Fuell Unveils Its First Electric Bikes
A First-Look In NYC and Then Full Reveal in April for the ’Flow’ and the ’Fluid’by Allyn Hinton, on LISTEN 03:39
There’s a new name in the world of urban mobility and electric bikes and it’s hitting the interwebs. Fuell unveils its first products for the EV market in Flow, an electric motorcycle, and Fluid, an electric bicycle. Co-founded by big names in motorcycle and racing technology circles, Fuell looks to redefine urban mobility giving us a peek at the pair in New York City before the end of March, 2019 and a full reveal on April 23, 2019.
Fuell: A New Company With Old Names At The Helm.
CTO Erik Buell, CEO Francois-Xavier Terny, and co-founder Frédéric Vasseur head up the Fuell front office.
The lineup at the head of Fuell is impressive. CTO Erik Buell is well known in the motorcycle world as the founder of Buell Motorcycles (which eventually merged with Harley-Davidson) and founder of Erik Buell Racing. Buell is a talented engineer and an inductee in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Co-founder Frédéric Vasseur is the founder of Spark Racing Technology, which builds Formula E racers. He is a motor sport engineer, who also studied aeronautics, and eventually moved on to Formula 1 as race director and team principal for Renault F1 and later Sauber F1. Francois-Xavier Terny is the CEO of Fuell (formerly VanguardSpark) and is the co-founder of Vanguard Moto Inc. He is described on the Vanguard website as “a serial entrepreneur and expert in supply chain management and cost optimization.”
Fuell Flow: Features and Price
Recharge is less than 30 minutes at a public recharging station and features some techno-innovation in the form of a connected dashboard and a proprietary wheel-motor housed in the rear wheel.
Available in two versions – Flow-1 with 15 horsepower (11 kW) and Flow-1S with 47 horsepower (35 kW) — the Fuell Flow has a 125 range and comes with some techno-innovation in the form of a connected dashboard and a proprietary wheel-motor housed in the rear wheel. The wheel-motor was developed specifically for the Flow and by putting it in the rear wheel, that eliminates the need for a chain or belt.
Recharge is less than 30 minutes at a public recharging station, but I’d like to see numbers on a 120V and 240V charger since public stations aren’t readily available in a lot of areas so far. The battery, wheel-motor, and charger are upgradeable and storage is ample at 13 gallons. Center of gravity is low for ease of handling, so overall, this new ride looks promising with its modern styling and emphasis on putting freedom into our city commutes. MSRP is slated for $10,995.
Fuell Fluid: Features and Price
Top speed is 20 mph on the Fluid-1 and 28 mph on the Fluid-1S; both have 74 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Like the Flow, the Fluid has a 125-mile range and comes in two versions: Fluid-1 (Pedelec) with 250W and a top speed of 20 mph, and Fluid-1S with 500W and a top speed of 28 mph. Both have 74 pound-feet (100 Nm) of torque on tap and 980 Wh of battery capacity in two removeable batteries. Recharge is accomplished at home, but I don’t have recharge times as of this writing; and like the Flow, the battery, wheel-motor, and charger are upgradeable. MSRP for the Fluid is $3,295.
- Fuell Flow
- Fuell Fluid