Dutch Team Creates Electric Cruiser Motorcycle
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Lots of companies are pursuing the electric motorcycle market, but the Dutch team that created the Ophiro is one of the first to make an electric cruiser motorcycle.
A Dutch company is offering a new slant on an electric motorcycle – a cruiser. The new electric motorcycle, Ophiro, has been developed by a Dutch project team headed by Alexander Steegh. Company PR hits on all the buzz words - fully electric, fast loading, enormous acceleration and a range that covers work-living distances easily. Of course, how fast it actually recharges isn’t listed, nor are any acceleration figures given. What we do know is it utilizes five batteries which provide a claimed range of 100 km (62 miles) and a max speed of 120 km / hr (almost 75 mph). The hardest pill to swallow is its price, listed at 49,000 Euro (over $70,000 US). At that price, it’s obvious mass production isn’t a goal. The website for the Ophiro Electric Cruiser says the Dutch creator intends to custom make them for companies for promotional purposes. It is already in production but is being built on a per-order basis.
Aesthetically, the Ophiro has a few cues which lend to its cruiser classification. The big batteries are mounted in a traditional tubular frame and concealed neatly within the smooth bodywork. The tire-hugging fenders with a strutted rear over spoked wheels look classy. The bars are clean and simple and the suspended solo seat is easily one of its strongest features. It has a tank-mounted console with a power switch and speedo. Belt drive delivers the e-power to the back wheel.
Citing the “need for change” and “to secure the chances to successfully introduce electric mobility” as reasons for the bike’s inception, Steegh’s motivations seem sincere and we’re glad to see somebody addressing a new niche for electric motorcycles. Now about that price…
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