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Electric Novus Is Light, But Expensive

This Novus carbon-fibre electric motorcycle weighs just 110kg and has only 100km of city range, yet it costs a whopping $US46,000 (about $A63,000).

That’s even more than the expensive Harley-Davidson LiveWire at $US29,900 ($A49,995) which has about 250km of city range.

Novus

Even so, the sleek Novus with its hollow where you would normally expect an engine is not the most expensive electric motorcycle in the world.

That “honour” goes to the Detonator at $US150,000 (about $A215,000).

Detonator expensive electric motorcycle
Detonator

It’s not even as expensive as the pedal-assisted Black Trail BT at $80,000 ($A114,500).

However, it would just squeeze into the top 10 most expensive electric motorcycles at number nine.

Novus

The prices of electric motorcycles will eventually come down like the prices of flat-screen TVs did, but right now they are very expensive.

In fact, only rich, early adopters will be rushing out to buy most electric motorcycles.

As Novus states: “We don’t build motorcycles. We create desires.”

Novus

It’s more of a “look-at-me” thing, rather than an economical decision to save money on petrol.

There is also a lot of debate over the whole-of-life environmental impact of electric versus petrol machines, but that’s a whole other issue.

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The Novus features a carbon-fibre monocoque frame, mono fork, swingarm and rims.

Novus

Interestingly the rear suspension is hidden in the swingarm and the front suspension has a proprietary, adjustable mono fork.

The non-removable 4.3kWh battery can be 80% charged in 30 minutes and sits inside the bottom of the frame to lower the centre of gravity.

Novus

Novus is powered by a 18kW rear hub motor with a top speed of 120km/h (74.5mph) and a 0-50km/h time of three seconds. That compares with the LIveWire that hits 100km/h in the same time.

Clever features are a Supernova headlight integrated in the handlebar and LED instruments which can be swapped for your mobile phone using a proprietary app.

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Miriam Orlandi Rides 4,350 Miles on Her Zero SR/S to Norway

Miriam Orlandi joins a rare group of folks who have taken electric motorcycles far further than many people thought possible. She managed to cover 4,350 miles on a 21-day journey.

She rode from Brescia, Italy, to Nordkapp, Norway. That means she averaged about 200 miles each day. While a couple of hundred miles might not seem like much, for an electric bike, it’s a pretty good amount.

She joins others like Diego Cardenas, Jesse Dalba, and Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman as a person who has taken an extremely long ride on a motorcycle.

Orlandi noted the silence of the motorcycle as one of the things she liked and the generosity of people who let her charge her motorcycle when she needed it, according to Motociclismo.

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The motorcycle she used was the Zero ZR/S. The company launched that model at the beginning of 2020. It’s a fully-faired version of the performance-oriented SR/F from Zero. When it debuted as a sport-touring motorcycle, I saw a lot of comments about how you couldn’t tour with that low of a range. Well, Orlandi proved those folks wrong.

The charging network in Europe is pretty good. That means doing a trip like this is not only doable but it can be pretty easy, depending on where you want to go. As more and more charging stations pop up around the globe, it will be easier and easier for riders of electric bikes to do longer trips like this.

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Hero MotoCorp Is Developing the Electric Ultra Sport Motorcycle

Hero MotoCorp is working on a new electric motorcycle platform called the e.US. That stands for Electric Ultra Sport and will be the basis of the company’s new line of electric motorcycles (please note that it’s not the bike in the lead image, that’s just a previous concept bike from the company).

The e.US platform will have a variety of drivetrains and range options to suit various applications. However, much of the platform will be shared across the lineup. The bikes will be performance-oriented in most cases.

The motorcycles will be manufactured in India but will feature components from Hero’s European suppliers. The company’s goal is to position itself as one of the major companies in the EV space around the world, according to GaadiWaadi.

This will also be a move away from the company’s current image, which is primarily a manufacturer of budget motorcycles. Hero will do its best to keep prices competitive, but it also wants to change its image a bit with its EV lineup.

Electric Chopper

At this time, there isn’t much known. GaadiWaadi reported on a report that emerged that pointed to a concept being developed in Munich, Germany, along with other EV vehicles, but beyond the report saying it was happening, there isn’t much.

It will be interesting to see how this materializes and where the story goes from here. Hero isn’t the only company from India that is putting a lot of research and development into EVs, but the company does have a lot of clout in the industry, and if it could create something special, it could get a leg up on the competition.

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Easy Riding On An Electric Mini-Chopper

Now you can be an Easy Rider commuter on this WYLD mini electric chopper from Brisbane-based electric light vehicle company EMoS, formerly known as e-Motion Concepts.

The e-Moped, which can be ridden on a car licence in most Australian states, will be available in six to eight weeks and will cost from $A2999 to $A5599 depending on battery size.

Electric Chopper

Range goes from 60km up to 80km with regenerative braking and a governed top speed of 50km/h so it can be ridden on a car licence in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Extending the special moped licence to all states is one of the key points of a Two Wheel Action Group petition to state and federal ministers. Click here to read more and sign the petition.

Electric Chopper

Founder and CTO Wolfgang Roffmann says they may not offer the entry-level 60km $2999 version in Australia but they may add a more powerful flagship version.

“It depends on demand, but no immediate plans,” he says.

“We are currently taking pre-orders and the response has been very good and will have the first batch delivered within 6-8 weeks.

“We are looking for retail outlets across Australia and we are finalising national distribution. For Brisbane we will have Motorcycles R Us, in Kingston Road, Underwood, as a retail stockist.”

The WYLD features a removable battery and you buy a backup 20Ah battery with 80km of range for $600 or a 30Ah battery with 90km range for $850.

It has fat 12-inch tyres, a solo saddle, mini ape-hanger bars, digital instruments and Harley-esque styling in red or blue.

“We want our vehicles to give our customers more: more safety, more agility and more fun,” Wolfgang says.

“Just putting an electric motor into the frames of previously offered vehicles is not making use of the design freedom the use of electric motors and batteries can provide.”

CEO and co-founder Harry Proskefallas says their philosophy has been to be “different”.

Zenith Bi-Car

“We want people to turn their heads for our vehicles,” Harry says.

“We want them to be excited about the form and the function and to make a statement for electric vehicles and that is the same for the WYLD.”

Electric Chopper

EMoS has a range of electric road registrable urban transport vehicles of people and goods, ranging from the three-wheeled Personal Mobility Device (PMD) iLARK to cargo-carrying three wheelers CT-KARGO and the CT-KUBE.

Battery/Motor Options Range(up to km) RRP
60V 12Ah/ 1500W 60km $2,999.00 May not be offered in Australia
60V 20Ah/ 2000W 80km $3,499.00
60V 30Ah/ 2000W 90km $4,199.00 Limited special @ $3599 until 18.09.2020
60V 20Ah/ 3000W 70km $4,999.00 Available 2021
60V 30Ah/ 3000W 80km $5,599.00 Available 2021

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Red Electric Scooters Come With Impressive Range Numbers

The French company Red Electric offers electric scooters in three different variants. While there are plenty of options when it comes to electric scooters these days, Red’s are special in that they offer long ranges between charging.

The three different versions are called E50, E100, and E125. The difference here is that they have two, three, or four batteries hidden beneath some interesting-looking bodywork.

The E50 may just have a 28 mph top speed, but the little scoot can do roughly 186 miles per charge. That would make it an excellent little commuter.

Next up is the E100. This scooter has a higher top speed of 50 mph, but as you might imagine, going faster means using up more electricity. It does have an additional battery, though, and it can go 137 miles before needing a charge.

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The E125 is the highest-spec version from Red Electric. This scooter can do about 124 miles on a single charge. The top speed for this one is about 75 mph. That’s highway speeds, folks.

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All scooters come with a 7-inch smart dashboard, backlighting, GPS navigation, and keyless ignition. It also pairs with your smartphone app. The pairing with your smartphone allows the bike to turn on and off automatically when you park it or hop on. You also get live stats of your bike, including battery power, and any maintenance issues that might spring up, which should be few because electric scooters are low on maintenance.

Overall, this looks like it could be a real winner. However, I think the styling is a bit odd. It’s a kind of chunky looking machine. Svelt is the last word you’d use to describe it. However, I’d suspect the folks interested in commuting or traveling on an electric scooter would be willing to put up with the styling.

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Aussie Fonzarelli Wins Design Award

Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Fonzarelli, has won the Australian Good Design Awards’ Automotive – Best Exterior category for their fun, electric, dual-sport Grom-sized NKD minibike.

The Sydney-based company which also produces electric scooters were among 800 entries in the awards.

Fonzarelli founder Michelle Nazzari says the NKD, launched in October 2019, had to meet environmental and performance targets but also an “electrifying aesthetic”.

“From stuntmen to old school riders, we’ve enjoyed a host of great feedback on our ‘street-legal beast’,” she says.

“But to be recognised as delivering the year’s most impressive exterior across the entire automotive category is an incredible endorsement.”

There are four NKD models:

  • NKDa (80km/h top speed, 50km range) from $6990;
  • NKDs (100km/h top speed, 100km range) from $9990;
  • NKD+ (100km/h top speed, 150km range) from $12490; and
  • NKDx (100km/h top speed, 200km range) from $14990.

Fonzarelli designs and engineers the bike in Redfern, Sydney, and manufactures them in Adelaide.

Fonzarelli NKD electric mini motorcycle
Fonzarelli NKD

Good Design Awards judges praised the NKD for its innovation and design:

“The styling of the NKD ticks the box and scores big for developing a solution that targets global emerging trends. NKD answered the need to move towards greener and more sustainable mobility solutions,” the judges said. 

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“The use of recyclable materials and ability to tap into renewable energy adds to the positive environmental messaging of the brand and product.

“In a world where everyone is looking for individuality, the NKD can be customised and personalised to suit individual taste. The ‘meccano’ styling has that retro handmade feel about it, reinforcing that custom appeal. It doesn’t appear like a mass-produced product, giving it a sense of uniqueness and intrigue.

“The jury loves how the retro custom styling is in complete contrast to the technology and powertrain that sits within. It’s very cool. 0-100 in 3.9 sec… WOW!

“Overall, the NKD is a cool step towards the shift to more environmentally friendly mobility solutions. Low running costs, high performance, range, customisation, safety, low service costs, the use of recyclable materials all add to a well thought out solution.”

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Big 4 Japanese Test Swappable Batteries

The four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers last year signed an agreement to standardise electric motorcycle developmet, in particular similar batteries so they can be swapped.

Since then, Yamaha and Kawasaki have patented battery swap ideas for electric motorcycles and scooters.

Now the four companies — Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha — are about to start testing these batteries.

The one-year “e-Yan OSAKA” tests will be carried out by staff and students at Osaka University who will use the batteries in supplied electric motorcycles.

Battery-swap stations will be installed on campus and at local stores.

The idea is similar to what Kymco has been doing in Taiwan since 2018.

Battery swap technology is not new. British company Battery Traction Ltd came up with the idea in 1938, but it was sidelined by World War II.

Better Place also suggested the idea in 2008 and went broke in 2013.

Car companies dabbled with the idea, but have largely canned it because their batteries are too big.

However, Tesla has patented a robot that can charge an electric car’s battery in 15 minutes and some small electric city cars can swap batteries in under a minute.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Gogoro battery swap vending machine

Electric motorcycles and scooters need smaller batteries than cars, so a quick battery swap system for two-wheelers makes a lot of sense and would solve the problem of hours-long recharging.

However, it requires all manufacturers to get on board with standard sized batteries.

Suzuki Katana is a rider’s delight

Therefore, this move by the four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers is big news for the industry and the future of EVs.

But since battery technology is developing at a rapid pace, especially decreasing in size, a standardised battery size would become obsolete in just a few years.

Kymco uses multiple small batteries weighing about 5kg each to get around the battery size issue.

They are not the first scooter company to suggest battery swap technology.

San Francisco company Scoot has about 700 electric scooters for short-term hire.

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Husqvarna Plans Electric Street Bike

A sketch for an electric Husqvarna has emerged showing the company has plans for an electric naked street bike.

It follows the launch last year of their first electric motorcycle, a small EE 5 electric dirt bike which is the equivalent of a 50cc model.

But now it looks like Husky will head to the streets with an electric after these images of an E-Pilen appeared in a leaked company investor presentation report.

The Swedish company is now owned by KTM which already makes the electric Freeride E-XC and SX-E5 trials bikes, but also plans to introduce electric street bikes and scooters.

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KTM SX-E electric

Perhaps the technology is being developed together.

After all, the sketch was part of an investor presentation hosted by Pierer Mobility which is the parent company of KTM and Husqvarna.

So we may also logically suspect a KTM E-Duke may be on the cards.

Zero DSR Dual Sport

The only difference between the E-Pilen and E-Duke could be cosmetic.

As for when they are produced, it could still be a few years if the sketches have only just emerged at an investor presentation.

It’s a long way from asking for money and showing a sketch to actually producing a prototype, then unveiling a production-ready bike.

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Electric Savic nears half its first orders

Almost half of the first production run of Australia’s first full-size electric motorcycle, the Savic C-Series, has been allocated to paid-up customers.

Savic Motorcycles founder Dennis Savic (pictured above) says they are on track for their first customer delivery in December after coronavirus pandemic setbacks.

So far, 21 of their 49 units have been pre-ordered for their first production run of 2021.

“The company management remains confident that this initial run will be sold out by the end of the year,” they say on their latest email update.

“With the first Savic-developed motor on schedule to arrive at our workshop in September, the current goal remains to get the first five Alpha bikes on to the road by late December.

“This includes our homologation vehicle, which will undergo all the roadworthy and safety tests required for regulatory compliance and state-based registration.”2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders giants

Savic C-Series

Savic Motorcycles will make 49 C-Series cafe racer electric motorcycles available 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 launches in Australia next month at $A49,995.

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.

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Evoke electric claims top range, fastest charge

Evoke Electric Motorcycles of Hong Kong is claiming their Evoke 6061 will have the world’s highest electric motorcycle range of 470km and the fastest charge time at just 15 minutes.

However, their Evoke 6061 “cruiser” isn’t produced yet. It’s still just a drawing and a projection of what it will achieve.

Furthermore, that’s 470km in the city where regenerative braking increases range. Highway range will still be impressive at 265km.Evoke electric motorcycle

They calculate range riding between 30-50km/h in the city and 140km/h on the highway.

Click here for more details on the vagaries of calculating electric motorcycle range.

That compares with the Energica Ego and Eva with up 400km (250 miles) of city range, Zero motorcycles with 360km if you use their optional  $US2295 Charge Tank and the Damon Hypersport with 320km (200 miles) of “real-world” range.

Damon Hypersport Premier and HS
Damon Hypersport

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As for their fastest charging claim, it will take 15 minutes to charge to 80% capacity and only at a CCS-enabled 125kW DC charging station.

Other electric motorcycle manufacturers claim 20-30 minutes using the same DC fast chargers.

The problem is that the more you use quick-charging on a battery the sooner the battery will become useless and need replacement.

Normal charging time from a mains outlet will be about three hours to 100%.

Evoke 6061 will cost $A33,500 ($US24,000, £19,000). That compares with the Harley-Davidson LiveWire launching next month in Australia at $A49,995.

LiveWire for pandemic recovery
LiveWire

The Evoke 6061 is powered by a 120kW PMSM motor and proprietary liquid-cooled 24.8kWh battery. That’s the world’s largest lithium ion battery pack in a motorcycle.

Evoke claims it will have a top speed of more than 230km/h.

It also features a laser-cut alloy frame, Spanish J. Juan brakes and LED lighting.

Evoke electric motorcycleThere is no word yet on when it will be produced, but orders have opened with a $US5000 deposit. Only 100 will be built.

Evoke also make an Urban Classic at $US8499 and an Urban S at $US7999, both with 200km of range.

Evoke electric motorcycle
Urban Classic

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