Evoke Urban S electric motorcycle
Evoking the Future of Electric Motorcycling
By Bill Moore
EV World's Bill Moore talks with Evoke Electric Motorcycle's Co-founder and VP for Europe Sebastian Chrobok about the development in China of the company's sleek, new all-electric motorcycles.
Sebastian Chrobok met the "love of his life" while working as the operations manager at Luton Airport in the U.K. She would take him halfway around the world back to her home and family in Beijing where, in time, he would become the third co-founder of what would become Evoke Electric Motorcycles, a China-based startup where 75-80% of the employees and contractors are non-Chinese, working remotely from the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and the USA.
What the group of 30+ individuals with their main office inside the sprawling 5,000 sq meter (53,800 sq ft) Foxconn factory in Beijing have accomplished is an attractive and exciting state of the art motorcycle powered entirely by electricity with a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), 0-50 km/h (0-30mph) in 2.5 seconds, and a city range estimated at 200 km (124mi) at 30 mph. The highway range drops to around120 km (75mi) at 60 mph. The 8.7kWh lithium battery can be recharged in 3 hours and has an estimated life of 200,000 km (124,275 miles).
Founded some three years ago by Nathan Siy (right in above photo) and Chris Riether, who's the director of engineering, the company started by building a handful of custom bikes. Those bikes attracted other customers, who in turn attracted companies looking to invest, who attracted even larger companies. To date, Evoke has built some 150 units, half of which are ridden inside China and the rest outside. All of the bikes are digitally connected, like Tesla, to "the Cloud," effectively making those early customers 'beta testers" who get their bike upgraded remotely. Some are even shipped parts to bring the bikes up to the current performance standard.
In this two-part, 22-minute Skype interview from Chrobok's apartment in Beijing around midnight his time, we learn more about the company and its marketing plans, which will see Europe as its first large market, followed by North America, sometime after mid-2018.
One technical issue, twice the Skype video connection with Beijing temporarily "froze", but returns after a couple seconds.
The Urban S model will be priced €8,500 in Europe and under $10,000 in the USA.
Video Part 1
Video Part 2
Originally published: 26 Oct 2017
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