There are normally three drawbacks to electric motorcycles; performance, range and price. While some can match their petrol-powered rivals on one or even two of those, none can achieve parity on all three. The Indian-developed Emflux ONE could change that.
Let’s split it down to individual elements, starting with performance. That comes from a combination of power and weight, and usually electric bikes come up short on both counts. The Emflux ONE uses a 60kW (80.5hp) motor, but restricts its actual power to a maximum of 53kW (71hp). That’s not superbike power by any count, but it’s on a par with middleweights like Suzuki’s SV650 or Kawasaki’s Ninja 650. Torque is rated at 84Nm, restricted to 75Nm by the motor controller. That’s 55lbft – around 15% more than those petrol-powered rivals.
But the Emflux ONE’s advantage would be nullified if it’s a hefty behemoth. Fortunately it’s not; Emflux claims a kerb weight of 169kg, ready to ride. That’s 24kg less than the Ninja 650 and 29kg lighter than the Suzuki SV650. Notch one up for the electric Indian machine.
What about range, though? Usually it’s another flaw for electric bikes. Emflux, though, claims 200km on highways (124 miles) or 150km in the city (93 miles). Not great, but there are petrol-powered bikes that do little better. In terms of charging, the firm says a standard supply will refill its 9.7kWh battery in three hours. A fast charger can bring it from zero to 80% full in just 36 minutes. Not too bad.
So the Emflux ONE is close to its petrol rivals so far. But what about price? It’s no good having middleweight performance with a heavyweight cost. Fortunately, Emflux is aiming at a price of just 600,000 rupees (equivalent to 7530 Euros, US$9390 or £6672). That’s not a huge amount more than the Suzuki SV650 or Kawasaki Ninja 650. Certainly, it’s close enough for buyers of those traditional bikes to be able to consider it.
That price is for the base model. A high-spec version with Ohlins suspension, carbon bodywork and forged wheels, instead of cast, is nearly twice as much when production starts in 2019. In terms other tech, both use Brembo brakes with ABS. A touchscreen dash operates a smartphone-style interface with Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G connectivity for over-the-air updates. There are two front cameras and a rear one, too.
Initially, Emflux plans to make 199 of the bikes for the Indian market and another 300 for export. If they can live up to the promised specs and prices, the bike could be a watershed for electric two-wheelers.