Revolt Motor is a new entrant in the mobile electric two-wheeler industry, which has been booming in recent years as a result of environmental concerns. The organization is striving toward a vision of democratizing clean commutes through the use of next-generation mobility solutions, with the goal of offering 100% accessibility and zero fuel residue. RV 400 was originally a Super Soco TC. With a name like Revolt, you would expect a Chinese product but it’s quite eye-catching. Despite its compact size, the seat height is very high at 814mm, but it doesn’t change the fact that if you don’t like small, fun-sized machines, this isn’t for you. The RV 400 is clearly geared at the young, college-going clientele, and that’s the type of bunch you tempt with electronic toys, which this bike is crammed with to the brim.
If you only look at what’s on the bike, you’ll notice three riding modes, which can be changed using a slider button on the right. One useful feature is the keyless start, which allows you to keep the key in your pocket and simply press the power button located behind the handlebar. The display is a plain black-and-white screen with no touch functionality, and you must use the high-beam switch to move between trip modes — pretty difficult. Then there’s the artificial exhaust tone, which can be turned on with a button on the right switchgear. This works through a speaker hidden within the bodywork and is, to be honest, very gimmicky. It could be entertaining to ‘blip the throttle’ for your friends a few times while the bike is parked, but it doesn’t feel particularly natural while riding. That’s a nice collection of features for any motorbike in general, but it’s only the beginning of what the Revolt has to offer. There’s a lot more to explore with the app Revolt created to interact with this machine. To begin, if the SIM implanted in the bike is connected to the internet, you may physically start the RV 400 via the app, or even via Google Assistant using voice commands. I don’t see why you would, but maybe my analog-loving brain isn’t qualified to remark on what the RV 400’s target audience will like. The software also allows you to create a Geo-fencing boundary beyond which the bike will not run. It allows you to choose from four different ‘exhaust sounds,’ monitor the battery and vehicle information in real-time, and order a replacement battery.
Some of the major discussion surrounding the RV 400 has revolved around Revolt’s various strategies for keeping its batteries charged. A conventional wall charger that plugs into the right side of the bike, below the seat, can be used. You can even remove the battery (which comes from the top of the ‘fuel tank’) and charge it at home, but I guarantee you won’t want to do that because the battery weighs 19kg. Thankfully, Revolt has plans to offer home delivery of fully charged batteries, as well as mobile battery trucks that can deliver to your location if you purchase through the app – so you won’t have to worry about the real job of replacing the battery. We think that some sort of battery-leasing system is in the works for these alternatives, but Revolt has left it for later. The RV 400 appears to have adequate quality levels, and all-important electrical components are IP67 water-resistant rated. Revolt has achieved 70% localization to keep costs down, but this is just the beginning since the company is pursuing a revolutionary pricing strategy. Essentially, you cannot buy the bike outright and must instead pay a monthly fee of Rs 3,999 for a period of three years. There is no down payment required, and this is not a lease or rental arrangement. You will own the vehicle, but instead of making one large payment, you will make small payments as you go.