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 sturdy bike, but the sky-high value 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 couple of fairly gorgeous and completely distinctive electrical bike, should you can afford it.
The NOVUS’s body, fork, and swingarm are fully constructed from hand-laid carbon fiber, and the 18-inch tires experience on carbon fiber rims as nicely. The complete body weighs simply 7kg (15.4 lb).
That extraordinarily light-weight development is because of the designers’ objective of melding bicycle and bike design. Or because the NOVUS staff defined in a press release supplied to Electrek:
“Our design strategy was to mix some great benefits of the bicycle world with these of the bike world. The lightness and agility of a pedelec mixed with the efficiency and sovereignty of a motorbike. We noticed a spot right here that we wished to shut with NOVUS.”
Powering the NOVUS electrical bike is a direct drive rear hub motor with a peak output of 18 kW (24 hp). That’s practically 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 high pace 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, just like “one-pedal driving.”
The 4.3 kWh battery is completely put in within the decrease portion of the central body, reducing 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 fully hidden from view and encased throughout the body.
A big LED show serves because the bike’s foremost show, however a smartphone will also be positioned above the show, permitting the rider to see automobile data on their smartphone by way of 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 by way of the app or an NFC chip.
NOVUS might be hand-building their electrical bikes beginning in 2022. You probably have the time and the cash to attend for one, you’ll be able to 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 to right here.
However that doesn’t imply I can’t recognize a extremely cool and revolutionary electrical bike. I completely recognize the design and a focus to element that went into shaving the load down on this bike with practically all the pieces produced from carbon fiber. And the open monocoque design is a extremely cool option to merge bicycle design with gentle bike energy and efficiency. Even should you’re going to hate on the value, you’ve received 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 unimaginable. A 4.3 kWh battery can be a reasonably hefty battery to hold round. My NIU NGT electric scooter has a pair of two.1 kWh batteries, that means it has practically 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 type of disposable earnings that makes this sort of factor an impulse buy, I feel you’ll most likely get a extremely cool bike. After all nobody goes to purchase the NOVUS as a result of it’s essentially the most smart or value-oriented possibility. They’ll purchase it as a result of it’s completely different.
And boy, is it completely different.
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