Husqvarna's 80 kg all-electric Concept E-go for motorcycle riders of the future
Now here's something completely different from Husqvarna. The single-track commuter concept that the company hinted at two weeks ago has now taken shape as the Concept E-go - an extremely lightweight electric motorcycle for first time motorcyclists with slimline supermotard styling and a modest electric powerplant that's particularly suitable for urban commuting.
Very little is known about the intended market for the machine as power output figures will figure prominently in the availability of the machine in different markets.
Husqvarna says the Concept E-go weighs in at just 80 kg. By way of comparison, the Zero electric supermotard we tested earlier in the year is 135 kg, and around a third of that weight is battery. As you can see form the images, there's not a lot of battery room in the Ego design, and significant weight savings would come from that along with reduced range ... but then again battery technology is catching up fast.
In terms of the latest go-fast designs, the E-go is sure to appeal, with a 35 mm "single sided double leg fork" and single-sided aluminum swing arm.
The battery support is also constructed from aluminum, the frame and oval piping is made from steel, while the seat is self-supporting.
There's another noteworthy innovation in the (limited) technical data on the bike - Husqvarna's CTS (coaxial traction system). Already in use in the company's TE449, TC 449 and TE511 dirtbikes, this design sees the sprocket and the swingarm pivot pin sharing the same axis which keeps chain tension constant and improves control.
Again with the SuperMoto format? Nice that they\'re pursuing electric designs, \'n all, but why aren\'t they building in the direction of what the market (at least State-side) demands? I see few, if any, of this type of bike roamin\' our streets... but plop that hi-tech drivetrain into a bobber or cafe or even a cruiser (but with power & torque equivelent to an ol\' 88 CI v-twin) and you might get some sales! Its got to have \"I wanna be seen ridin\' that!\" style but also drive-daily comfort, or it ain\'t gonna fly, folks.
These look cool, as do similar urban concepts but they may need to be more utilitarian for mass adoption. How would you safely carry groceries, gym bag and laptop bag at once? The average person would not consider it. Maybe mass adoption is not the goal?
Actually MzunguMkubwa The state side market is already buying what it demands which is the traditional Harley format. What is needed like this design is something different which is more versatile and efficient being a minimalist machine.
It also must be remembered there are plenty of buyers that are not interested in the image side of things which is what Harley is all about.
As with any bike add ons can provide extra carrying capacity when needed allowing one to customise their use without inflating initial purchase cost.
The big question is what is that purchase price?
What is the position regarding license, insurance, tax etc., Can one buy this bike and ride it, or is there a test required? Looks exciting.
Sandra Craig Littlewood
let\'s see. This is a European company owned by a European company. Maybe - just maybe - they know, and are looking at, their \"local\" market first?
answers to questions about licence, tax, other legalities, are obviously going to be entirely location-dependent.
needs to be fitted with a basket for a change of clothes, briefcase and some groceries on the way home and it\'s a perfect urban commuter for rain-free days ...
Nice for the short hops around the place.
A daily commute of 50K or less and a bunch of sun tracking solar panels on the garage roof.
I\'m still trying to figure out the significance of race slicks on this prototype - is it a hint that this thing\'s quick enough to be worth putting round a track?
I hope the production version adopts a more sensible and lower cost fork. Single sided forks, both front and rear, are just a folly for the marketing department and serve no purpose except to inflate costs and increase weight. This is a great looking eBike (even with proper forks) and would be a blast to ride. It doesn\'t needs panniers because a backpack will do just fine for a commute without having to pedal. The ZERO has a \'real world\' range of about 30km and I suspect this Husky will have about the same (regardless of the manufacturer\'s claims). Still, that\'s enough for me to get to work, charge it in the carpark and ride home again. Of course I\'ll use coal generated electricity because I can\'t see the point in investing $25,000 in BP\'s solar panels to ride a motorbike to work unless you\'re one of the few who still buy into the anti-CO2 sales pitch.
I think that an electric cafe racer would get old real quick. Fads like fixie bikes, V neck T-shirts and cafe racers change so quickly you\'d be crazy to invest money in attracting that crowd.
Fads are one thing but equip the rider with solar togs like the bikini solar garb and then
the range will be less of a problem. I love V8s but they will run on compressed air, mad max is about to return with no desire to use carbon based fuels.
Bravo to Husqvanra, they are numerous ways to charge batteries rather than filling the air with stuff your body can not metabolize or eliminate.
Cam Am could be electric possibly next year for daylight races.
The engines are not the problem the fuel is the problem.
Build an 80cc motorcycle and nobody is interested; griping about the anemic performance. Stick an electric motor and batteries and suddenly everyone is on board for the same output.
It's not that I don't get it. Going off (on) grid, no more gas purchases, pennies on the dollar 'fill-ups'. I just can't wonder what this platform would accomplish with a similarly sized gas engine. 80mpg? 100mpg? zero range anxiety? If it could be equally 'great', then why doesn't someone build one for the US market. ~100cc bikes are big business in other countries, but not the US market. The distances and lack of development between cities makes an electric bike in this form a gimmick.
If that weren't enough, the styling exclaims it's not serious. The only reason that I can see why this 30mph monster needs a shock, is to prevent the knife-edged de-testiculator of a seat from neutering the male riders. To pooh pooh harley riders as image conscious, and that naked sport bike riders are not is plain wrong. All motorcycles are sold by their looks period. You might like race bikes, but you'll spend the bills on something that psychologically appeals based on aesthetics and function. If you think cruiser bikes are cool, you buy a cruiser bike. If you think crotch-rockets are cool you'll buy one of those. We can't all be Dani Pedrosa.
All in all, it's great to see manufacturers pushing the envelope for lightness and continuing to bridge the gap between high end downhill mountain bike and lightweight electric dirt bike. At some point the cross pollination will make a cheaper and more standardized bike that we can put alongside our pedal bikes to get us between a long bicycle ride and short car ride.
BTW here's a link to a better looking bike. http://www.instructables.com/id/48V-Electric-Flat-Tracker/
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