Orders accepted for Aussie electric motorcycle

Dennis Savic Orders accepted for Aussie electric motorcycle
Orders for Australia’s first electric motorcycle will be taken at the Australian Motorcycle Festival in Wollongong in November.

Savic Motorcycles founder, Dennis Savic, tells us they will be accepting orders for the first 50 production bikes of all three C-Series variants (Alpha, Delta, Omega).

“We will be at the festival this year launching our production prototype,” he says, although the electric Cafe Racer prototype has already been unveiled at the Melbourne Moto Expo on 23 November 23, 2018.

“We hope to make it available for test rides.”

Savic orders

Dennis Savic with electric Cafe racer motrcycle

You can place orders for the three Cafe Racer production versions at the festival (final pricing to be confirmed):

  • Alpha 60kW, from $20,000;
  • Delta 40kW, from $15,000; and
  • Omega 20kW, from $12,000.Dennis Savic with electric Cafe racer motorcycle orders

That’s much cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle which launches this week in Portland, Orgeon, at about $US30,000.

It will be available in Australia at probably more than $A40,000 late next year.

We will be in Portland this week to test the LiveWire so stay tuned.

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle specs incentives orders
LiveWire

Savic motorcycles will be made in Melbourne and Taiwan and delivered in 2020.

Each model comes with several battery pack options. The largest offered in the Alpha will provide range of up to 250km, while the smallest option in the Omega will have 50km range. 

Like all electric vehicles, peak torque is instantaneous and Dennis says his bike will accelerate from 0-100km in four seconds.

By comparison, the LiveWire will have city range of about 235km and highway range of about 150km and reach 100km/h in three seconds.

Savic customers will be able choose a range of options in brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and three colours – Spectre, Stealth, and Rustic.

Aftermarket upgrades will also be offered. 

The bikes feature a fully integrated, stressed, liquid-cooled motor and energy storage system.

Depending on the model and battery pack a customer selects, a single charge can provide up to 11kWh. That costs only $3 compared with about $15 for a petrol bike to travel 250km.

Prototype designSavic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

Dennis, 27, spent more than 650 hours designing and building the prototype.

“This is a bit of a dream come true,” he says.

“When I was 14, I decided I wanted to design and build my own vehicles one day. So I did my engineering degree and when I graduated about three years ago I got stuck into it. It’s been a long time coming.

Dennis Savic Orders accepted for Aussie electric motorcycle
Dennis at work

“These motorcycles are a unique offering with the most advanced features and functionality that the materials, engineering, electronic controls, electrical technology and 3D printing can offer today. 

“We have created a unique design featuring a perfectly rolled (not bent) backbone frame and developed our own powertrain package.” 

Dennis Savic with electric Cafe racer motrcycle
Dennis with the unveiled electric Cafe Racer

Savic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

Savic Motorcycles electric cafe racer prototype

 

6 Comments

  1. Agreed – great to see Oz innovation tho with ebikes I still worry about traffic not hearing you. Not that they normally look for us

  2. I like the idea, and nice to see an Aussie entry into the market.

    One thing that surprises me though about all (most?) of the eBikes is the adoption of a traditional layout with a chain drive… why are we not seeing the motor mounted on the rear wheel itself?

    1. JC. That’s a fair observation regarding motor location but I suspect the frame-mounted motor and chain drive is to do with unsprung weight and weight distribution. Suspension settings aside, a heavy body sitting on lighter wheels/suspension components contributes to a smoother ride.

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