Electric bikes are becoming more popular in India as they offer many benefits such as low cost, eco-friendly, and fun riding experience. But how much can you actually save by switching to an electric bike from a conventional one? One man from Delhi has the answer.
Rajesh Kumar, a 35-year-old IT professional, bought a Revolt RV300 electric bike in December 2019. Since then, he has ridden his bike for over 1 lakh kms, covering an average of 150 kms per day. He claims that he has saved around Rs. 2 lakh on fuel expenses by using his electric bike instead of his petrol-powered bike.
“I used to spend around Rs. 3000 per month on petrol for my old bike. But with the Revolt RV300, I only pay Rs. 500 per month for the battery subscription plan. That means I save Rs. 2500 per month, which adds up to Rs. 60,000 per year. In less than two years, I have saved Rs. 1.2 lakh on fuel alone,” Rajesh said.
But that’s not all. Rajesh also said that he has saved on maintenance and service costs, as electric bikes require less frequent servicing and have fewer moving parts than petrol bikes.
“Electric bikes are very easy to maintain. They don’t need oil changes, spark plugs, or air filters. The only thing I have to do is check the tyre pressure and brake pads once in a while. The Revolt RV300 also comes with a three-year warranty and free roadside assistance, so I don’t have to worry about any breakdowns or repairs,” he said.
According to Rajesh, he has spent only around Rs. 10,000 on maintenance and service for his electric bike in the last two years, compared to Rs. 40,000 for his petrol bike.
“So, if you add up the fuel and maintenance savings, I have saved around Rs. 2 lakh by using an electric bike,” he said.
What is the Revolt RV300?
The Revolt RV300 is an electric motorcycle that was launched in India in 2019 by Revolt Motors, a company founded by Rahul Sharma, the co-founder of Micromax. The RV300 is powered by a 1.5 kW hub motor that draws charge from a 60V/2.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. The bike features three riding modes – Eco, Normal, and Sport – that offer different top speeds and ranges.
Eco mode offers a top speed of 25 kmph and a range of 150 kms per charge; the Normal mode offers a top speed of 45 kmph and a range of 110 kms per charge; and the Sport mode offers a top speed of 65 kmph and a range of 80 kms per charge.
The battery takes around 4.2 hours to charge fully from zero percent. The bike also comes with a battery swapping option, where the user can exchange the drained battery for a fully charged one at any of the Revolt switch stations across the city.
The RV300 also features a digital instrument cluster, LED headlight and tail light, disc brakes at both ends, regenerative braking system, and artificial intelligence (AI) enabled features such as voice commands, remote start, geo-fencing, anti-theft alarm, and real-time bike diagnostics.
The RV300 was initially priced at Rs. 84,999 (ex-showroom), including FAME II subsidy. However, due to the high demand and limited supply of electric bikes in India, Revolt Motors discontinued the RV300 in June 2022. The company said that it will focus on its flagship model, the RV400, which is a more powerful and premium version of the RV300.
Rajesh Kumar is one of the many examples of how electric bikes can transform your life for the better. He has ridden his Revolt RV300 for 1 lakh kms in less than two years and saved Rs. 2 lakh on fuel expenses. He is also happy with his health and fitness improvements.
If you are interested in buying an electric bike, you can check out the Revolt RV400, which is currently available for booking on the Revolt Motors website. You can also explore other options from different brands and models according to your budget and preference.