Gorgeous eScrambler breaks cover, with 50-kW motor and belt drive
The eScrambler has been over two years in the making and is the brainchild of Switch Motorcycles from New Zealand's Matthew Waddick, also the founder of Shanghai Customs (the firm behind 2017's eCub and eTracker). It's still a prototype at the moment, but production plans are in full swing.
The Switch Motorcycles website has nothing on the eScrambler yet, but Bike Exif reports that riders can expect a top speed on 150 km/h (93 mph), a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 3.2 seconds and a per charge range of 150 km (93 mi) from a battery pack of about the same rating as a Zero SR. The e-motorcycle has 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky tires, KTM forks and a central mono shock.
There will be integrated GPS tracking, three power modes, and built-in Wi-Fi to allow for remote diagnostics and battery monitoring.
The eye-pleasing lines are the work of Denmark's Michel Riis Eriksen, former designer at Yamaha Motor Co. The electric motorcycle features a Gates carbon fiber belt drive wrapped around a huge sprocket on the rear wheel, and runs to a 50-kW mid-drive electric motor.
Electronics are neatly housed within the false fuel tank and under the padded seat. Heat is pulled out through the back by the under-seat cooling tray, and there are cooling fins on the outside of the battery housing too.
Power modes, speed and range information are shown on a mid-handlebar digital display, the LED front headlight is flanked by teeny LED turn indicators, which are repeated at the back on either side of the LED tail-light. The company says that the lighting will likely have to be changed before the e-moto goes through the European approval process, but for now those LEDs look pretty nifty.
The eScrambler is still a pre-production prototype for now, but its next step will be European homologation, with the first road legal models available from 2022.