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British group Saietta turns Hero Xtreme and Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 into electric bikes


Electric vehicles will be the future of mobility around the world. In India, things are no different and we have traditional manufacturers like Hyundai, MG and Tata that offer electric cars. Brands like Bajaj, TVS, Ather, Ola have also imagined electric two-wheelers. Most of the electric two-wheelers that we have on the market are scooters. An electric motorcycle is actually a rare sight on our roads. A UK electric mobility group Saietta has developed a highly efficient electric motor and has already turned the Hero Xtreme and Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycles into electric vehicles.

The Saietta Group has partnered with Padmini VNA, one of the leading providers of Tier 1 cities. Padmini VNA and the Saietta Group will work together to develop new opportunities for electric two-wheelers in the market. Padmini VNA already deals with manufacturers like Hero MotorCorp, TVS, Bajaj and Royal Enfield.

Saietta has developed highly efficient electric motors with Axial Flux Technology (AFT). This new technology makes the electric motor compact, lightweight and can also be integrated into a wide range of electric vehicles such as scooters, motorcycles, rickshaws and micro-cars. These motors are powerful and are torque dense in nature.

Coming to the electric versions of the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and Hero Xtreme 160R, Saietta made several modifications to the regular motorcycle to turn it into an electric motorcycle. The first change is definitely the engine. The motor has been completely removed from both the motorcycle to make room for the battery and the electric motor. Saietta has developed two AFT electric motors. One is known as AFT 140 and the other is AFT 110. These motors are designed for increased efficiency and reliability and are cost effective.

British group Saietta turns Hero Xtreme and Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 into electric bikes

The Royal Enfield Continental was installed with an AFT 140. This is a high powered 52 volt motor which is perfect for the modified Royal Enfield transmission. Other changes to the Royal Enfield are the removal of the clutch lever. Since this is now an electric motorcycle, there is no need for a clutch lever. The clutch lever has been replaced with an electric brake which can be used to reduce speed. The energy produced during the braking of the motorcycle is converted into electricity and stored in the battery.

For the Hero Xtreme 160R, just like the Royal Enfield, the motor has been removed and the electric motor and battery are placed in this space. In Hero Xtreme 160R, Saietta used a 48-volt AFT 110 electric motor. It is less powerful than the AFT 140 and suits the overall nature of the bike. Both of these bikes are prototypes and in Xtreme 160R one of the unique features is the swappable battery. The battery can be easily removed from the motorcycle and replaced with a fully charged unit.

For now, the maximum autonomy of these motorcycles on AFT electric motors is not mentioned but, Saietta mentions that their battery generates high torque at low voltage. This will allow automakers to reduce the battery size required for a given range, which in turn will lower the cost of manufacturing electric vehicles.

Via Professional Coach