August 24, 2023

ūüĆě The OG Dune Buggy Finally Goes EV

Plus, innovative new vehicles from Apollo, Ride1Up

What You Need to Know Today

Meyers Manx released two new rides. First the Resorter, an open-top, four-seater neighborhood electric vehicle that has a range of 300 miles (483 km) and can reach 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Second the Manx 2.0, a reimagined EV version of the iconic original California dune buggy, which will be rolling out as a limited beta series of 50 units. Both vehicles look amazingly fun, but neither is going to be cheap, landing at $49,000 and $74,000, respectively.

Ride1Up is updating one of its top-selling models, the Ride1Up 700 series and lowering its price. The modified 700 Series will be equipped with an upgraded 750W Bafang motor capable of reaching a top speed of 20 mph (32 kph) in throttle mode or 28 mph (45 kph) with pedal assist. It will have an increased range of 30-50 miles (50-80 km), a new 80 lux headlight, and updated badging and graphics. 

German bike developer Coboc’s latest model, the Sydney, is a practical and versatile commuter ebike. The barebones design weighs 14.5 kg (32 lbs), has a range of 75-100 km (47-62 miles), and operates on a 380W battery pack with a rear hub motor.

Apollo, a Canada-based electric scooter maker, just unveiled its new entry-level Rover, an urban commuter with dual, 350W hub motors, a top speed of 27 mph (43 kph), and a range of 31 miles (50km) on a single charge. Not only that, but it’s equipped with a quad lock mount for phones, puncture-resistant tires, and integrated turn signals. The scooter is set to commence pre-order bookings next month, starting at $1,199 on September 6, with an expected delivery window in Spring 2024. 

The soon-to-release electric Ninja sportbike from Kawasaki is already facing stiff competition from Chinese rival QJ Motor in the form of the OAO Pro, which boasts 105 miles of range (169 km) and a top speed of 60 mph (97 kps).

Overade, a French bike accessory brand, is out with a new integrated tail light, brake lamp, and turning signal that can be mounted onto bike helmets. 

Inspired by the Changlie from China, purportedly ‚Äúcheapest car in the world,‚Ä̬†comes the Wink,¬†a low-cost, pint-sized electric vehicle. The Wink is legal to drive on all American roads with a 35 mph speed limit, has 40-60 miles of range, and costs just under $12,000.¬†

Bengaluru-based electric motorcycle manufacturer Ultraviolette Automotive just released a special ‚ÄúSpace Edition‚ÄĚ of its flagship F77. Released in celebration of Chandrayaan-3, India‚Äôs first moon landing, the high-tech sportbike has a 307 km range (190 miles), multiple fail-proof systems for the battery, and a radar view display with real-time updates useful to bikers.

India-based electric motorbike startup Tork just unveiled the Kratos-R Urban, a stripped-down version of the standard R that was released last winter. 

Get a load of this: the Mihogo Mini is a suitcase-sized folding ebike that rolls on tiny 12-inch tires and ships direct from China for a mere $397. With a 350W rear hub motor offering a top speed of 22 mph (35 kph), the device claims an audacious weight capacity of 440 lbs (200kg) and even more audacious range of 100 km (62 miles). Can this thing actually be for real? One intrepid reviewer is determined to find out. 

Santa Cruz Bicycles announced its fourth ebike, the Skitch, a fast and nimble, long-range gravel bike. The Skitch is fitted with a Fazua Ride 60 motor reaching a top speed of 28 mph (32kph), claims a range of over 60 miles (96 km), and weighs 30 lbs (13.6 kg). 

Veemo, which was recently acquired by ENVO Drive Systems, is bringing its 20-mph (32 kph) electric trike back to life. The semi-enclosed design has a roof, windshield, and space for cargo or a child. It also is outfitted with car-like features, including turn signals, side mirrors, and headlights. 

Serbian designer Ognjen Docic unveiled an ultra-slick electric moped concept called the Pro.Zui. The vehicle, Docic claims, has a range of 75 miles (120 km) and reaches a top speed of 45 mph (72 kph).

Indian manufacturer TVS Motor Company is set to unveil their latest product, which is speculated to be an electric moped called Xonic. Little so far is known about the vehicle, but the teaser video showed a speedometer reaching 105 kph (65 mph).

German custom motorcycle builder Jurgen Becker showcased a gritty, retro electric bike, called Electric Ladyland, designed to encapsulates the rock and roll era. It reaches a speed of 62 mph (100 kph).

Bentley Motors and The Little Car Company have teamed up to revamp a classic 1929 Blower Bentley as a road-legal, electric two-seater. The car has an estimated 65 miles of range (105 km) and a top speed of 45 mph (72 kph).

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