TVS Motors unveiled a brand-new Hybrid motorcycle, the TVS Zeppelin concept
India’s third largest two-wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motors, is having a ball back home in India. It might not be a world player yet, but don’t fool yourself from having your doubts about it. It is the same firm that BMW Motorrad tied up with to make their G 310R, and those bikes are selling like hot cakes everywhere. Then came the Apache RR 310 fully-faired sportsbike that carries over the powertrain, suspension unit, chassis, brakes, radials and the exhaust from the entry-level naked German.
For a company whose strength lies in its goal of designing and development of new products that are a continuous source of inspiration, it showcased its future products at the recently concluded Indian Auto Expo. It was the TVS Zeppelin hybrid gas-electric cruiser concept that made all the noise at the TVS stalls. It not only sounds interesting (just like the band) but also looks like a proper well-made motorcycle.
The Emflux One is here and talks with tons of promises for all under $10K
This is the Indian startup eco-system’s gift to the world. A motorcycle in the newfound electric business that has being brimmed with bells and whistles not found on any other production bike. Emflux Motors is entering with tall claims of having a 125 mph superbike that runs on electricity for up to 100 miles at full range. And if you go full-blown-track-mode, expect a range of around 50 miles.
Called the "Emflux One", it was unveiled at a recently concluded Indian Auto Expo and is aiming at the premium market that caters to the mid-weight motorcycle segment. The company has been working on their superbike for just over a couple of years, unlike other startups that have taken more than half a decade to develop their products.
UM motorcycles showcased the Renegade Thor electric cruiser
UM-Motorcycles (United Motors) may not have been a brand name anyone of us have it at any corner of our brains, but it is an 18-year-old American global company headquartered in Miami with R&D centers and offices in Miami, India, Italy, and China. With manufacturing facilities in India and China.
The company makes commuter motorcycles, scooter, DSR Series of Euro IV compliant 125 cc Dual Sports bikes, Renegade series of cruiser motorcycles and the Xtreet naked motorcycles. Adding to their lineup, UM has taken a bold step into the electric powered motorcycles by launching their all-new Renegade Thor.
The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover
Last year, Dorna Sports, S.L., the commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world, announced that it would be conducting races that will consist of electrically powered Energica Ego superbikes running the circuits.
In a launch event held yesterday at Officine Farneto in Rome, Dorna announced more details about the electric racing with showcasing of the race-spec Energica EgoGP along with naming the series the “FIM Enel MotoE World Cup” from its inception in 2019.
CAKE is giving us the KALK. An electric dirt bike
I surprised myself there with the title. A ’LOL’ moment happened in my brain, all thanks to this new Swedish firm entering the two-wheeled world with their first product.
The brainchild of a Swedish Stefan Ytterborn, Cake intends “to speed up the journey towards a zero-emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun.” And their very first step is this Kalk electric off-roader that blurs the line between mountain bikes and motorcycles.
Alta Motors dropped a powerful new Redshift MXR
The Brisbane, California based Alta Motors designs and manufactures the most advanced electric motorcycles in the industry. Starting in 2010, the firm has come a long way in establishing itself building bikes that prove to be better off-roaders than the petrol-powered counterparts.
Until now, their motorcycle line-up included a Supermoto (SM), an Enduro (EX) and a Motocross (MX) electric off-road bikes. Now, the makers are stepping up their game and have launched a brand new motorcycle called the Redshift MXR.
Hearly Davidson’s Projet LiveWire to hit production in 18 months
You know things are actually getting serious when stalwarts like the Harley Davidson are putting their money and testing out electricity to power their machines. And if you have been following the Marvel studio’s Avenger series, you might have caught the stunning Scarlett Johansson picking up things for the boys on a stealthy looking black widow’s electric motorcycle.
That is the Project LiveWire. Harley’s proprietary shift to an alternative power source. And if you have been keeping up to date with its progress, you might find it as blasphemous as it was for me that Harley took so long for it to enter the production phase.
Luckily, our friends at Autoblog report that the Milwaukee firm is steaming ahead with the Project LiveWire and will soon hit to production. If everything goes right, the electric bike will hit the market as soon as 18 months from now.
This is the voguish OSSA Monocasco
If you find that name weird, don’t coax yourself. Even I needed a while to familiarize myself with the Spanish brand.
Active for a very brief period from 1924 to 1982, OSSA (Orpheo Sincronic Sociedad Anónima) first made movie projectors and then shifted to being a motorcycle manufacturer only in 1949 that was best known for producing lightweight, two-stroke-engined bikes used in observed trials, motocross, and enduro.
Paying tribute to the brand and the OSSA 250 Monocasc GP motorcycle, the folks at a Barcelona design company concocted an electric concept bike that according to my tastes is the most soothing looking thing ever made on two wheels. It is almost as if your eyes can just flow over those curves. It’s called the Monocasco.
Zero adds a new entry-level e-bike
With just a decade of experience in the industry, ZERO Motorcycles has been at the epitome of electrically powered machines on two wheels. Showing the world how to do it right all this while, the folks have upped their game for 2018.
Offering higher performances this year, the California firm already has four models for 2018 including the Zero S, SR, FXS (street), DS, DSR, and FX (dual-sport). Now, they have added another e-bike to that lineup to cater to the learner group of customers: the DS ZF14.4.
Ujet unveils a foldable scooter at the 2018 CES
The Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is the world’s biggest launch pad for innovation and technology that can change the course of the world. All kinds of manufacturers and developers showcase their high-tech products and give a glimpse of the next-generation innovations being introduced into our lives.
For 2018, the technology trade show has a little bit of the motorcycle product and its the folding scooter from Ujet, a tech company from Luxembourg. It is a smart scooter that can travel up to 95 miles, and once you’re done, you can fold it up and roll it just like your trolley suitcase.
The ones that made motorcycle headlines in 2017
This is the last working day of 2017. And this is also the last article I will be penning down for the year. So I thought ’why not revisit all that has happened over the past twelve months which has a direct impact on the future of the motorcycle industry?’
Here is a list of every major news and launches that has coursed the path in the industry:
This new battery can give your electric motorcycle 3x range
We are entering a brand new world, where clean (green?) energy is finally emerging from under the corporate boot heels of big coal and oil interests. Technological leaps come quickly, and the various industries can scarcely keep up with the improvements as they scramble to take advantage of it.
The most recent attempts are for battery development technologies where companies are vying to achieve maximum range for one full charge. Not many success stories here to tell, at least not until now.
According to work done at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, a new battery material could lead to getting out three-times the EV range from a battery of the same size as one today.
Emflux Motors enters the electric motorcycle segment
Indian startup eco-system is giving the motorcycle world another name in the newfound electric business. Emflux Motors is entering with tall claims of having a 125 mph superbike that runs on electricity for up to 125 miles at full range.
Set to unveil at the upcoming Indian Auto Expo 2018 in January, the Emflux Concept One is aiming at the premium market that caters to the mid-weight segment. The company has been working on their superbike for just a couple of years, unlike other startups that have taken more than half a decade to develop their products.
Wooden frame and algae oil is all this motorcycle needs to run
Countering the deals that lurk all around the use of combustion fuel and its effects on the environment, a greater deal of thought is gone into using alternative sources to power our vehicles. Manufacturers are slowly shifting weight to electric motorcycles in a bid for a cleaner alternative to protect the environment (and of course PR issues).
But do they really help the environment? It is a complicated topic. Considering the entire carbon footprint, including the electricity used for the vehicle, a ton of non-recyclable resources go into making them work. Coal and petroleum generate a large percentage of the electricity and electrical components including batteries are manufactured by industries that pollute even more.
So it is basically a double-edged sword. You cannot really call them eco-friendly machines then. But there is a Dutch designer, Ritsert Mans, who has developed a true eco-friendly motorcycle that makes use of algae oil to power his machine. And the frame, completely made out of wood.
Honda might give us a motorcycle that will emit water
If you can by any way refresh your memory, Honda had tied up with GM earlier this year to develop future mobility technologies. The resultant firm called Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC targets the introduction of a new fuel-cell system by the year 2020. It represents the auto industry’s first joint venture formed to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell systems.
Looks like they are already striking gold. According to the patent (US20170282748A1) images seen here, Honda is making use of the $85-million operation and will be introducing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered motorcycles in the coming future and will have a perimeter frame, telescopic forks, shaft drive and a fuel cell under the seat.