A yr and a half in the past German startup NOVUS unveiled the first prototype of their new carbon fiber electric motorcycle. The design has since been up to date right into a extra strong bike, but the sky-high worth has remained simply as lofty.
I’m not going to bury the lede right here.
The NOVUS electric motorcycle is priced at €39,900 with out VAT or €46,284 with VAT.
That’s US$47,000 or US$54,500, for whoever that helps.
Alright, so what are you getting for that a lot cash?
Properly, we’re truly speaking a few fairly beautiful and completely distinctive electrical motorbike, in the event you can afford it.
The NOVUS’s body, fork, and swingarm are solely constructed from hand-laid carbon fiber, and the 18-inch tires experience on carbon fiber rims as properly. Your entire body weighs simply 7kg (15.4 lb).
That extraordinarily light-weight development is due to the designers’ aim of melding bicycle and motorbike design. Or because the NOVUS crew defined in a press release supplied to Electrek:
“Our design method was to mix some great benefits of the bicycle world with these of the motorbike world. The lightness and agility of a pedelec mixed with the efficiency and sovereignty of a motorbike. We noticed a niche right here that we needed to shut with NOVUS.”
Powering the NOVUS electrical motorbike is a direct drive rear hub motor with a peak output of 18 kW (24 hp). That’s almost a 30% bump in energy in comparison with the previous NOVUS prototype we saw in early 2019.
The corporate claims the motor can propel the bike to a prime velocity of 120 km/h (74.5 mph) and that the bike can obtain a 0-50 km/h (0-31 mph) time of three seconds.
The motor has the choice for each active and passive regenerative braking. The previous engages regenerative braking when the left (rear) brake lever is pulled, whereas the latter engages it when the throttle is launched, much like “one-pedal driving.”
The 4.3 kWh battery is completely put in within the decrease portion of the central body, decreasing the bike’s heart of gravity. At 19 kg (41.9 lb), the battery makes up simply over 1 / 4 of the bike’s whole weight of 75 kg (165 lb).
Charging from 0-80% is claimed to take simply half-hour, and the NOVUS is rated for a most vary of 100 km (62 miles) at metropolis speeds.
Suspension is achieved with a monofork within the entrance providing 90 mm of journey and a rear 110 mm journey suspended swingarm. The rear suspension is solely hidden from view and encased throughout the body.
A big LED show serves because the bike’s important show, however a smartphone will also be positioned above the show, permitting the rider to see car info on their smartphone through the NOVUS app. The app can also be used for altering settings on the bike and enabling varied options. There isn’t any bodily key, and as an alternative the bike is unlocked both through the app or an NFC chip.
NOVUS will probably be hand-building their electrical bikes beginning in 2022. If in case you have the time and the cash to attend for one, you may already put a pre-order down now with a €1,000 deposit.
Alright, so right here’s the factor. Yea, it’s loopy costly. And no, I’m not going to purchase one. And never as a result of I don’t already spend my money on other e-motorcycle startups that I cover. However as a result of I’m not likely within the demographic that NOVUS is advertising and marketing to right here.
However that doesn’t imply I can’t admire a extremely cool and modern electrical motorbike. I completely admire the design and a spotlight to element that went into shaving the load down on this bike with almost all the pieces constituted of carbon fiber. And the open monocoque design is a extremely cool strategy to merge bicycle design with gentle motorbike energy and efficiency. Even in the event you’re going to hate on the value, you’ve bought to admire the design effort that went into this.
Whereas I usually wish to see detachable batteries on gentle electrical bikes of this dimension, the capability of the battery signifies that that is on the sting of not possible. A 4.3 kWh battery could be a fairly hefty battery to hold round. My NIU NGT electric scooter has a pair of two.1 kWh batteries, that means it has almost the identical whole capability, however divided into two barely extra manageable battery packs.
In the end, the value is excessive, however for anybody that has the sort of disposable earnings that makes this sort of factor an impulse buy, I believe you’ll in all probability get a extremely cool motorbike. After all nobody goes to purchase the NOVUS as a result of it’s probably the most wise or value-oriented choice. They’ll purchase it as a result of it’s totally different.
And boy, is it totally different.
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