31 August, 2020
Unfortunately, the electric motorcycles segment has so far not been as successful as other vehicles. Nevertheless, there are still some interesting models being released.
For example, Brooklyn startup Tarform had developed a retro-style electric motorcycle called Luna. Aside from its stylish design and strong technical specifications, the sustainable approach to its construction has become a unique feature of the vehicle. According to Tarform, they have chosen "to build vehicles out of non-traditional materials that go against outdated industry standards as by 2050 the amount of plastic will exceed the amount of fish in the oceans. As product manufacturers, it is our duty to use materials that do not contribute to waste". The designers opted for bio-based and recyclable high-performance materials that have the least harmful impact on the environment. For example, they used biodegradable leather for the seats, which is made of pineapples, mangoes, corn and other natural fibers, and recycled aluminum for the frame.
Another important feature is that the "Tarform Motorcycle is designed for modularity whereby the battery pack can be upgraded as technology evolves. The bodywork can be changed for a new style and software can be updated for a smarter ride". Taras Kravchuk, the founder of this startup, believes that the possibility of wide customization is among the main advantages of the bike. For example, the user can change the battery and even the bodywork in order to install a battery that provides more impressive range and update the design accordingly.
The rangeof the bike is dependent on the battery, the volume of which is 10 kWh, paired with an electric motor, whose power is 55 horsepower. This bike can reach speeds of 100 kilometers per hour in 3.8 seconds, with a maximum speed of 155 kilometers per hour and a power reserve of 200 kilometers. Charging from zero to eighty percent takes fifty minutes. There is also regenerative braking, which allows you to slightly increase the range in urban trips. The bike is equipped with a rear-view camera and a radar that acts as blind spot detection. Vibration through the seat will alert the user of any vehicles in a blind spot.
It is expected that the first buyers will receive their models next year.