The EV-1 electric roadster is the brainchild of Newron Motors, a French marque that was founded in 2016. Aesthetes and adrenaline-junkies alike will find something to love in the wooden EV-1 motorcycle: it performs well on the road, while sporting a modern design normally reserved for concept vehicles at auto-shows.
It’s built around an exposed structural battery pack adorned with muted lighting, giving it a neo-futuristic look while shedding some weight. Its groundbreaking timber fairings come in oak, ebony, white ash or red cedar, though there is room for personalization.
The EV-1 doesn’t just feature a revolutionary design. Its range – a hefty 300 kilometers on a single charge – is more than sufficient for day-to-day urban usage. If you’re going on a road trip, expect to last for a substantial 220 kilometers between pit-stops. Compared to other electric motorcycles on the market, the wooden EV-1 fares well, edged out only by the Brutus V9.
This is all with a top speed of 220 km/h, thanks to an advanced permanent magnet AC motor that offers maximum torque from the get-go. With agile carbon-fibre rims and brakes co-designed with Beringer, you’ll be happy – and safe- on the track or the road.
A full charge typically takes five hours with the standard three-watt charger, though there is an option for a seven-watt charger that halves the charging time. If you’re lucky enough to find a fast-charge station, the battery can reach 80 per cent in just 40 minutes.
The only thing missing is the throaty roar of the exhaust – electric motors are silent after all – but will you really miss it when your motorcycle boasts a century time of less than three seconds?
Only 12 models of the EV-1 will be made, and will be available come 2021.
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Images courtesy of Newron