Bengaluru-based startup Barrel Motors has brought India’s first adventure electric motorcycle – the Veloc-E. The manufacturer’s home-grown offering is currently under development, the first images of which were released earlier this year. Now, HT Auto can exclusively bring you more information on the Veloc-E adventure electric bike, which will get more power and a bigger battery than originally planned.
Barrel Motors is upgrading the Veloc-E and now offers a variety of battery and motor options to suit different needs. Not only is the company looking for private buyers, but it also plans to address defense needs with a version designed for military needs.
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Barrel Motors Managing Director and CEO Giridhar Soundararajan told HT Auto that the Veloc-E will soon be equipped with a larger 7.5 kWh battery pack, in addition to the initially announced 5 kWh pack. The larger battery is expected to improve the range of 150 kilometers on a single charge. A larger battery will be necessary, despite the addition of a larger electric motor with up to 15 kW (20 bhp). That would be a big step up from the originally planned 5 kW (6.7 bhp) motor. However, the two versions may coexist in the future. There will also be a bump in torque figures, but that hasn’t been revealed yet.
Barrel Motors is filing between four and six patents for its dual-sport electric motorcycle platform. The Veloc-E electric adventure motorcycle will be the first spin-off based on the platform, with more to come. The startup previously announced plans to launch an adventure touring and even long-distance version based on the same chassis.
A proof-of-concept for the Veloc-E was demonstrated earlier this year, but the model is still some time away from being commercially available. Barrel Motors is targeting production in the third or fourth quarter of 2024 and has committed to delivering a fully self-developed product with more than 90% locally sourced components, including battery packs and BMS controllers. The batteries will be imported by the startup. Meanwhile, development of electric ADVs will continue.
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Barrel says it has received more than 500 registrations for the Veloc-E electric ADV on its website. Prices will only be available closer to launch, though. The upcoming offering will sit between the Hero XPulse 200 4V and the KTM 390 Duke in the adventure bike segment.
First published date: December 17, 2022 at 17:15 PM CST