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Subsidies bypass electric motorcycles

Several Australian states are now offering subsidies for motorists who buy electric cars, yet none has offered the assistance to riders.

NSW, South Australia and Victoria have a limited-offer $3000 rebate for electric cars under $68,750 while Queensland sets the limit of $58,000 to exclude Teslas.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries motorcycle spokesman Rhys Griffiths says the subsidies do not apply to electric motorcycles and scooters.

However, the states and territories do offer various other incentives such as rego discounts, stamp duty exemptions, T2/T3 lane access that, in some cases, apply to bikes.

Rhys says it is important for states to “get consistency of regulations around electric-powered two-wheelers”.  

“At the moment there is a discrepancy regarding power to weight ratios applied to E motorcycles, in regard to LAMS eligibility,” he says.

Dominic Kavo of Australia’s first electric bike and scooter company, Fonzarelli, says stamp duty exemptions and registration concessions available for EV bikes in various states are “not as widespread as it really should be and states like Victoria have no concessions to speak of regarding EV motos”.

Fonzarelli NKDs electric motorcycle

“We would love to see a lot more incentives for EV riders,” he says. 

“To see them be at least commensurate with EV cars would be a great start but I feel there is also the opportunity to encourage more two-wheelers in many different landscapes as they can reduce congestion as well as emissions in these areas greatly.

“Overall encouraging and creating greater access to EV’s, whether it be monetary benefits, specific EV parking allocations, rebates and any other benefit is a rather necessary measure to help Australia get up to speed with the changing technology and maybe one day become a leader in sustainability.”

Town Page of Australian Electric Moto on the Gold Coast – Australia’s first all-electric-bike dealership – says he is writing to Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to ask why motorcycles and scooters are not included in incentives and what can be done to make them more affordable. 

“At the moment – not only do we not get incentives – we also get stung 5% customs duty on imported electric motorcycles and scooters – plus all the other costs involved in getting them here.

“Some States are doing subsidised charging units at home and work – like NSW. 

“There are also some lower stamp duty prices for electric motorcycles/scooters in some states – but most aren’t even setup for electric motors. 

“You are asked how many cylinders/CC your bike is when you go to register it. Most service teams just register it as a 125cc or low capacity bike.”

However, Rhys says “we are kidding ourselves if we expect any simplification of licensing just because you ride an electric-powered vehicle.”

Incentives electric bike importers and manufacturers would like to see include a subsidy on the price, free parking, priority lane access and reduced stamp duty, customs duty and registration fees.

The Australian Motorcycle Council is meeting tomorrow and will discuss their strategy on electric bike incentives.

While there is a growing list of electric cars being imported to Australia, there remain very few electric bikes available in our market.

Several motorcycle and scooter importers have access to electric models overseas, but are not importing them because of the lack of incentives and infrastructure.

Electric scooters are the biggest volume of electric bike sales in Australia, but scooters represent only 5% of the overall market.  

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Benzina Zero is new Aussie electric brand

New Australian company Benzina Zero has launched an electric scooter brand, led by a robust looking adventure scooter crossover model.

Longtime motorcycle and scooter industry stalwarts Joe D’Ercole and Ben Silver have been working a “long four years” developing the product with a Chinese factory.

“We have worked extensively with the factory to produce a product that is very unique and robust for Australian and European conditions,” Joe says.

Their range of five scooters now has European Certification and Australian ADR (Australian Design Regulations) Compliance.

  • The Duo crossover model resembles the New Zealand Ubco and has a top speed of 45km/h and 109km of range;
  • Duo+ has a 65km/h top speed and 95km of range;
  • The lightweight 65kg City has a top speed of 45km/h and 80km of range;
  • Sport has an 80km/h top speed and 133km of range; and
  • The leaning Cargo three-wheeler delivery vehicle has a roof, reverse gear, 80km of range and a top speed of 70km/h. 

All models, expect the Duo+, can be ridden in Australia on learner licences, while the Duo and City can be ridden car licences in Queensland, NT, WA and SA.

Prices and availability are yet to be announced.

All models can be charged via any wall socket or the battery can be easily removed for direct recharging. Charging range from five hours for the Cargo to seven hours for the Duo models.

The two-wheeler scooters are powered by Bosch electric motor technology with LG lithium batteries, while the 206kg Cargo has a Thai Yuma motor and lithium battery.

Benzina Zero also has a range of accessories that include pizza boxes for those who want to use them as delivery vehicles.

“We will be importing and distributing our brand in Australia and Italy,” Joe says.

“Italy was always number two in Europe to Spain but in the last 12 months it has made it to number one in the two-wheel market segment.

“There are many European countries who are now waiting for our shipment to arrive in Italy, estimated January 2022.

“I can confirm that we have 14 countries interested in our brand, so the UK, Philippines and Singapore have now confirmed orders for evaluation samples.

“Our Philippines importer who has looked at our product now wants us to consult for him on other transport projects that he is currently working on as well.”

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Horwin electric scooter launches in Australia

European electric scooter company Horwin Global has entered the Australian electric-powered two-wheeler market with the EK3 scooter.

Distributed by e-Motion Concepts (EMoS) of Brisbane Australia, the electric scooter offers a light electric vehicle and urban transport option.

The 2021 winner of the prestigious RED DOT design awards features modern design, smooth contours, bright colours and range of up to 100km.

The EK3 achieves a top speed of 95km/h and has a long 1320mm wheelbase and a 14-inch front wheel and 13-inch rear wheel for stability in the urban environment.EK3 electric scooter

Australian retail pricing for the EK3 has not yet been finalised, but EMoS says it will be “very competitive with similar style and performance, higher end petrol scooters”.

It’s not a dinky-toy scooter, either, with generous dimensions (1900mm length, 690mm width and 1130mm height), space for a rider and pillion, and load capacity of 170kg.

The scooter is powered by a single 40Ah battery running a 6.2 kW motor that pushes it to 60km/h in six seconds with full torque of 195Nm as soon as you twist the throttle.

It can also be fitted with two removable lithium-ion batteries.

A monitoring system provides protection against over-charging, discharging, over-voltage, short circuit and monitors the temperature of the batteries.

Battery life is more than 1000 cycles and charging time is 3.5 hours using the supplied intelligent charger.

The EK3 also features USB smart phone charging, remote control and keyless start.

Since it is classified in Australia as a LC (motorcycle) category it requires a motorcycle license, but is LAMS approved.

Horwin Global, is planning to expand their presence in Australia further in the future with additions of other models, such as the EK1, CR6 / CR6 Pro.

EMoS  is looking for interested parties that would like to stock and retail the scooters in Australia.

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Wayne Burgess to Become New Head of Design for Ola Electric

India is gunning to be a leading force in the e-scooter market. On May 3rd, Ola Electric presented the news of electric scooters on a global scale by 2022 and made headlines with the commitment to build a Hypercharger Network consisting of over 100,000 charging points across 400 cities of India.

According to a report from RideApart, Ola Electric also announced Wayne Burgess as the new Head of Vehicle Design.  The announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, or be more strategically placed, seeing as this news came the day after the company revealed its goal to provide the Hypercharger Network.

India Hypercharger Network

Wayne Burgess comes with an impressive pedigree, having played a hand in the design of the Bentley Arnage, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage and DB9. In the 20 years at Jaguar Land Rover, Burgess also played a part in the design of several Jaguar models, including the XF, XE, F-Type, and F-Pace models.

In a statement released by Burgess, “I am looking forward to my work at Ola Electric and to the opportunity to lead a team that will work on designing cutting-edge electric vehicles for the world. I am thrilled to be part of Ola as it accelerates on its path to becoming a leader in global EV solutions,”

“Wayne is a fantastic addition to our leadership team and will bring global appeal and design aesthetic to our industry-changing electric vehicles,” Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman, and CEO of Ola said in a statement.  

“As the world moves to EVs, the vehicle form factors will be fundamentally reimagined.  Wayne’s expertise in designing some of the most legendary vehicles will also be helpful in bringing these new form factors to consumers. I look forward to collaborating with him to build the most iconic range of EVs in the world,” said Bhavish Aggarwal. 

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Ola Scooter

Ola isn’t playing games when it comes to the company goals. On top of basing their first scooter prototype on the highly popular and efficient Etergo AppScooter, there are also plans circulating that hint at designs for four-wheeled electrics. Based on the major moves the company has made, it’s more than apparent that they plan on taking the EV world by storm. 

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Yamaha Files for Electric Scooter Lineup Name Rights

Yamaha has officially started the process of getting naming rights for their future electric scooter model. Rights have been filed for the name E01 which can effectively be used after May 17th, 2021, on the basis that they have no objections to using the name. 

Tokyo Motor Show Yamaha E01

The E01 name will be used for the electric scooter that Yamaha first unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. 

International Motor Shows like the Tokyo event are often the first place to see brand new concepts and production lines for major players in the Powersports industry. The prospective E01, an electric scooter that Yamaha had on display will inevitably be launched unlike the other scooter (a gas counterpart) they had on display at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. 

Yamaha E01 Concept

Filing for a name is just the tip of the iceberg for Yamaha. They also filed for the design and appearance aesthetics of the electric scooter to thwart anyone planning on copying Yamaha’s innovations. This will also help them for future scooter designs in case they choose to keep a uniform appearance. Similar to Yamaha’s current sportbike models like the YZF-R1 and its smaller counterpart models.

What can you expect from an electric Yamaha Scooter?

According to VisorDown, the E01 will have the same power characteristics as a 125cc gas scooter. It will offer the convenience of recharging at home along with very simple maintenance.

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Yamaha EC-05 Concept

Yamaha has also filed rights for an additional EV scooter named the EC-05, this model will have a removable battery for added convenience. More details to come on these EV’s in the near future.

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Defenition CE 04 E-Scooter Nearing Reality

If It Doesn’t Look Weird, It’s Probably Not Futuristic

The House of Monaco is taking more steps towards completion, with the BMW Definition CE 04 in its final design stages after it was unveiled in its standard version. We currently don’t have any technical specifications available to gloss over, but the pictures are interesting, to say the least.

Have you ever seen iRobot? This looks like something you’d spot in the background of the film. The new CE 04 is the perfect blend of futurism and modern technology. This unit is more of a showcase of the technical and visual potential of the House, and I’m not qualified to say if this vehicle could ever see the halogen-lit production lines anywhere in the near future.

The Concept Link was originally teased in 2017, and this actual prototype has managed to keep the visual elements virtually the same despite having drivable features and real technology incorporated into it. This version sees the same flat batteries incorporated in the sub-floor that the concept teased, so it’s great to see some of the technological concepts being explored and realized into actual practices.

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On the visual side, this scooter has been decorated in a livery containing a Mineral White Metallic base colour with orange and flat grey accents. Many of the mechanical components were left in the open for some sort of visual juxtaposition and the front headlight assembly features two LED lower eyelids in addition to the main beams.

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Čezeta Electric Scooter Company Is For Sale

Retro Style, Modern Technology, For Sale

The company Čezeta is a historical brand that’s well-known in certain circles. It had a real winner back in the 1950s. Today it makes electric scooters and is based in the Czech Republic. According to RideApart, the company is now for sale.

Would you want to own a well-known brand that is on the cutting edge of the electric scooter world? Čezeta could be your answer.

The CEO, Neil Eamonn Smith, recently released a statement that said he was seeking a company or investors to partner with so that Čezeta could continue operations. So, it’s not exactly a simple “for sale” situation, but if someone invests a lot of money or partners with the company, then they would likely own a majority stake in the business and more or less own it.

It’s unclear if COVID-19 contributed to this, but it seems possible. In his statement, Smith said over the last 12 months it has become clear that “the company cannot move forward without a new partner who has adequate resources.”

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I, for one, hope Čezeta is able to find a buyer. I could see the scooter company doing big things, and the electric scooter scene is really just heating up. Things are going to get very interesting in the next decade or so.

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BMW plans convertible electric C1 scooter

Patent drawings reveal BMW plans to bring back its C1 scooter, but with a detachable roof, seat belts, car-like crumple zones and an electric motor.

The German manufacturer filed a patent for an electric C1-style scooter with a detachable roof in 2017.

Now, more details are available that show it also has airbags, crushable zones front and back like a car, seat belts and aerodynamic winglets that automatically change angle according to speed.

I’ve got to ask … why?

The German company currently has five scooters: the C 650 GT, C 650 Sport, C 400 X and C 400 GT, plus the C Evolution electric scooter which has not yet been imported to Australia.

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BMW C Evolution electric scooter

The new patent drawings show the detachable roof with rear storage area on the electric scooter, but it may also be adapted for the petrol-powered models.

It could even be retrofitted to current models.

BMW patents scooter with roof
Retrofit roof

This is not the first time BMW has thought about bringing back the scooter roof. In 2009, BMW’s first electric scooter was the roofed C1-E concept, powered by a Vectrix motor.

BMW patents scooter with roof
C1-E concept

C1 failure

The whole idea of a motorcycle or scooter is to experience freedom from the cage of cars.

Adding a roof to a motorcycle or scooter not only looks ridiculous, but also makes it heavier and more unwieldy to ride because of its high centre of gravity.

Old C1 scooters can still be seen in crowded European cities such as Paris, but it was a dismal flop around the rest of the civilised world.

BMW patents scooter with roof C1

The idea was to attract car drivers to two wheels. In some countries, riders of the quirky BMW scooter were even allowed to go helmet-less!

Given the sales flop of the C1 which was only built from 2000 to 2002, you have to ask why BMW would consider its reintroduction?

Hopefully, the BMW patent doesn’t give safety nannies the idea that the introduction of a scooter with a protective cage and seatbelt is the answer to two-wheeled injuries and deaths.

BMW patents scooter with roof C1
Riderless C1 being tested

British company AB Dynamics has already used an old BMW C1 to develop by a self-riding scooter to “help improve motorcycle safety” and prove that motorcycles can interact with autonomous vehicles. 

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Fonzarelli electric delivery service

Restaurateur Joe Pagliaro on a Fonz Arthur Model 2 electric delivery scooter

Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Fonzarelli, is getting creative during the pandemic and offering “zero emissions” delivery for a Bondi restaurant.

Unlike UberEats or Deliveroo where 35% of the bill goes to Silicon Valley, the Sydney company has teamed with local gnocchi bar, Peppe’s Bondi, to deliver Italian meals straight to your door.

For $60 a Peppe’s daily meal will get you a gnocchi, red beet panzanella salad and bottle of Sicilian wine.

Creative delivery

“With our first partnership, Peppe’s, we are exploring different areas to optimise this unusual time,” says Fonzarelli spokeswoman Cristina.

“This supports our local economy and keeps their hospitality workers in jobs.

“It’s guilt-free dinner when it’s delivered to your door with an electric vehicle.

“All the hygienic procedures and precautions are followed to guarantee a safe delivery for both the rider and the customer.

“We will keep you posted for further partnerships.”

Visit the Peppe’s website to order online 

Fonzarelli HQ is open for business

Fonzarelli NKD is first Aussie mini electric subscribeFonzarelli NKD is first Aussie mini electric

Fonzarelli produce several electric scooters as well as the fun, electric, dual-sport Grom-sized NKD minibike.

Founder Michelle Nazzari says their NKD mini-bike has been available through Fonzarelli retailers and online since October 2019.

The Entry model costs $A9990 with 60km of range and a top speed of 80km/h, while the Special Edition costs $14,990 with 120km range and reaching 100km/h in five seconds.

Or you can subscribe through blinker.com.au to hire the Special Edition in Brisbane and Sydney for $120 a week.

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

Their Redfern store is still open and is following social distancing guidelines, offering hand sanitiser and wipes for test rides and keeping their service centre and production facility open by managing team shifts for less interaction.

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Suzuki slow to plug into electric revolution

Suzuki has been slow to plug into the electric motorcycle revolution, but looks like finally joining the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, at least in the Asian market.

The big four Japanese manufacturers have all been slow in announcing their intentions with electric motorcycles and scooters.

However, in April 2019, electric vehicle website Electrek claimed Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki has signed an agreement to work on standardising electric motorcycle batteries and charging infrastructure.

No doubt it’s hoped to avoid the Beta/VHS situation where new video recording technology went two different ways.

Standardised batteries and charging infrastructure would mean plugs on bikes and sockets on charging points would suit all electric motorcycle models.

Perhaps a standardised battery size, shape and output would also lead to a battery swap solution which would be quicker than waiting for a bike to recharge.

Slow revolution

By comparison with their major counterparts, the usually innovative Japanese motorcycle companies have been slow to join the electric vehicle revolution.

Yamaha released the PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt) off-roader for limited sale, mainly in Europe.

Yamaha PES1 electric motorcycles product standardiseYamaha PES1 electric motorcycle

Kawasaki has filed a patent for a water-cooled electric.

Honda has a hybrid scooter and an electric self-balancing prototype.

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Meanwhile, Suzuki has been the slow coach with no patents, no announcements, nothing!

Until now.

Autocar India reports that Suzuki Motorcycle India MD Koichiro Hirao says they are working on an EV platform for India.

There is no word on what that EV platform will be; motorcycle, scooter, mobility scooter!

Nor is there any word about whether they would be available outside the country.

India is becoming a major player in the EV market with a host of companies from start-ups to major manufacturers now making them.

This comes in the wake of tough new emissions regulations in the overcrowded and polluted country.

Learn electric terms

Living with petrol-powered motorcycles all our lives, we now find we will have to learn a lot of new terms in the coming electric revolution.

We certainly don’t profess to know much about electrical terms.

But here is a very non-technical, idiot’s guide to the main terms. (Electricians may find this quite amusing!)

Volts: This is a measure between two points in an electrical circuit, sort of like the water pressure in pipes. The mains plug in your house has 240V (230V in UK, 110V in USA) and your motorcycle battery has 12V.

Amps: Together with the voltage, it determines the flow rate of the current. High amps with a low voltage means a lot of current flowing slowly, like a fat, lazy river. Low amps with a high voltage means a faster flow of less current, sort of like when you squeeze the end of a hose and the water spurts out.

Watts: It you multiply the volts by the amps you get the watts, which is the output power of the electric motor. You should already be familiar with kilowatts which are 1000 watts. One kilowatt is 1.34% of one horsepower or one horsepower is 0.75% of a kilowatt.

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Kilowatt hours: This is the capacity of the battery. Think of how many litres you can fit in your fuel tank. A one watt-hour battery will power a 1W electric motor for one hour. The new Lightning Strike Carbon Edition has a 20kWh battery which means it can produce 1kW of power for 20 hours.

That’s just a start.

There are a lot of other factors involved and other terms for battery energy-density (watt-hours per kilogram), charging terms (AC, DC and fast chargers) and a variety of range calculations that take into regenerative charging.

Click here to read more about the complexities of range.

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