We are comparing two of our country’s first electric motorcycles with each other… let’s see which fares better…
What an exciting time to be alive as a biker.
We are witnessing the genesis of the next mobility solution in the form of electric powered motorcycles and scooters which are aiming to be a greener mode of transportation along with matching and beating the performance of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) powered counterparts.
We have seen India’s first electric motorcycle launch in the form of Revolt’s offering RV400 in 2019. Now, we have got our second electric motorcycle in the form of Tork Kratos and Kratos R which the company claims is India’s first ‘Registered’ electric motorcycle.
Let’s see these ‘India’s Firsts’ side-by-side:
Battery and Motor –
The battery type of all the three electric bikes is Lithium-ion. The battery capacity of Kratos siblings is more than that of RV while the output voltage of RV400 is more.
The power output of Kratos R is highest among the three with 9 kW versus the 7.5 kW of Kratos and just 3 kW of RV400. However, the RV400 puts out 50 Nm of Torque compared to Kratos siblings’ 28 Nm and 38 Nm respectively.
|Voltage||72 V||48 V||48 V|
|Capacity||3.24 kWh||4 kWh||4 kWh|
|Power||3 kW (4 BHP)||7.5 kW (10.1 BHP)||9 kW (12.1 BHP)|
|Torque||50 Nm||28 Nm||38 Nm|
|Riding Modes||Eco, Normal, Sports||Eco, City, Sports, Reverse||Eco, City, Sports, Reverse|
Range and Charging –
Tork have mentioned the real-world range of both of their offerings in addition to the ideal range which they achieved under the testing conditions and have the highest range in the comparison.
Revolt have just mentioned the ideal testing range in various modes. Only the top-spec Kratos R gets fast charging capabilities among the three electric motorcycles. Overall, all the three bikes take similar time to charge to 100% SOC.
|Range||150 km (Eco), 100 km (Normal), 80 km (Sports)||180 km (IDC)120 km (actual)||180 km (IDC)120 km (actual)|
|Normal Charging||0-75% in 3 hrs / 0-100% in 4.5 hrs||100% in 4-5 hrs||100% in 4-5 hrs|
|Fast Charging||–||–||0-80% in 1 hr|
The Kratos R has the highest top-speed among the three with 105 km/h claimed. The acceleration to 40 km/h of Kratos R is also the highest with no information given about RV400’s acceleration.
|Top Speed||45 km/h (Eco)65 km/h (Normal)80 km/h (Sport)||100 km/h||105 km/h|
|Acceleration||–||0-40 km/h in 4 sec||0-40 km/h in 3.5 sec|
The RV400 has the best ground clearance of the three with 215 mm. The carrying capacity of all three electric bikes is very similar while we only know the wheelbase of RV400 in this comparison. As of now no further information is provided by the manufacturers.
|Ground Clearance||215 mm||165 mm||165 mm|
|Payload||150 kg||150 kg||150 kg|
The basic feature-list is very similar on all three electric bikes. All three bikes get Combined Braking System (CBS) which distributes the braking force between the front and rear wheels to enhance safety and braking ability. The complete lighting system of all three is LED along with inclusion of digital instrumentation as standard.
|Warranty||3 yrs||3 yrs (40,000 km)||3 yrs (40,000 kms)|
The prices mentioned here are the ex-showroom prices of Pune, Maharashtra.
All these electric motorcycles are eligible for FAME II subsidy along with their respective state subsidy which will bring their prices way down and will make them a lot more affordable.
|RV400||Starts at Rs. 1.53 Lakh|
|Kratos||Starts at Rs. 1.93 Lakh|
|Kratos R||Starts at Rs. 2.08 Lakh|