Novus One, e-bike or motorcycle? The price is staggering

Novus One, e-bike or motorcycle? The price is staggering

Novus One

The German startup Novus has unveiled its e-bike prototype, called One, at the now distant CES of 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then the company has worked hard to transform that prototype into a vehicle suitable for modern urban mobility, and is finally ready to open pre-orders with the intention of delivering the first units in mid-2022.

It only takes a few moments to understand that One is different from all other e-bikes and even from all other electric bikes on the market: it is made on the basis of a monocoque frame entirely in carbon fiber, with a rear swinging arm, 18 wheels. inches and a front telescopic fork, and all this translates into a final weight of just 75 kg.

The installed engine has 18 kW of power, equal to about 24 horsepower - more than enough to push the very light One at a maximum speed of 120 km / h, while the 4.3 kWh battery is sufficient to ensure about 100 km of autonomy: recharging up to 80% takes place in just 30 minutes, so the limitation given by the small battery should not feel yes that much.

In Europe, the Novus One will be considered an electric motorcycle in many countries, despite the fact that various technical and aesthetic aspects are more reminiscent of a bicycle: on the front wheel we find a 230mm brake disc with a double caliper pistons, while the rear brake is entrusted directly to the hub-type motor, mounted right on the wheel. The technological equipment is also very respectable: front and rear LED headlights, OTA software updates, keyless ignition, 3 driving modes, navigation and smartphone connectivity, as well as the ability to change various settings of the bike in a few clicks.

The price of this Teutonic gem made of carbon is one that will take your breath away: € 46.284, not exactly one of the cheapest urban mobility solutions among those existing, but undoubtedly one with an absolutely unique style.

Novus Opens One E-Bike Preorders With Deliveries Set For Mid-2022

a close up of a motorcycle: Novus One Electric Motorbike - Main © Copyright Novus One Electric Motorbike - Main

Production officially begins on the Novus One.

German eclectic motorbike startup Novus unveiled its One e-bike prototype at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then, the Brunswick-based brand has been hard at work, preparing its lightweight commuter for the market. Now, with development and testing in the bag, Novus is opening pre-orders for the Novus One with units expected to ship in mid-2022.

Featuring a carbon fiber monocoque frame, swingarm, 18-inch wheels, telescopic fork, the upcoming eclectic motorcycle weighs just 165 pounds. Despite its small stature, the One can withstand a payload of 240 pounds. With an 18 kW (24 horsepower) motor at its core, the Novus isn’t a slouch either.

Paired with a 4.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, the mighty mill’s 148 ft-lb of torque powers the One to a 75-mph top speed and a 62-mile range. While that range may seem underwhelming to many electric customers, Novus claims that the electric motorbike can recharge to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes, keeping urban commuters on the road throughout the day.

While many European countries consider the Novus One an electric motorcycle due to its 18 kW motor, the suspension and braking systems closely resemble bicycle components. The fork springs are found in the steering tube, similar to a mountain bike. However, the front end offers 3.5 inches of travel while the rear shock provides 4.3 inches of travel. A two-piston caliper mates to a 230mm disc up front while the hub-mounted motor handles stopping duties out back.

Along with the performance-oriented components, the Novus One also flaunts an advanced electronics suite including keyless startup, three riding modes, navigation, and smartphone connectivity. The Nous app also allows users to monitor and adjust settings on the fly. All-around LED lighting improves the One’s visibility and the operating system can be updated wirelessly.

Of course, all that technology comes at a price. Starting at €46,284 (≈$55,000 USD), the Novus One isn’t the cheapest form of city transport. Those interested can pre-order the One for €1,000 (≈$1,200 USD) and the brand anticipates deliveries to start mid-2022.

Source: Motorrad, Novus