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User-pays incentive for electric vehicles

An automotive group is calling for a”fairer” distance-based user-pays road tax system and incentives to encourage more people to take up electric vehicles.

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland call supports the Queensland-based Motorcycle Advocacy Group Facebook group who last month called for rego to be scrapped and a user-pays tracking system for electric vehicles.

Future mobility

MTAQ CEO Dr Brett Dale says the uptake of electric scooters and motorcycles will have a “huge place in the future of mobility”.

“They are undoubtably more environmentally friendly and the uptake should be supported with a focus on safe riding,” he says.

“We all know the future of mobility will be underpinned by electrification and micro-mobility options will be a big part of that future.

“Government needs to support the new clean technology revolution through incentives for all vehicles that contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions.

“A fair user-pays system would appear to be the most equitable and costs should be determined by the volume of kilometres driven, where the vehicle has travelled (city congestion), the emissions and possibly the size of vehicles.”

Cost incentive

He says the expense of electric vehicles is a major impediment to their uptake.

For example, the new Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire will cost $A49,995 ($NZD53,995).

Harley-Davidsoxn LiveWire electric motorcycle year one day
Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle

That’s more expensive than all but the Harley CVO range and Trike Glide Ultra Classic. It is more expensive than the feature-laden Ultra Limited tourer at $A41,495 ride away and Freewheeler Trike at $45,995.

Dr Bell says Canada, China, USA, India, Japan and many European countries provide price subsidies and tax reductions, exemptions and credits to encourage the uptake of EVs.

Motorist taxes

Providing an incentive to buy electric vehicles could have two major ramifications for the community if there is a shift from petrol-powered to EVs.

One would be a power drain on the already stressed electricity grid.

However, some EV manufacturers such as Damon Motorcycles are including or considering a system were the vehicle actually puts stored power back into the grid, propping it up during peak load times.

Damon Hypersport Premier and HS
Damon Hypersport

The other issue is that road maintenance and construction could be impacted by EV users avoiding the 50c-a-litre fuel tax that contributes $13 billion a year.

However, Dr Dale says a user-pays system based on distance would help fill the funding gap.

More benefits

Dr Dale also points out that the MAG call to scrap rego would benefit people with multiple vehicles.

“It makes sense that second vehicles in particular, are not paying premium prices in registration,” he says.

“Certainly motorcycles can fall into that category and a user-pay system is far more reasonable.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Is Jawa developing long-range electric?

Former Czech motorcycle company Jawa is now developing an electric motorcycle in India that could have the longest range yet.

There is hardly a motorcycle company in the world that is not developing an electric motorcycle, so it comes as no surprise that rumours have surfaced that the now Indian manufacturer is also working on an electric bike.

But what is surprising is the look and performance of the bike.

Rather than developing something that looks like a sci-fi movie prop, the traditional manufacturer is developing an electric bike with similar design to the modern retro models.

It will also have similar range!

Since the current Jawa 42 model has a 14-litre tank and sips fuel at 37.5km/l, that’s range of 525km.

Jawa Classic Legends
Jawa 42

That would make it the longest range of any electric motorcycle on the market.

Interestingly, Indian startup Mankame Motors is working on an affordable electric motorcycle capable of 250km/h and 480km range to hit the market in 2022.

Mankame Motors EP-1 electric motorcycle with a claimed 480km range vector
Mankame Motors EP-1 electric motorcycle

The current (pun intended) longest range record is 360km which belongs to Zero Motorcycles with the extended battery fitted.

Jawa developing bike independently

Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra bought the rights to make Jawa for the Indian market and in November 2018 they released their Classic Legends models.

Jawa Classic Legends
Mahindra relaunches Jawa in 2018

Mahindra has an electric department that is making various electric vehicles, but Jawa is developing the electric Jawa project totally independently.

It is believed Jawa is outsourcing some of its development which would allow them to cherry-pick the latest developments in battery and motor technology.

But most interestingly, the companies working on the project have been told to make the motorcycle close to their petrol models, including design, mileage and power.

That’s interesting, because a traditional look and long range would certainly appeal to motorcycle riders.

However, there would be little appeal in the low power of the modern Jawa which has output of just 20kW (27bhp) and 28Nm of torque.

Jawa Classic Legends
Jawa Classic

In fact, the main attractions of electric motorcycles are their speed, acceleration, instant maximum torque and linear power delivery.

Furthermore, the brief to developers is to make power delivery less linear and more like a conventional bike!

Rumours say the bike will be available in 2023, but probably only in the local market.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley’s electric LiveWire available in September

Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire has arrived in Australia for testing ahead of its media launch in August and market release in early September.

The Tesla Model 3 Australia Facebook Group has published the above photo of a LiveWire being charged in Australia.

Harley-Davidson Australia/New Zealand marketing guru Keith Waddell confirms the photo was taken “while we were testing a range of public charge stations with a pre-production unit”.

September release

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycleHarley LiveWire

“A press release on the ANZ release is due this week however I can confirm that we will release in early September.

“We are looking to have an ANZ media launch closer to the end of August and are watching the COVID restrictions and related border closures.”

While Keith would not releaser the price of the LiveWire, it starts at $US29,799 (about $A42,900 and $NZ45,900 at current exchange rates) in the USA.

That would make it more expensive than all but the Harley CVO and Trike ranges, but even more expensive than the feature-laden Ultra Limited tourer at $A41,495 ride away.

Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited cure brain cancerHarley-Davidson Ultra Limited

Electrifying LiveWire

I rode the LiveWire last year in Portland, Oregon, at the world media launch.

Check my test ride here.

livewire mother earth NAWAMBW rides the LiveWire in Portland, Orgeon

It will be available in vivid black, orange fuse and yellow fuse.

The bike’s 15.5 kWh battery is capable of up to 235km of city range, 113km of highway range and 152km of combined conditions on a single charge.

LiveWire has an on-board level 1 240V charger which will take about about 12.5 hours from flat to reach full capacity at a cost of less than $4.

If you can find a Level 3 DC fast charger (CCS2), it will charge to 80 in 40 minutes, or full in an hour.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire tech specs

  • Price: $US29,799 (about $A42,900, $NZ45,900)
  • Colours: Orange, lime and black
  • Battery warranty: five-year, unlimited-km
  • Motor: H-D Revelation permanent-magnet, water-cooled electric motor
  • Power: 78kW (105hp)
  • Instant torque: 116Nm (86ft lbs)
  • Battery: Air-cooled 15.5kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery (Rechargeable Energy Storage System)
  • Transmission: motor output shaft, 9.71:1 gear reduction, belt drive
  • Acceleration: 0 -100km/h 3 seconds; 100-130km/h 1.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 177km/h
  • Range: 235km (city), 152km (combined stop-and-go and highway range using MIC City and MIC Combined tests), 158km (World Motorcycle Test Cycle)
    Harley-Davidson electric LIveWire paradeCharging points on the LIveWire are under the “fuel” cap.
  • Charging: 120/240-volt outlet 20km (13 miles) per hour of charging; DC Fast Charge (DCFC) 0-80% in 40 minutes or 100% in 60 minutes
  • Weight: 210kg
  • Suspension (rear): fully adjustable Showa Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite mono-shock
  • Suspension (front); Showa Separate Function Fork-Big Piston
    Sporty Harley-Davidson electric LiveWireFully adjustable Showa rear shock
  • Brakes: Dual Brembo Monoblock calipers, 300mm rotors
    Tyres: H-D/Michelin Scorcher (180mm rear and 120mm front)
  • Rider aids: Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), Cornering Enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) and Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS)
  • Technology: 4.3” colour TFT touchscreen, Daymaker LED headlamp, LED lighting, H-D Connect service connectivity and Harley- Davidson App
  • Riding modes: Seven selectable Ride Modes electronically control motor performance and level of RDRS intervention
  • Accessories: dual seat and tail, speed screen blade, decorative trim, hand and foot controls and cover with charging cord port

Sporty Harley-Davidson electric LiveWireTouchscreen instruments

More tech specs

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Dimensions

84.1 in. (2,135 mm)

Overall Width

32.7 in. (830 mm)

Overall Height

42.5 in. (1,080 mm)

Seat Height, Laden / Unladen

30 in. (761 mm) / 30.7 in. (780 mm)

Ground Clearance

5.1 in. (130 mm)

Rake (steering head)

4.3 in. (108 mm)

58.7 in. (1,490 mm)

Tires, Type

Michelin® Scorcher® “Sport”

Scorcher® “Sport”

Tires, Front Specification

120/70 ZR17 58W

Tires, Rear Specification

180/55 ZR17 73W

Transmission Capacity

0.34 qt (0.32 L)

Coolant Capacity

0.8 qt. (0.72 L)

Weight, As Shipped

549 lb. (249 kg)

Weight, In Running Order

549 lb. (249 kg)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

949 lb. (430 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front

434 lb. (197 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear

580 lb. (263 kg)

Drivetrain

Primary Drive (*Cert)

Spiral bevel gear , 55/17 ratio

Final Drive (*Cert)

Belt, 3/1 ratio

Transmission

Single Speed

Gear Ratios (overall) 1st (*Cert) (X.XXX)

Aluminum cast

Aluminum cast

Front Fork

SHOWA® 43 mm Inverted Separate Function Forks – Big Piston (SFF-BP®), fully adjustable

Rear Shocks

SHOWA® Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite (BFRC-lite®), fully adjustable

Wheels, Type

Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Wheels, Front Dia. / Width

17 in. (432 mm) / 3.5 in. (89 mm)

Wheels, Rear Dia. / Width

17 in. (432 mm) / 5.5 in. (140 mm)

Brakes, Caliper Type

Dual 4-piston monoblock radial mount front, dual-piston rear

Brakes, Rotor Type

Dual floating rotors (front), floating rotor (rear)

Brakes, Front Diameter / Thickness

11.8 in. (300 mm) / 0.2 in. (5 mm)

Brakes, Rear Diameter / Thickness

10.2 in. (260 mm) / 0.2 in. (5 mm)

Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Suspension Travel, Front / Rear

4.5 in. (115 mm) / 4.5 in. (115 mm)

Performance

Lean Angle Testing Method

Lean Angle, Right / Left (deg)

Lithium Ion, 12.8V , 24 Wh, 120 A

Onboard DC to DC conversion

Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp

All LED, low beam, high beam and signature position lamp

Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop

LED with light pipe tail

Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights

Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps

High beam, turn signals, ABS, traction control, EV fault

Lights, Rear Turn Signals

LED, Amber

4.3” WQVGA 480×272 TFT Color Display with Ambient Light Sensor, 9 warning lights, Real Time Clock and Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity to a Smartphone to provide infotainment features including turn-by-turn navigation, telephone, music, and voice recognition.

Electric Power Outlet

USB C-type; output 5V at 3A

EV Specific Content: Motor

116Nm (86ft-lb)

Internal Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with Water Jacket cooling

Motor Name

Revelation®

Inverter type

Pole Count

Power (hp/kW)

105HP (78kW)

6.69 in. (170 mm)

Stack Length

3.94 in. (100 mm)

EV Specific Content: RESS

Lithium Ion

15.5kWh total, 13.6kWh min usable

EV Specific Content: Charging

Charge Plug Type

SAE J1772 Combo Inlet (CCS1) / IEC 62196 Combo Inlet (CCS2)

On-board charger, charge rate

AC wall charging time (not verified)

Target – Full charge in 12.5 hrs – Capable of 12.6 miles/hour charge rate (MIC city cycle)

DC fast charging time (not verified)

Target – Full charge in 1.0 hr – Capable of 192 miles/hour charge rate (MIC city cycle)

DC to DC conversion

450W at 14.2V

EV Specific Content: Range

146 mi (235 km)

Highway (70 mph sustained)

70 mi (113 km)

95 mi (152 km)

WMTC (World Motorcycle Test Cycle)

98 mi (158 km)

Infotainment

Hands-free Mobile Phone – via Bluetooth

Voice Recognition Languages: Phone functions only

Via paired iOS or Android device

Voice Recognition Languages: Tuner/Media/ Navigation

Via paired iOS or Android device

USB Type-C

Phone/media supported

Telematics

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Tarform Luna is an electric pineapple express

The Tarform Luna electric motorcycle is claimed to be more environmentally sound as it uses non-toxic, biomaterials such as flax for body panels and pineapple material in the seat.

It was unveiled last December with the special Founder Edition costing from $US42,000 (about $A61,200).

Now the standard Racer and Scrambler models are available for pre-orders starting from $US24,000 (about $A35,000).

Tarform scramblerTarform Scrambler Tarform racerTarform Racer

Luna production starts in late 2020 for delivery in 2021.

Taras Kravtchouk, the New York founder of the Tarform Luna electric motorcycle says their bikes use “honest materials that do no harm to our environment”.

Some critics say electric vehicles are not environmentally sound because of the emissions involved in extracting the precious metals for the batteries and the toxicity of recycling material at the end of the battery’s life.

Evolution in extraction, manufacturing and recycling processes is reducing those impacts with less use of materials such as cobalt and increasing use of repurposed lithium-ion batteries.

Tarform electric pineapple expressTarform’s electric pineapple express

However, the jury is still out on the real impact of EVs.

Reports about the whole-of-life impact of electric vehicles compared with internal-combustion-engine vehicles vary substantially.

Pineapple express

Taras hopes to improve the whole-of-life environmental impact by using biomaterials in the construction of his bike, such as pineapple in the seating.

He also claims materials have been “ethically” sourced.

Other components are not permanently glued or bonded, making upgrades and repairs easy.

Taras says his goal is to use fully recyclable materials and no petroleum-based products. Of course that will mean something other than conventional tyres.Tarform electric pineapple express

“At Tarform we treasure the freedom to ride in nature and feel responsibility to build vehicles that do no harm to our environment,” he says.

The Tarform is powered by a 41kW air-cooled electric motor that drives the rear wheel via a roller chain and has almost 200km of city range

The Luna uses a 10-kW lithium-ion battery pack, reaches 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150km/h.

It uses Ohlins suspension and IRS brakes.

The 3.3-kW onboard charger can charge the battery up to 80% in 50 minutes.

Tech features include blind spot detection system that vibrates the seat to warn the rider, a 180-degree rearview camera and an app to track data about the bike.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Electric Emula will emulate any motorcycle

Imagine an electric motorcycle that could emulate the sound and feel of any past or present sportsbike, whether thumper or multi-cylinder.

It’s called the Emula (short for emulate) and it promises to be a thousand bikes in one.

Emulate with McFly

The prototype bike is the product of Italian company 2Electron.

It uses what they call McFly Core technology which is a wink to Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty McFly, in the Back to the Future movies.

But rather than a “fluxcapacitor”, the Emula uses subwoofers under the seat and on the tank to match traditional bike sounds, vibration pads in the seat, bars and pegs to provide engine feedback sensations and a digital gear shifter and clutch lever.Emula wll emulate traditional motorcycles

They say customers will be able to choose “almost” any brand, make or model of motorcycle and the technology will be able to match the sound, feel and even emulate the power curve, throttle response and gear shifting characteristics.Emula wll emulate traditional motorcycles

One of the most common complaints about electric motorcycles is that they lack the sound, feel and emotion of a traditional motorcycle.

This technology is obviously geared to overcome this, but at what cost in dollars and weight?

There is no word yet on scheduled arrival, price or tech specs such as range and charging times.Emula wll emulate traditional motorcycles

Boring mode

However, they do say it has have a “Boring Mode” which turns off the noises, vibrations and reverts to twist-and-go throttle with direct drive to the rear wheel.Emula wll emulate traditional motorcycles

They also claim a 250km/h (155mph) top speed.

Since the McFly emulation software is simply downloaded into the bike’s computer, you can chose several favourite motorcycle types and swap between them on the fly (or is that McFly?).

Now that would be interesting. Imagine switching from a Mike Hailwood Ducati to a Doohan 500cc two-stroke!

It’s sort of like a bike simulator on steroids.Emula wll emulate traditional motorcycles

Is this just a gimmick, or do they really think this has the potential to come to market?

We don’t know. We contacted the company and have yet to receive a reply, but will update if/when we do.

* Meanwhile what bike would you nominate to program into this electric machine? Leave your comments below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Lightning develop enclosed electric bike

A fully enclosed electric motorcycle is being developed by American company Lightning Motorcycles to overcome the inherently poor aerodynamics of bikes.

Recently the company applied for a patent for the design and now online electric vehicle site Elektrek has pictured a model in a scaled-down wind tunnel and videoed a prototype on the street.

Lightning Strike

Lightning Motorcycles started building electric bikes in 2006 and in 2014 built the world’s fastest electric motorcycle, the $US38,888 (about $55,800), 150kW (200hp) Lightning LS-218, so named because it has a top speed of 218mph (346km/h).

Their more affordable Strike (from $US12,998/$A18,700) will be available soon. 

CEO Richard Hatfield says they have been working on “a whole series of new products” including “higher performance products and more affordable products”.

He also told Elektrek that they were working on “more exciting than the things we’ve done so far”.

Enclosed project

Lightning enclosed electric motorcyclePatent drawing

He has now confirmed the enclosed motorcycle project to overcome the poor aerodynamics of motorcycles.

They developed it using a 3D-printed scale model in a small wind tunnel, but also have access to a full-sized wind tunnel.

Lightning enclosed electric motorcycleModel wind tunnel

It has now been seen in prototype out on the streets, presumably near their HQ in San Carlos, California.

Lightning enclosed electric motorcyclePrototype testing

What we really want to see is how it stays upright when stopped.

We can’t see the rider’s feet, but there appears to be a gap in the body where they may be able to put their foot down.

Perhaps they have outriggers that deploy at a certain speed or a gyroscope to keep it upright like the Honda self-balancing motorcycle or a gyroscope as in Harley-Davidson’s patent design.

Honda's self-balancing motorcycle - short season damon lastHonda’s self-balancing motorcycle

Richard told Elektrek he wanted to make electric motorcycles more efficient by improving the aerodynamics.

“The overall conclusion is that motorcycles are pretty poor aerodynamically. Improving the aerodynamics is perhaps the best opportunity to reduce the battery pack size while maintaining good highway range and higher speed riding,” he says.

However, it doesn;’t seem very “mororcycle-ishj” withn what l;ooks like a steering wheel.

Enclosed motorcycles are not new. The BMW C1 scooter had a roof and companies as diverse as Yamaha, Toyota and AKO have plans for enclosed leaning two- and three-wheelers.

The driving force (pun intended) for these designs is to make riding safer and more accessible to more people.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Electric outfit for long-distance riding

Spanish design student Iago Valino imagines an electric future with a BMW outfit with a batteries house in the sidecar for long-distance riding.

His BMW concept drawing is not sanctioned by BMW Motorrad, but they must surely be paying some attention.BMW electric outfit

One of the biggest problems with electric motorcycles is fitting a big enough battery in such a small machine to provide suitable range.

Housing a battery in a sidecar would provide extra range for long-distance travel.BMW electric outfit

Electric outfit

Iago isn’t the first to think of an electric outfit.

Last year Russian company Ural Motorcycles built a prototype. There is no word on when — or if — the finished product will come to market.

URAL electric sidecar prototypeURAL electric sidecar prototype

Like the Ural, Iago also sees the potential for not only long-distance travel, but some off-road applications.

His original project was an on-road focused model but he has also drawn one with off-road looks, without modifying ground clearance.BMW electric outfit

“Maybe, the ‘off-road’ adjective doesn’t fit quite well, but I was thinking on traveling around the world without having to avoid bad condition or dirt roads (Morocco for example), not dunes or similar pure off-road conditions,” he says.

“Either way, this was originally a really quick project and I had no time to approach technical solutions, the main proportions and front suspension system come, slightly modified, from the BMW DC Vision, an official concept, more or less as undriveable as this one could be.”

The DC Vision is the authorised BMW Motorrad vision of what their electric future may look like with its boxer-style electric motor.

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster electric boxerBMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster electric boxer

Not that BMW is getting close to an electric motorcycle just yet.

In 2018, managing director Stephan Schaller said electric motorcycles are “not in their immediate future”.

Yet last year the company applied for a patent for an electric motorcycle with the motor and battery making up the bulk of the frame, linked via upside down forks and a single 45-degree mono shock to the swingarm.

bmw serious about electric motorcycleBMW patent drawing

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Soriano electric has ‘boxer’ motors

Italian motorcycle company Soriano Motori is making its first electric motorcycle with twin motors arranged in a twin-opposed “boxer” fashion like BMW’s famous engines.

The motors of the EV Giaguaro (Jaguar in English) work together for full power or independently for optimum range.

Soriano Design and Product Development Director Sergio Moroni says the project is a “passionate labor of love”.

“We are already building the prototype (or better “frame no. 1”) near Milan, close to Lake Como,” he told us.

Soriano EV Giaguaro V1S and V1RGiaguaro V1R

“Full production will go into gear right after EICMA (motorcycle show in Milan in November) and the first deliveries will be in the first quarter of 2021.

“For this model and series we will only build an exclusive limited series of 100 numbered and signed motorcycles.” 

Prices start at €25,500 for the V1R and up to €32,500 for the Gara. “Maybe more, depending on selection of accessories,” Sergio says.

Soriano EV Giaguaro V1S and V1RGara

Boxer electric

“What is interesting and we think it is a game changer to a degree is the fact that we have a ‘boxer’ solution with two electrical engines with shift and gear that actually helps in the way the bike handles and it responds in starting, cruising and accelerating,” Sergio says.

“The two engines work either independently and/or together (smaller for city use, larger – and/or both together – for highway cruising and/or fast acceleration) to achieve more efficiency also with the help of the gears.”

However, they are not the first to think of the boxer idea for an electric motorcycle.

In June 2019, BMW Motorrad unveiled their plans for an electric motorcycle that looks like a traditional Boxer-powered bike.

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster electric boxer electromobilityBMW’s Vision DC Roadster electric concept

However, there is no word from the Big Bavarian on when or if it will ever be produced.

The Soriano bikes will have a minimum of 150km range at a regular cruising speed with up to 200km on city range with a top speed of more than 180km/h.

Soriano EV Giaguaro V1S and V1RSoriano EV Giaguaro V1S and V1R

The battery will take an average of four hours to charge.

“We are definitely working on a fast charger,” Sergio says.

“This part is already developed but we are actually looking at a couple of solutions that could improve both charging times and range.” 

Other interesting design and engineering facets are girder forks, a three-speed gearbox and peripheral brake discs as used by Erik Buell.Soriano EV Giaguaro V1S and V1R

Soriano history

The Soriano brand began in 1919.

Soriano Motori was founded in Madrid in 1941 by engineer Ricardo Soriano Hermensdorff von Scholtz, Marquis of Ivanrey.

In 2020, family heir Marco A. Soriano revived the brand in New York as a boutique motorcycle brand.

However, Sergio says the “heart and soul of the company is in Italy”.

Tech specs

  • Motors: Liquid-cooled, brushless Duo-flex
  • Power: 60kW
  • Torque: 144.8Nm
  • Clutch: Manual hydraulic, three ratios
  • Batteries: 15kW/h lithium-ion
  • Wheelbase: 1550mm
  • Seat: 820mm
  • Suspension: Aluminium girder forks; progressive, triangular rear
  • Brakes: 420mm peripheral “batflay” disc, radial 6 piston clipper; 250mm peripheral “batflay” disc, radial 4 piston clipper
  • Wheels: OZ Racing 17” x 3.5”; 17” x5.5 /6”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Electric Savic on track after virus setbacks

Australia’s first full-size electric motorcycle, the Savic C-Series, is on track for their first customer delivery this year after coronavirus pandemic setbacks.

Savic Motorcycles founder Dennis Savic (pictured above) says bike development is “going relatively well”.

“We have some new suppliers and it’s driving a significant, but positive, redesign of the powertrain unit which will be key to our success.

“The new design has been refined slightly and we’re keeping it under warps.

“The under bodywork will be completely different, but the overall aesthetic will be the same.”

Setbacks2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders giants

This is despite some minor setbacks caused by the pandemic lockdown.

“Our biggest hit was a delay in investment as some of our investors removed their initial commitments as a result of the virus,” he says.

“They run their own businesses and need to conserve cash.

“Getting any kind of funding at the moment is challenging as a lot of risk capital has dried up. 

“Many companies and funds are conserving cash to weather the COVID-19 financial storm. 

“We’re lucky enough to have secured our seed funding this month, and are about to hire a few people so that we can get to work on building the production prototype.” 

Production and orders

2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders incentivesDenis Savic with his Aussie electric motorcycle

Dennis says most of their supply base for pre-production parts from suppliers in Taiwan and China are “back up and running” after the lockdown.

“We’re still receiving orders from excited customers which is great for the team,” he says. 

Dennis hopes to have the first customer bike delivered late this year.

“The delay in funding is pushing the time lines back a bit,” he says.

“Our objective is delivering the first bike this year if we can manage it and pending the international situation. I like to over achieve.”

Savic C-Series

Savic Motorcycles will make 49 C-Series cafe racer electric motorcycles available from November in three variants.

Specification Alpha Delta Omega
Power 60kW 40kW 25kW
Torque 190Nm TBC TBC
Range 200km TBC TBC
Charge time 4-6 hours TBC TBC
0-100km/h 3s 900ms TBC TBC
Price (+ORC) $22,999.00 $15,999.00 $10,999.00

That’s much cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle which launched last year in the US at about $US30,000 ($A44,000).  It was expected to be available in Australia late next year, but delivery may be delayed by the pandemic. Pricing is also yet to be confirmed.

Denis says he hope to make his bikes available for test rides at the Australian Motorcycle Festival in Wollongong in November, if it still goes ahead.

Buyers of the first production models will also receive:

  • Exclusive company updates first;
  • Lifetime membership providing exclusive discounts for all future Savic rider gear; and
  • Live updates and images of their bike build as it happens.2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders whirring

Each model comes with several battery pack options. The largest offered in the Alpha will provide range of up to 200km, while the smallest option in the Omega is expected to have about 50km range. 

Like all electric vehicles, peak torque is instantaneous and the Alpha will accelerate from 0-100km in 3.9 seconds.

By comparison, the LiveWire has city range of about 235km and highway range of about 150km and reaches 100km/h in three seconds.

Savic customers will be able choose a range of options in brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and three colours – Spectre, Stealth, and Rustic.

Aftermarket upgrades will also be offered. 

The bikes feature a fully integrated, stressed, liquid-cooled motor and energy storage system.

Depending on the model and battery pack a customer selects, a single charge can provide up to 11kWh. That costs only $3 compared with about $15 for a petrol bike to travel 250km.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

RGNT No. 1 bike tracks your location

The Swedish RGNT No. 1 electric bike has a 4G connection for real-time data logging, tracking your bike’s location and automatically downloading software updates.

Given the reticence of riders to download the COVIDSafe app, we wonder how many riders would approve of their bike being connected to the internet so authorities can track you!

The “Internet of Things” bike is the idea of Swedish company, RGNT Motorcycles.

Their RGNT No. 1 electric bike will also have Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) that transmits positioning and timing data to GNSS receivers to determine location.

RGNT believes this is a good idea so riders can stay connected and it would certainly have safety and security benefits.

However, some riders may be concerned the authorities could track where you are and how fast you’re riding!

We asked how they will protect user privacy and will update if/when they reply.RGNT No. 1 electric internet motorcycle

RGNT call it a Human Machine Interface (HMI) module which was designed in partnership with communication and radar company Qamcom and computer development company EvolveLab.

Evolve Labs boss Joakim Guston says RGNT Motorcycles approached them and Qamcom to help build and design the ho-tech bike.

Hi-tech features will include over-the-air fleet firmware update, cloud-based bike data management and navigation.

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The lightweight 142kg bike is powered by a 11kW electric hub motor with a 7.7kWh battery which give sit rage of 150km and a top speed of 125km/h.

The battery take 4.5 hours to fully charge, but a fast charger is being developed and is expected to be offered in 2021.

It has a steel-chassis, disc-brakes, LED lights and all cost €10,500 (about $A17,675) for the standard edition with a two-year warranty.

Deliveries start in July/August 2020 with free shipping to dealerships in European countries where they have dealers.

The fact that it is called No. 1 indicates there will be future models.

Qamcom spokesman Johannes Wiig says the RGNT No1. is “revolutionising the way we drive on two wheels by combining the vintage design look and feel with a high-performance electric driveline and user experience expected by our tech-savvy riders”.

Each RGNT No.1 motorcycle will have its own user profile which can be reached through the app or a computer.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com