There was a point in time when the Voxan Wattman represented the future of electric motorcycles. It was a mesmerizing prototype that dropped a lot of jaws at the 2013 Paris Motorcycle Show with promises of producing 200 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.
Well, consider the Wattman dream shattered because the company behind the ambitious motorcycle has decided to drop the project altogether.
If you remember, Gildo Pastor, the same man who acquired niche car brand Venturi, made a similar acquisition of Voxan in 2010 with promises to revive the brand and turn it into a premium electric motorcycle company. The adventure started off on the right foot as the company was able to build the aforementioned prototype and showcase it at the 2013 Paris Motorcycle Show.
But things soon took a turn for the worse for Pastor, who himself had to go through the death of his mother and his own personal health issues. The two events are rumored to have been the death knell for the ambitious Wattman project.
It is a little sad to think that a bike that had so much promise and was actually close to completion would get the rug pulled from under it in the last minute. But I’m not hear to judge someone’s intentions for scrapping something he didn’t believe was worth the trouble anymore.
That said, it would’ve been nice to see the Voxan Wattman in full production form. That’s unlikely to happen now, but the industry has also taught us never to close the door on anything.
Continue reading to read more about the demise of the Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle.
After has disappeared for a good number of years, Voxan has decided to reenter in the “race” of motorcycle manufacturers. Therefore it developed an entire new motorcycle which has all it needs to take your breath away.
The new bike was designed by Sasha Lakic, is entirely electric and has managed to take everybody by surprise when it made its debut at the Paris Motorcycle Show on December 2nd.
It is called the Wattman and currently is the fastest electric motorcycle available on the open market.
This electric beauty weighs 350 kg and at its heart lies an electric motor with permanent magnets and liquid cooling, that puts out a maximum power of 200 HP with 200 Nm of instant torque up to 10,500 rpm. This power is enough to send you to 100 kmph in only 3.4 seconds which is fairly impressive for an electric motorcycle.
Another impressive thing is the motorcycle’s architecture, as the new Wattman features an innovative exoskeleton which contains the battery, motor and cooling systems. You also get carbon wheels, a 240mm Pirelli Commander II rear tire and a 12.8kWh battery that can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Voxan Wattman.