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Royal Enfield Hires ex-Ola CTO and Ducati CGO for Electric Motorcycle

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Royal Enfield elevates its electric vehicle venture by enlisting top talents from Ola and Ducati, promising groundbreaking innovations. Partnering with Stark Future amplifies its global aspirations, igniting anticipation for their electrifying debut.

Royal Enfield Hires ex-Ola CTO and Ducati CGO for Electric Motorcycle
Royal Enfield Electric Motorcycle Concept

Key Highlights:

  • RE is all set to execute its plan of inception for Electric RE Motorcycle.
  • Royal Enfield's alliance with Stark Future, a Spanish manufacturer specialising in high-performance electric motorcycles.
  • Unveiling of the Himalayan EV prototype at last year's EICMA serves as a testament to its progressive vision.

Royal Enfield is stepping up its game in the two wheeler market by entering the electric vehicle market. Though there are challenges which the manufacturer can face in the electric motorcycle segment, RE seems all set to make its own wave and trend in the EV segment as it has in the ICE segment. 

Hiring Top Talent

Royal Enfield has enlisted the expertise of seasoned professionals from industry giants. Leading the charge is Umesh Krishnappa, former Chief Technology Officer at Ola Electric, the force behind India's top-selling electric scooters. Krishnappa's leadership promises to infuse Royal Enfield's EV team with cutting-edge insights and technological prowess.

Joining him is Mario Alvisi, previously serving as Chief Growth Officer for Ducati's electric vehicle division. Alvisi's wealth of experience in crafting premium electric vehicles positions Royal Enfield for breakthroughs in design and innovation.

Strategic Partnerships

Royal Enfield's alliance with Stark Future, a Spanish manufacturer specialising in high-performance electric motorcycles, underscores its global ambitions. The acquisition of a significant stake in Stark Future signifies Royal Enfield's commitment to collaborative innovation. Together, they aim to co-develop electric motorcycles that marry Royal Enfield's legacy with Stark Future's technological prowess.

Product Development

Royal Enfield's foray into the electric domain is marked by meticulous planning and innovation. The unveiling of the Himalayan EV prototype at last year's EICMA serves as a testament to its progressive vision. This prototype serves as a testing ground for various electric powertrains, affirming Royal Enfield's dedication to refining its EV offerings.

In addition to electric version of Himalayan, Royal Enfield is working on the L1A and L1K EV models. Inspired by the iconic Flying Flea, a British Army motorcycle from World War II, the L1A platform aims to be one of the lightest in its class, blending heritage with modernity.

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Royal Enfield Hires ex-Ola CTO and Ducati CGO for Electric Motorcycle
Royal Enfield Himalayan Electric Concept

Future Outlook

While an exact launch timeline remains undisclosed, Royal Enfield's strides in EV development are evident. With a robust team of engineers and a clear product roadmap, the company is poised to deliver electric motorcycles that resonate with consumers. Overcoming challenges associated with battery technology is a focal point, with in-house research driving innovation and cost-effectiveness.

Initially, production of Royal Enfield electric motorcycles will commence at existing facilities, with plans for expansion in Cheyyar, Tamil Nadu, reflecting the company's commitment to scaling its EV operations.

CarBike360 Says

As RE is preparing to enter the electric market, the brand ensures to fuel its plan with  talent, partnerships, and innovation. Experts and enthusiasts, all are eagerly waiting for the anticipated arrival of electric offering from Royal Enfield. 


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