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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. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Husqvarna Pilen gets electrified

Husqvarna E-Pilen Concept


Husqvarna’s parent brand, KTM, is no stranger to electric motorcycles, with the Freeride E long offering a enduro/trails crossover battery powered version of the Freeride. Recently Husqvarna also introduced the E-Pilen concept to take battery power to the urban road enviroment.

Where the sporty Freeride E offers an 18 kW output, the new E-Pilen will produce significantly less at 8 kW. A 100 km range should prove sufficient for urban and suburban short-hop commutes.

Seemingly a battery powered alternative to the Husqvarna 125 models announced for 2021, the E-Pilen will offer less power. A modular and swappable battery system may offer increased flexibility and possibly even range if infrastructure for swapping, rather than waiting for a charge, becomes available. One would imagine that a system such as that mooted for Europe may not prove quite as economically viable in our broader Australian landscape.

2021 Husqvarna E-Pilen Concept E-Motorcycle

Husqvarna have also signalled their intention to increase their dealer presence in urban and metro areas – most likely in Europe – to further push their E-mobility range, where they are most likely to be well received, thanks to shorter trips and greater charging infrastructure being the norm.

Information at the moment on the new model is very light, with more details said to be on the way in the near future, however it seems a smart strategy alongside the e-balance bikes to get new riders onto electric machines. Possibly in the hopes of preventing the comparison to traditional alternatives for a new generation of riders, while also capturing the interest of first adopters.

2021 Husqvarna E-Pilen Concept E-Motorcycle

The looks of the E-Pilen certainly align well with the Svartpilen and Vitpilen models and despite the fairly low claimed output figure in comparison to what we’ve come to expect in motorcycles – even small capacity machines – has a real sporty edge.

The E-Pilen could well also be a viable option for those seeking something more than an e-bicycle, without making the jump to traditional motorcycle or scooter, and the 100 km range would cover many rider’s regular commute. We’ll have to wait and see what speeds the bike is capable of without greatly effecting that range.

2021 Husqvarna E-Pilen Concept E-Motorcycle

It will also be interesting to see if more powerful alternatives are offered in the future, aligning with the availability of 125, 250, 401 and 701 Vitpilen and Svartpilen models.

Price is also likely to be a hot topic with this model, with the Svartpilen and Vitpilen models having seen a fairly drastic price drop from their original figures, which has since put them in a fairly competitive position in the Aussie market.

2021 Husqvarna E-Pilen Concept E-Motorcycle

Whether the E-Pilen is an affordable alternative to a small capacity machine or ends up in a similar position to Harley’s Livewire – as a premium, fairly exclusive option –  remains to be seen. Affordability is a huge factor in this segment of the small motorcycle/scooter market.

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Aussie states tax electric vehicles

Victorian riders who travel 20,000km a year on their new electric motorcycle will have to pay a $500 annual tax.

The state is the second in Australia to introduce a user-pays tax on electric vehicles after South Australia last year became the first authority in the world to introduce a similar scheme.

In many countries the reverse is true where buyers are given tax breaks and other incentives such as free tolls and access to transit lanes in an effort to encourage the uptake of the vehicles.

Critics of the user-pays tax say it will discourage motorists from buying electric vehicles.

The South Australian system has a fixed annual levy on top of their registration as well as a distance-travelled charge, requiring motorists to keep a logbook or provide odometer readings annually, at rego renewal time.

In Victoria, motorists will pay a fixed 2.5c-per-kilometre levy.

NSW and other states are excepted to follow the move to replace existing federal and state road taxes.

Meanwhile the Tasmanian Government’s plans to go 100% electric vehicles for their government fleet by 2030.

Motorists currently pay a fuel excise of about 42 cents a litre, which funds road maintenance and infrastructure.

Electric vehicles avoid the charge even though they use the same roads.

Some say user-pays road funding is a fairer system.

Electric motorcycles have yet to take off in this country with sales of the $50k Harley-Davidson Livewire very slow.

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Denis Savic with his Aussie electric motorcycle

There are a few electric scooters available and Melbourne-based says Savic Motorcycles is launching their production model C-Series.

Company founder Dennis Savic told us “perception plays an important role” in taxing electric vehicles.

Government currently receives 42c/L of petrol or $11 billion a year which goes toward funding road infrastructure and maintenance.

“If everyone moves to electric, the question is how we will pay for new roads and road maintenance?” asks Dennis.

“Implementing a new tax that replaces the old one like-for-like is one solution.”

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive Tony Weber says it does not make sense to apply the charge to zero-emission vehicles now “as these technologies are still in their infancy and account for a relatively small portion of vehicle sales across Australia”.

“Right now, Governments should be encouraging the uptake of these technologies with positive policy initiatives particularly around emissions targets, infrastructure development and appropriate incentives for fleets and private consumers rather than introducing charges that potentially reduce the incentive for these customers to buy these vehicles,” he says.

FCAI CEO Tony Weber is learning to ride a motorcycle NGK
Tony Weber

Mr Weber added that a nationally consistent approach to future road user charging frameworks should be introduced to provide clarity and consistency across the country rather than the potential for different approaches across each State.

Motorcycle paramedics

“There is no doubt that Governments must consider future revenue streams to ensure continuing investment in road and transport infrastructure. The automotive sector is wanting to be a part of those discussions to support positive outcomes driven by efficiency and effectiveness for all stakeholders. However, at current volumes, the funds raised through this proposed legislation will be minimal.

“Until zero and low emission vehicles become more mature technologies, Governments should be avoiding the temptation to subject them to new taxes and charges that impact on their acceptance from consumers.

“Advanced economies across the world are finding ways to encourage and incentivise the introduction of these vehicles rather than introducing charges that are barriers to their market growth.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMoto confirms range of electric scooters

Chinese motorcycle and scooter manufacturer CFMoto has confirmed it will produce a range of electric vehicles which will be available in Australia from 2022.

Last month, they announced the purpose-built electric 300GT-E police bike.

CFMoto electric police bike
CFMoto electric police bike

Now they have followed up with the announcement of an electric sub-brand called ZEEHO and a Cyber concept scooter. 

CFMoto Australia importer Michael Poynton of Mojo Motorcycles says the production version of will go on sale in China in the first half of 2021 and reach Australian showrooms in 2022 even though he reckons Aussies are ready for electric urban vehicles.

“They are scheduled for release in the Chinese domestic market first half of 2021. We need to wait for this happen before we can begin with our own ADR (Australian Design Rules compliance) testing,” he says. 

“This process takes time, hence the 2022 introduction date.”

Like most CFMoto products, this is designed by Austrian designers Kiska who also design for KTM. 

CFMoto and KTM have had a long association with the Chinese manufacturer producing small-capacity KTM bikes for the local market for several years.

So this new announcement sparks speculation that KTM will also soon wind up its electric product range.

KTM has been in no hurry to get into electric motorbikes with only the Freeride E trials bikes in production since 2015.CFMoto electric Cyber scooter

Meanwhile, CFMoto’s electric scooters will soon arrive with a “Cobra” powertrain consisting of a 10kW mid-mounted and water-cooled IP6-certified electric motor delivering 21.3Nm of torque.

They claim a 0-50km/h acceleration time of 2.9 seconds and a  top speed of 110km/h.

The Farasis Energy 4kWh lithium-ion battery provides 130km of effective range according to New European Driving Cycle guidelines, while a fast-charging system recharges 80% of the battery’s capacity within 30 minutes.

The battery management system has a lifespan of 2500 cycles, or eight years, and a riding distance of up to 300,000km during operating temperatures between -20 and 55 degrees Celsius.

The hi-tech scooters also include six high-definition cameras for a complete 360-degree obstacle warning system, Bosch stability control and a ride-by-wire system with ‘Eco,’ ‘Street’ and ‘Sport’ riding modes.

There will also be a special ZEEHO app which will show battery status, navigation and allow users to customise their dashboard.CFMoto electric Cyber scooter

Other tech features are smart communications, keyless start, mobile unlock, voice commands, remote diagnostics, live vehicle tracking for vehicle security and “traffic-appropriate integration of social networking”.

So maybe you can check your Facebook status when sitting at the traffic lights!

Surprisingly, it has quality Brembo disc brakes with ABS, adjustable suspension and Pirelli Diablo tyres.

Also surprising is that it is chain drive instead of direct or belt driven.

While CFMoto is a market leader on price, these scooters may not be among the cheapest.

Michael says pricing is yet to be announced, but confirms they will retain the quality components. 

“However when you look at the quality of components used and the impressive performance figures, I certainly wouldn’t expect these to be the cheapest electric scooters on the market,” he says.

He hopes the range of electric scooters will be followed by electric motorcycles like the police bike.

Michael also says there has been no Aussie customer backlash over the current China trade issues.

“CFMoto sales are up considerably in 2020 with our retail volumes setting a new record and showing no signs of slowing,” he says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aussie states hamper electric bike companies

A plan by three Australian states plan to introduce a road-user fee on electric vehicles (EVs) could hamper the country’s fledgling electric motorcycle industry.

NSW, South Australia and Victoria have all announced a road user charge for low and zero emission vehicles (LZEVs), while the Tasmanian Government’s plans to go 100% electric vehicles for their government fleet by 2030.

This comes as the Melbourne-based says Savic Motorcycles launches their production model C-Series this Friday (26 November 2020).

Company founder Dennis Savic (pictured above) says “perception plays an important role” in taxing electric vehicles.

Government currently receives 42c/L of petrol or $11 billion a year which goes toward funding road infrastructure and maintenance.

“If everyone moves to electric, the question is how we will pay for new roads and road maintenance?” asks Dennis.

“Implementing a new tax that replaces the old one like-for-like is one solution.

“And the way it was communicated appears to have a negative impact towards EVs – but the government is kind of discounting their current taxes for EVs. So taxing EVs isn’t incorrect, but isn’t a perfectly accurate statement either.

“I wonder if a scheme was considered (and it probably was) where the public would be incentivised to buy and use electric vehicles, while the government recouped the potential lost taxes in another way.

“If the government invested in charging infrastructure to make charging more affordable and convenient to the public, the government could charge people for using them (no pun intended).

“I’m sure this is easier said than done.

“Electric vehicles cost less to run and maintain than ICE vehicles. Period.

“The industry will have to adapt and innovate if it would like to continue along its growth trajectory by offering products and services that suit the ever evolving customer. “

Fonzarelli NKD is first Aussie mini electric subscribe
Fonzarelli NKD is first Aussie mini electric

Michelle Nazzari, MD and founder of Australia’s award-winning Sydney-based Fonzarelli electric scooter and minibike company, says “any government imposing an EV tax when we lag behind so greatly in EV uptake, their policymakers require a sanity check”.

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

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) boss Tony Weber says the road-user fee would “destroy the path to a greener and cleaner motor vehicle fleet for this and future generations”.

Bloodbikes Australia has become an integral part of transporting COVID-19 tests from testing centres to medical laboratories.

“Don’t worry about health outcomes, don’t concern yourself about the environment –  short-term revenue collection comes first,” he says.  

“Other countries bend over backwards to increase the use of EVs and other low emission vehicles, because they recognise the benefits.  

“Australian state governments want to kill the technology at its infancy.  Is this because some states want to substitute the Commonwealth excise tax with their own tax?  Are motorists being caught in a petty game in which the states want to establish a new revenue base at the expense of the Commonwealth?

“The FCAI recognises that the decline in excise, the taxation of motorists and their vehicles, is a long-term issue that needs to be addressed.  We also understand that road user charging may play a role in Australia’s future tax regime.

“However, such a transition needs to be undertaken in a holistic and nationwide manner, recognising the importance of EVs and other low emission vehicles.  Let’s not kill EVs in their infancy.”

Meanwhile, Tony has applauded Tasmania’s decision as “forward-thinking”.

“Tasmania’s unique position with its renewable energy advantage means that the fleet will utilise domestic energy sources and create a more affordable second-hand electric vehicle market that will support the longer-term widespread adoption of low emission vehicles,” Tony says.

“This proposal shows great leadership by the Tasmanian Government and will hopefully inspire some less progressive governments around Australia.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Voxan Chases Land Speed Record October 30th, 2020

The Age of EV Domination

Humans have been chasing land speed records for over 100 years now. In 1898, Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the world’s first official land speed record in his French-made electric vehicle, hitting a top speed of 39 mph. It’s pretty insane to think that the first land speed record was achieved 100 years ago with an electric vehicle.

Today, elective vehicles have returned to lead the pack with impeccable acceleration, unlimited torque numbers, and wicked top speeds. Voxan Motors, a French motorcycle builder, is gearing up to fulfill their claim made on October 27th of beating 12 world speed records at once.

After testing in June and August of this year, the team has decided to return to their familiar airstrip at the Châteauroux airport for the third time this year between October 30th and November 1st to take their trio of Wattman machines to the limit.

Max Baiggi

Max Biaggi will be riding three different versions of the 270 kW Wattman to a hopeful victory lane. Each motorcycle has different variations and stages of aero.

“The whole team has been ready to take on these world records for several weeks. So instead of waiting to find out whether we will be able to ride in Bolivia in June 2021, I have decided to make the attempt now, on the track that’s both best suited and closest to our base in Monaco. If the weather conditions are good, we will be able to collect some records. It will be a fine way to mark 20 years of the Venturi Group”  Says Gildo Pastor, President of Venturi Group.

Ural Gear Up 2WD

All three bikes will attempt ¼ mile, 1 mile, and 1 km drag races with both standing and running starts. 

We wish Voxan and Venturi group the best of luck with their record attempts and will be eagerly waiting to see the results.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Yamaha accelerates its electric program

Yamaha has been developing electric vehicles for several years, but is now stepping up its electric program with a compact portable motor and an electric motocrosser.

The motor range is called an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (IPMSM) with varying outputs from 35kw to 200kw.

They say they can be used in motorcycles and other vehicles.Yamaha electric program

Now Yamaha Motor Europe is also involved in a joint project with KNMV, Dohms Projects and SPIKE to build an electric motocross bike, EMX, to compete with 250cc models.

Benefits include higher torque and higher traction.

Yamaha electric program
EMC program

Electric program

So far, Yamaha has only produced the electric PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt), but neither is available in Australia.

Last year, Yamaha unveiled their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Yamaha electric scooter with removable Gogoro battery

Yamaha is also co-operating with the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to standardise electric motorcycle and scooter technology, including charging infrastructure and swappable battery packs.

Last year, Yamaha also unveiled two electric scooters, an electric bicycle, an electric mobility scooter and an electric personal scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Bu it’s not all electric power in Yamaha’s future.

The company is also considering water power, but we believe it may also have an electric water pump.

Yamaha water bike
Yamaha’s water-powered bike

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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

Fastest chargingEvoke electric motorcycle

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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Kawasaki electric with removable battery

Kawasaki is moving closer to producing its EV Endeavor electric motorcycle with new patent drawings showing a removable battery and motor.

Their electric prototype was shown at the EICMA motorcycle show last November.

Since then, Kawasaki has released teaser videos.

The first official video from the company shows the work they put into the project.

The second shows it has manual four-speed transmission.

Endeavour with removable battery

The new patent drawings show a very rudimentary bike shape with a boxy motor and battery.

Kawaskai Endeavour electric with removable battery and motor

Not as awe-inspiring as the bike in the video.

But it’s mainly a representation of how the motor and battery are removable.

That’s interesting, because all the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers last year signed an agreement to standardise electric motorcycle batteries and charging infrastructure.

Since then, Yamaha has been developing a system to swap the removable battery. So maybe Kawasaki is also developing a bike with a removable battery.

This drawing from the Kawasaki patent seems to show the bike being delivered to the dealer without the battery and motor.

Kawaskai Endeavour electric with removable battery and motor

While that could be to avoid problems with transporting potentially hazardous batteries, it could also mean the batteries are removable and therefore swappable.

So, instead of having to wait around for hours to charge a flat battery, you simply swap the removable battery with a fully charged unit in seconds.

Whatever it shows, it seems Kawasaki s moving closer to production of its Endeavour electric motorcycle.

For the moment, Kawasaki say the bike is simply proof of their technology and intentions.

Long-term project

It’s been a long-time project for the green team.

Back in 2013, Kawasaki filed a patent for an electric version of its baby Ninja, but the patent was only been published last year.

These  patent drawings also showed a removable battery and motor.

Kawasaki electric Ninja patent battery swap

In 2015, Kawasaki filed patents in the US for as many as 10 electric motorcycle designs.

In other Kawasaki patent filing for electric motorcycles, one has a substantial cooling element with a radiator.

Electric Kawasaki Ninja patents
Electric Kawasaki Ninja patent drawing

Heat is one of the biggest impediments to performance and battery life.

I drove an early Tesla Roadster around Queensland Motorway and the instruments flashed red alerts for the battery heat after just four “hot laps.

The oil-and-liquid cooling system in the Kawasaki patent drawings are certainly more substantial than we have seen on any other electric motorcycle so far.

That would not only provide more range, but also greater performance.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com