Hardly a week goes by without an email from some new company making an electric motorcycle, but this one caught our attention because it is made of leather, wood and metal.
Like many of the electric motorcycles being produced, it’s an urban-based mahicne, not much bigger than a bicycle and weighing just 32kg.
It’s made by a Barcelona-based studio called Rocsie. Barcelona is a well-known centre for industrial design such as the famous Barcelona chair.
Rocsie visual content manager Xavi Coll says their e-motorbike is made “entirely out of wood, metal and leather”.
“We make the frame with wood not because of the price of other materials, but because our beech laminated wood is super resistant,” Xai says.
“It’s also an organic material which matches with our philosophy of trying to use the less oil derivatives possible. ”
“We are launching a crowdfunding campaign by January 26th to sell as many units as we can, so we can continue producing them, thus we are currently creating community around for us to gain some visibility,” Xavi says.
The e-motorbike will sell for €6000 for the Twilight and €8000 for the Custom with final prices decided after the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
They are also offering a 50% discount for early investors for the first 10 models of each.
The claimed top speed from the 100W rear hub motor is 45km/h (28mph) and has range of only 50km, so it’s definitely an urban bike only.
And when you go to charge the lithium-ion battery, it will take six hours to fully charge from empty.
So it would probably make a nice commuter bike for a short ride to work if you can charge it while you’re there.