2018 Ather S 340
India is hot on heels to become the leader in electric alternatives for personal transportation with a new one coming up every day. Why not? It is the biggest market of two-wheelers in the world.
A Bangalore-based startup, Ather Energy, has been in this pursuit since their inception in 2013 and are on an epic journey to give the country’s first premium smart electric scooter christened as Ather S340. The company was founded by two IIT-ians who are committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology.
Their first offering is the Ather S340, which they are building it from the ground up and promise to change the way we perceive the electric transport till now. The company has received fundings to the tune of $1 million from Flipkart, $11 million from Tiger Global and the very recently $ 30 million from the world’s biggest manufacturer of two-wheelers, Hero MotoCorp. This has allowed Ather to sustain momentum in its journey of building a future-ready product platform and to accelerate the infrastructure and ecosystem development around electric vehicles in the world.
Curtiss Motorcycles finally showcase the "Zeus" concept
When Curtiss Motorcycles launched the “Warhawk”, they were yet to depart from their vision of making full-blown exquisite electric-powered motorcycles. This was their final chapter in America’s darling configuration, the V-Twin that was used during the days when the company was called “Confederate Motors”.
Last year they were re-branded as “Curtiss Motorcycle Co.” and will be switching to electric powertrain supplied by Zero Motorcycles. And the fruit of this partnership has just been showcased at the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering – the 2020 Curtiss Motorcycles’ “Zeus”. Yes, it is still in its concept stages and is sure shares all the designs of a post-apocalyptic machine.
2018 Cake Kalk
The brainchild of a Swedish Stefan Ytterborn, “Cake” is a new player in the electric transportation business that intends “to speed up the journey towards a zero-emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun.” And their very first step is this limited edition Kalk electric off-roader that blurs the line between mountain bikes and motorcycles.
Jumping into the category of light electric off-road motorbikes, the Kalk is the first one of a number of models to come and is walking the path that will change the future of riding. The focus here has been off-road performance and innovation in terms of weight and simplicity of riding on the Cake.
Hero Electric has tied up with Bosch for powertrain partnership
Hero Electric entered the electric world after 12 years of extensive research in the EV segment and currently provides eco-friendly and cost-effective mode of personalized transportation to the masses. The company is a multi-product and a multi-location enterprise with interests in Electric Vehicles, Bicycles and Healthcare. With the newfound interest in electric powertrains, Hero Electric has made strides in this direction and are betting big on the technology.
It has been launching electric two-wheelers for some time now and has sold to over 100,000 customers. They, however, were not market spec vehicles like the Tork T6X or Ather S340 available in the country and were very underpowered. Now, they have tied up with the German Technology giant, Bosch, to get things around for them.
Campagna showcases its brand new Electric T-Rex prototype
Time and again it has been proved that electric/hybrid vehicles have an overwhelming advantage especially to ride within the town and this evolution has been a gradual process for some – and an exciting start for others like Campagna.
Canadian three-wheel ‘autocycle’ manufacturer, Campagna, has showcased its latest venture into a new breed of machine. Unveiled at the recently concluded Montreal Electric Vehicle Show, the Electric T-Rex prototype will be the world’s first three-wheeled production autocycle.
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.
Further developing their product strategies, Cake entered into a partnership with Swedish all-green electricity provider Utellus to create solar charging environment specifically to charge their range of electric motorcycles.
Campagna joins hands with Zero Motorcycles to develop electric T-Rex
Jumped to fame way back in 1996, the Canadian Campagna T-Rex showcased bonkers three-wheeled trikes that ran on a 1.4-liter Kawasaki inline-four engine and two side-by-side seats. Later, a 1.6 liter BMW inline-six engine made a 160 horsepower in the T-Rex. 20 years later, Campagna has announced plans to build an electric version of its T-Rex three-wheeler.
To be showcased at the upcoming Montreal Electric Vehicle Show as a prototype, the Electric T-Rex will feature electric powertrain from Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains.
Honda developing the EV-Cub with swappable batteries
Serving 100 million happy customers is a well-achieved milestone for any business, and no other manufacturer but Honda could have made it seem this easy. Being the first two-wheeler to cross such a mark is the Japanese Red Wing’s Super Cub that began its life way back in 1958. As a matter of fact, 2018 bears a distinct significance for the Super Cub, marking its 60th anniversary.
Celebrating this feat, Honda has been planning an electric version of this mighty scooter with the “EV-Cub” showcased first during the 2009 Tokyo Show and the second iteration at the 2015 show. This little scooter is touted to become the first electric production model from Honda to hit the streets and the recent patent images re-stores the same faith.
Vanguard Motorcycles head towards being an e-mobility company with Erik Buell
Vanguard is a brand new name in the motorcycle world that has vowed to celebrate utilitarianism. The brand is touted to be an entirely new and distinct for premium motorcycles that are decisive on re-shaping the rule books.
Now, the American company has joined hands with 3 partners to attack the onset of electric motorcycles under a new banner: “VanguardSpark”. It will be an e-mobility company created to bring to market innovative, distinctive and great value-for-money urban electric two-wheelers.
Yamaha launches four new e-bikes
Setting sights on the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup races in France and Belgium, the Yamaha Factory Racing chaps have worked out of Yamaha’s ‘Evolving R & D’ unit to get on with the rad looking TY-E concept. This is their entry into the electric motorcycle bandwagon. But their entry into electric two-wheelers happened way back in 1993 when Yamaha “launched the world’s first electrically power-assisted bicycle”.
Now, the Japanese Blue Team is launching a new breed of cycles powered by electric motors. With decent performance ratings, Yamaha has taken this foray into smaller powered “motorcycles” quite seriously. 500 Watt-hour batteries and 60 lb-ft of torque says a lot about these cycles.
KYMCO wants to create an electric eco-system
Founded in 1963 after splitting from Honda, KYMCO or Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd is a Taiwanese company that manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs for worldwide distribution. Known for its scooters majorly, KYMCO showcased a new breed of electric scooter platform at the recently concluded Tokyo International Motor Show.
Addressing the current issues faced by all electric two-wheelers, KYMCO has launched the Ionex Many EV that goes with their idea of modern support systems that include upgrading the infrastructure and battery management solutions. This eco-system will sustain the possibilities of having swappable battery management solutions that enhance the range and practicality of owning an electric scooter.
Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle
Entering the electric bandwagon, the Japanese Blue team has officially announced its future plans with its new electric trials bike, the TY-E. This came just days after Yamaha filed a patent for TY-E name, which is now in its concept stage.
Setting sights on the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup races in France and Belgium, the Yamaha Factory Racing chaps have worked out of Yamaha’s ‘Evolving R & D’ unit to get on with this rad looking concept. It is a 154 lbs lightweight, low-speed high torque machine built to take on any terrains.
Imagine a world in 2050. Actually, you know what… don’t bother. Because this is what it’ll look like.
An Italian company who goes by the name Aero has managed to coup up this extraterrestrial green motorcycle which seems more like a hypothetical or a fictional character from a sci-fi flick. And it is called the ‘E-Racer’. This Aero project was in collaboration with an Italian automotive magazine – Inmoto and after almost a year of work, they landed this space-age E-Racer at the 2016 EICMA show in Milan.
The "White Ghost" is the new benchmark in commuter electric motorcycle
Established in 2014, Sur-Ron is a 40-person Chinese firm that aims to build high-performance electric motorcycles and bikes. For their second installment, the company has launched a sub $3000 electric commuter motorcycle for the proletariats and the urban masses who love traveling on two wheels all-day to work.
Called as the “White Ghost”, it comes with first-in-class features and styling to go about the cement forest without having to care any less about polluting it. Specked out with a decent battery-motor combo, the White Ghost is best suitable for short runs within the urban jungle.
Cagiva to make a comeback as an electric off-roader
MV Agusta’s exotic Italian lineage has been through the history’s ups and downs. After being in an acrimonious situation for some time, the Italian brand is finally sailing on safe waters after a Russian investment group-Black Ocean signed an agreement to increase its capital making MV Holding to become the 100% owner of MV Agusta S.p.A.
With this, things have started to ease off, and MV Agusta is now concentrating on working on new machines for 2018 including a new line of four-pot Brutales’. Fresh new information also tells us that the Italian will be resurrecting the Cagiva brand back, but this time as an electric company rather than the sportsbike maker that it was before.
Royal Enfield to plunge resources into developing electric motorcycles
When Eicher took over affairs of Royal Enfield into their strides, they basically revived the dying fire of the cult motorcycle manufacturer. Since then RE has been at the top of the game releasing products that got every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s blood racing. Right from the Classic 500 till the very recent 650cc Twins. These motorbikes spoke for themselves and the sales figures are the proof of this.
Now, the company is stepping into unknown territories. Following every other automaker in the world, Royal Enfield has also been investing its resources into the newfound electric powertrain technology for the Indian market. Although it will be quite some time before we could see an electric Enfield, the thought of not having a thumper under the hood might shake the loyalists.
BMW’s electric supersport to beat the mighty HP4
The HP4 is an exemplary showcase of cutting-edge technology, exotic materials, skilled craftsmanship, design, and creativity. This tells us all about the experience, skillset and state-of-the-art know-how the folks at BMW have that make them rise above and beyond. But what if the same guys one day decide to power their machine with batteries and motors instead of pistons and shafts?
Don’t bother, because they have already done that a couple of years ago. The experimental vehicle eRR, created as a project with the Technical University of Munich, envisioned a BMW badge on an electric supersport motorcycle back in 2015 when the whole idea of electric powertrains was still in the concept stages.
This 22 Motors Flow is an electric scooter with Artificial Intelligence
Adding to the onset of electric vehicle’s, 22 Motors from the Indian subcontinent have come up with an electric scooter that was unveiled at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo along with the Emflux One and the Menza Lucat EVs’. All from the budding Indian start-up eco-system.
Called as the’ 22 Motors Flow’, the scooter has various smart Internet of Things (IoT) features seen unlike on any other electric offerings in the recent past. Made for Indian conditions and commuters, the Flow comes with latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence (yes, you read that right), Lithium Ion Storage and advanced Electric Powertrains to be called as “ahead of time”.
Harley-Davidson ties the knot with Alta Motors to develop next-gen EVs’
A few motorcycle manufacturers these days are scrambling to set up new technology and are pushing their R&D department to come up with innovative solutions to develop electric motorcycles. Others are partnering with smaller start-up companies who already have all the infrastructure ready for electric production, and the newest combination of this is Harley Davidson and Alta Motors.
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. Their recent adventure is the brand new motorcycle called the Redshift MXR.
Menza Motors have launched the "Lucat" electric power commuter
The Emflux One is India’s first electric superbike that was launched at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo 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.
Now, another Indian start-up, Menza Motors, has come up with their version of an electric “power commuter” called the Lucat. And it looks bonkers for a brand new firm. This too was launched at the same Auto Expo as the Emflux was. The ‘Menza Lucat’, as it is called, is a naked streetfighter that is a factory-customized motorcycle.
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.