Kabira Mobility KM 3000, KM 4000 Electric Bikes Launched In India
Are these the electric bikes our market needed?
Last month, we caught Kabira Mobility testing the KM 4000 in Goa. Now, the brand has launched its flagship electric motorcycle along with the KM 3000 which made an appearance at Auto Expo 2020. While the KM 4000 has been priced at Rs 1,36,990, the KM 3000 retails for Rs 1,26,990. As of now, the brand has only started accepting pre-bookings for the bikes with deliveries set to begin in May.
The KM 4000 is equipped with a 4.4kWh battery and a BLDC hub motor capable of producing a peak power of 8kW and a claimed top speed of 120kmph. With three power modes on offer, it offers a maximum claimed range of 150km in Eco mode and 90km in Sports mode.
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The KM 3000, on the other hand, comes equipped with the same battery pack with a usable capacity of 4kWh. The BLDC hub motor on the sports tourer can propel the bike to a claimed 100kmph and produce a peak power of 6kW. The claimed range in Eco mode is 120km while Sports mode will take it down to 60km.
An interesting feature on the bikes is the option to switch from the regular ‘Eco’ charge, which takes six hours 30 minutes for a full charge, to fast charge that can charge up to 80 percent in merely 50 minutes. Owners can switch between the options straight from the mobile app.
In terms of hardware, the KM 4000 gets an inverted fork up front and a link-type monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are handled by twin discs at the front, which is a bit of an overkill, and a single disc at the rear. As for the KM 3000, it gets a slightly basic setup with telescopic forks and a single disc at the front. It shares its monoshock and rear disc with the KM 4000.
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Both the bikes come equipped with a TFT colour console. However, Kabira has chosen different units for each bike. Other features on the KM 3000 and KM 4000 include combined braking system, regenerative braking, and a reverse mode. Kabira’s decision to equip the naked with better hardware than the faired motorcycle is something we’ve never seen any manufacturer attempt.
As for the design, both bikes bear an uncanny resemblance to Kawasaki models. In fact, the KM 3000 feels like a complete rip-off of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 while the KM4000 seems like a scaled-down version of the 2015 Kawasaki Z1000 with the headlight of the Yamaha FZ 2.0.
At this price point, the Kabira KM 4000 and KM 3000 certainly seem like promising propositions, if you are into electric motorcycles. But should you get one? We rode the production-ready prototypes of the bike and our first ride review will surely help you take the call. We already have the Revolt RV400 in the market, but we wouldn’t mind an e-scooter, the Ather 450X is the best we have at the moment.