Royal Enfield Photon

© Royal Enfield / Peter Henshaw

It must be said: the Photon has class. Resumption of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500, its price may however put off more than one: it is announced at 20,000 pounds sterling, or about 22,600 euros.

The vehicle displays peak speeds of 112 km / h and an average range of 128 to 160 km.

Evocation of the Bullet 500

At first glance, the design is very close to the Bullet 500, a motorcycle produced by the Indian brand Royal Enfield. But in reality, it is indeed an electric version, called Photon, and developed on the other side of the world by the British company Electric Classic Cars. In place of the old single-cylinder engine, there are lithium-ion batteries with 2.5 kWh. These provide power to a 13 kW water-cooled motor directly mounted on the rear wheel hub.

Royal Enfield Photon

© Royal Enfield / Peter Henshaw

Royal Enfield Photon

© Royal Enfield / Peter Henshaw

The Indian Autos Blog site reports that most of the design of the old Bullet 500 has been preserved. The motorcycle includes 37 mm telescopic forks at the front and two shock absorbers at the rear. The brakes include a 280mm front disc with a four-piston caliper and a 240mm rear disc.

On the other hand, the media lists the few modified elements: " There is a bolted subframe to support the battery. An LED headlight has been installed. The original fog lights have been changed and have become the side indicators of the motorcycle " With its 200 kilos, the Photon keeps a weight similar to the Bullet 500.

Up to 160 kilometers of autonomy

The brand has given little information regarding the performance of the bike. Indian Autos Blog does not mention power or torque. It also does not give acceleration 0-100 km / h, but specifies that the Photon can go from 48 km / h to 80 km / h in six seconds, with a top speed displayed at 112 km / h.

Its range is between 128 and 160 kilometers when the speed is between 80 and 96 km / h. The Photon also has a 7 kW on-board charger which allows the battery to be fully charged in around 90 minutes.

Royal Enfield Photon

© Royal Enfield / Peter Henshaw

If we except its style, the Photon therefore lacks convincing arguments. The fault in its price, Electric Classic Cars having announced it at 20,000 pounds sterling (22,600 euros). In the same price range, we recently encountered the Damon Hypersport. For 25,000 dollars (around 22,950 euros), it offers nearly 500 kilometers of autonomy and peaks at more than 320 km / h.

Source: Clean Technica