hero Motocorp)

Hero Motocorp is quietly working on a new electric bike, the Hero e.US, as per a report from moneycontrol.com. The first Hero electric motorcycle is receiving inputs from the Hero’s German R&D centre, Hero Tech Center Germany GmbH that was established in 2019.

The ‘e.US’ in the Hero e.US’ is short for ‘Electric Ultra Sport’. The name signifies that a performance electric bike is in the pipeline. It is believed that the Munich R&D centre is working closely with the Jaipur facility on the product. The Hero e.US is a “high-powered concept motorcycle” which should transition to production by the end of 2022.

How many new electric bike models are to launch in 2021?

At least 10 new electric bike models will be launched in India in 2021 mainly from Indian startup companies.