Electric mobility is the future of transportation, and India is witnessing a surge of electric bike startups that are aiming to challenge the conventional petrol-powered bikes with their innovative and eco-friendly solutions. One such startup is Kabira Mobility, a Goa-based company that has recently unveiled its flagship electric bike, the KM5000. The KM5000 is a cruiser-style e-bike that claims to be India’s fastest electric bike with the longest range. In this article, we will take a closer look at the features and specifications of the KM5000 and see how it compares with its rival, the Ultraviolette F77.
Features of KM5000:
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Design and Styling
The KM5000 flaunts a muscular and sleek cruiser and roadster design language with slightly retro styling, a grand departure from Kabira’s general sporty portfolio of bikes.
The bike features a bobber-like single seat styling, a single-sided swingarm, LED headlights and taillights, alloy wheels and a digital instrument cluster.
The bike will be available in Midnight Grey, Deep Khaki, and Aquamarine colour options and will come with an array of customisation options.
Performance and Range
The KM5000 is powered by a mid-drive motor made by Delta EV that can deliver a top speed of 188 kmph. This makes it the fastest electric bike in India, surpassing the Ultraviolette F77 that has a top speed of 147 kmph.
The bike packs a massive 11.6 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack that can offer a range of 344 km on a single charge. This is also the longest range among electric bikes in India, beating the Ultraviolette F77 that has a range of 307 km.
The battery can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in just 2 hours with an optional fast charger.
Features and Hardware
The KM5000 features a 7 inch digital console with 4G connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, music control, TPMS and ride statistics.
The bike also features premium hardware such as an inverted Showa fork and Nitrox monoshock suspension setup, twin discs up front and single disc at the rear with dual channel ABS.
The bike has a kerb weight of 190 kg and a wheelbase of 1500 mm.
The KM5000 is priced at Rs 3.15 lakh (ex-showroom), making it Rs 65,000 more affordable than the Ultraviolette F77 that costs Rs 3.8 lakh (ex-showroom).
The bike will go on sale sometime later this year, with deliveries expected to commence in early 2024.
The bike will be manufactured at Kabira Mobility’s new plant in Uttar Pradesh that has a capacity of 1.2 lakh units per month.
Competitors to Kabira Mobility’s KM5000:
While the KM5000 is a promising electric bike that claims to be India’s fastest and longest-riding, it is not the only option available in the market. There are several other electric bike startups that are offering different products and features to cater to different segments and preferences of the customers. Here are some of the alternatives to the KM5000 that you can consider:
- Ultraviolette F77
The Ultraviolette F77 is the closest rival to the KM5000 in terms of performance and price. It is a sporty electric bike that has a top speed of 147 kmph and a range of 307 km. It also features a 4.2 kWh battery pack that can be charged in 1.5 hours with a fast charger. The F77 has a futuristic design and comes with premium hardware such as inverted forks, monoshock, disc brakes and ABS. It also has a smart dashboard with Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, ride modes and remote diagnostics. The F77 is priced at Rs 3.8 lakh (ex-showroom).
- Revolt RV400
The Revolt RV400 is another electric bike that offers a decent performance and range at a lower price point. It has a top speed of 85 kmph and a range of 150 km. It also features a 3.24 kWh battery pack that can be swapped at designated stations or charged at home. The RV400 has a conventional design and comes with basic hardware such as telescopic forks, monoshock, disc brakes and CBS. It also has some unique features such as artificial exhaust sound, mobile app, geo-fencing and remote start. The RV400 is priced at Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom).
- Tork Kratos
The Tork Kratos is an upcoming electric bike that aims to offer a balance between performance and range. It is expected to have a top speed of 100 kmph and a range of 120 km. It is also expected to feature a 4 kWh battery pack that can be charged in 5 hours with a normal charger or 1 hour with a fast charger. The Kratos will have a naked design and come with standard hardware such as telescopic forks, monoshock, disc brakes and ABS. It will also have a digital console with Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, ride modes and cloud storage. The Kratos is expected to be priced at Rs 1.37 lakh (ex-showroom).
The KM5000 is an impressive electric bike that promises to revolutionise the electric mobility market in India with its stunning performance, range and features. It also offers a competitive price advantage over its rival, the Ultraviolette F77. However, the actual riding experience and quality of the bike will depend on how well Kabira Mobility delivers on its claims and resolves any issues before launching the bike. The KM5000 is expected to debut around September to December 2023.