Electric motorcycle manufacturers seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. And it looks like another is entering the fray. Mahindra & Mahindra owned Jawa Motorcycles appears to be the latest manufacturer to say that it will produce an electric motorcycle.
According to Gaadiwaadi.com, Jawa is working to develop its own electric motorcycle. Interestingly, the site says that Jawa will design the electric bike without significant “inputs” from its parent company Mahindra & Mahindra. Gaadiwaadi says Mahindra may provide some “tech sharing” between the brands.
Recently resurrected, Jawa has sold well in India. The company’s Jawa and Jawa 42 models sold quite well before the COVID’s pandemic. And, it has recently begun deliveries of its delayed “bobber-like” Perak model. So it seems that they are on somewhat of a roll.
Jawa design with little Mahindra and Mahindra input?
But it’s quite interesting that Mahindra & Mahindra (Mahindra) may not be very active in the development of Jawa’s new electric bike. Mahindra already has significant experience with electric vehicles. It produces an electric car called the eVerito. While not up to many contemporary electric car range standards, Mahindra does know what it takes to make an electric vehicle. Mahindra also has a Formula E team as well as an electric supercar courtesy of its acquisition of Automobili Pininfarina and their car sports a claimed 1900hp.
With that electric vehicle experience at hand, it’s interesting that Jawa wants to design the bike mostly by itself. Perhaps it’s Jawa’s stated intention to develop its machine while maximizing local production.
But Gaawaadi says that while that’s a noble cause, it may not be practical. They say that there are currently no facilities in India that manufacture many of the components needed for an electric motorcycle. They do hypothesize that Jawa may be motivated by low Indian production costs, which would ultimately make their products more affordable. In any event, it seems that Jawa will soon join the ranks of electric motorcycle manufacturers.