News reaches us from The Times of India that state-owned, SIL – Scooters India Limited is back in production (or at least thinking about it). In the newspaper report dated 14th December, it says the company are planning to venture into the electric vehicle world, with their Vikram three-wheeler (in both commercial and passenger versions). More interestingly in the newspaper report, the company also mention that they plan to bring back the Lambretta in electric form. We reported on the firm going up for auction in this story from 2017.
Don’t get too excited
An Indian scooter source told us it’s highly unlikely to happen in their current situation and they no longer have the Lambretta tooling and production lines so it would mean starting from scratch again. He also told us the Government employees are on a fixed salary, they’re getting older and SIL aren’t employing any new people. In fact, they’ve been reducing staff because big companies have shown an interest in buying SIL for the land it sits on but will have to take on the existing staff if a sale goes through.
Realistically to get such a big project off the ground would rely on staff working harder for the same salary and older retired skilled employees coming back on less money than they were on previously to remake the iconic Lambretta. Never say never though, a Government-owned company can find investment when needed and electric vehicles are big business.
You can read the full article here. We’ll bring you more news as we get it but let us know if you’d ride an electric Lambretta? We already know of at least two companies working on electric versions, one of which will use a complete Lambretta as the basis for their version.
Thanks to Corey Fraser for the tip-off.
New products always in development…