Indian 2-wheeler maker LML (Lohia Machinery Limited), which left the market in 2017, is now planning to return. The Kanpur-based manufacturer plans to re-enter the market as an electric two-wheeler manufacturer. The LML brand is returning to the market with the help of SG Corporate Mobility (SGCM). They acquired the rights to the LML brand last year. The new incarnation of LML will be called LML Electric. The manufacturer will work with Indian firm Detel on electric two-wheelers.
LML Electric is currently in talks with several state governments to set up their new facility. The announcement could be made later this year, and the facility is expected to be operational by 2024 For the time being, they will use the former Harley-Davidson plant at Bawal in Haryana to build vehicles. The Bawal plant currently has a capacity of about 20,000 units per year. The manufacturer mentioned above will work with Detail. SGCM will focus on low-speed EVs designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations where SGCM or LML will focus on electric urban mobility and premium products.
LML Electric will have an aggressive and unique product portfolio for the Indian market. The company will unveil three of its products on September 29, 2022. The date is special for the manufacturer because it is the 50th anniversary of the LML brand. Of the three products, the first model to be unveiled for India will be an electric hyperbike. In addition, they will unveil electric bikes and scooters. The electric hyperbike will be the first product to be launched in India. It will be a premium electric bike that will provide paddle-assistance.
LML is collaborating with Germany’s eROCKIT for electrical technology and products. The German brand will offer the core technologies and platforms on which LML products will be based. In return LML will work with eROCKIT to manufacture products as per Indian requirements. LML Electric plans to export its vehicles and will also manufacture Erocit products in India for the export market.
Yogesh Bhatia, CEO, LML Electric, said, “Our products will not only be adapted but also engineered and improved for the Indian condition.” He made it clear to Electric Hyperbike that the LML plans to launch in the electric market would be different in terms of specifications compared to the German-spec eROCKIT. The Indian version of the electric hyperbike is expected to offer a range of about 120 km on a single charge. The maximum speed of the motorcycle will be 90 km per hour and it is expected to generate 20Ps. He added that the manufacturer has been working on electric hyperbikes for about five months. The manufacturer plans to launch a performance oriented electric bike by 2024.
Delivery of the electric hyperbike is expected to begin in early 2023. At the same time the delivery of the electric cycle will also start. The manufacturer also plans to start delivering the electric scooter by August 2023. LML Electric’s electric scooter will likely compete with the Ather 450X and Ola S1 Pro.