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Texan EV startup unveils fat-tired Volcon Grunt farm bike

Texan EV startup unveils fat-t...
The Volcon Grunt is a practical, low-fuss electric farm bike with a name that fits its looks
The Volcon Grunt is a practical, low-fuss electric farm bike with a name that fits its looks
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The Volcon Grunt is a practical, low-fuss electric farm bike with a name that fits its looks
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The Volcon Grunt is a practical, low-fuss electric farm bike with a name that fits its looks
Built to handle a long day on the farm
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Built to handle a long day on the farm
The Grunt offers 50 hp, 100 miles of range and some limited carrying capacity via an accessory rack
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The Grunt offers 50 hp, 100 miles of range and some limited carrying capacity via an accessory rack
Tightly sealed and capable of being ridden underwater
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Tightly sealed and capable of being ridden underwater
Volcon is a new company out of Austin, Texas
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Volcon is a new company out of Austin, Texas
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A new Texan startup has announced its first electric motorcycle. The awkwardly named Volcon Grunt is a fat-wheeled off-roader with a hundred-mile range, and it'll soon be followed by a pair of side-by-side four-wheelers built for practicality and fun.

The Grunt looks about as simple as they get: a mid-drive motor supplies up to 50 horsepower and 75 lb-ft (102 Nm) to the rear wheel via a single-speed chain drive. It's geared for a top speed around 60 mph (96 km/h), which is plenty for banging around in the dirt, and it'll get there from a standing start in around six seconds.

It's got a headlight, a brake light, a dash, a bench seat and a set of fairly uninspiring looking suspension, although the tires are so huge and chunky they'll clearly add plenty of cushioning. Volcon says it'll do around 100 miles (160 km) to a charge, and the battery's swappable if you want to keep it running.

Waterproof enough to be ridden completely submerged through a river, the Grunt is conceived as more of an ag bike, or farm bike, than as a wild, wheelie-popping fun machine. As such it's probably decently specified for the job, although I know a few farmer types that like the odd wild wheelie too, and this won't blow their skirts up too much.

The Grunt offers 50 hp, 100 miles of range and some limited carrying capacity via an accessory rack
The Grunt offers 50 hp, 100 miles of range and some limited carrying capacity via an accessory rack

Pricing starts at US$5,995, with deliveries starting in 2021. It's unclear what the options might be to take that figure higher. It's certainly a lot more expensive than a cheap 200cc single-cylinder farm bike, but on the other hand, it'll probably cover the majority of daily farm tasks on a charge, never needing fuel and more or less eliminating maintenance, so perhaps over a lifetime of use the equation will make sense.

Volcon plans to follow it up by launching two sporty-looking UTVs in 2021 and 2022: the two-seat Stag and the four-seat Beast, which also has a rear tray for carrying beer or hay bales. Both promise quality Fox Factory suspension and the Beast will live up to its name with 450 hp and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque, making it a pretty wild proposition on the trails. It also promises 4.5-second 0-60-mph (96.5-km/h) sprints, a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h) and a 150-mile (241-km) range. Giddy up!

Source: Volcon

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paul314
60 mph on anything but flat, brush-free terrain would be . . . interesting. I wonder how animals will react to it in comparison to the usual ear-shattering volume of off-road bikes and ATVs. (And whether it will need some kind of warning system to avoid running people down.)
guzmanchinky
If it had blinkers and a license plate I would order one today.
History Nut
In appearance, it reminds me of the Rokon 2X2 ATV. Since they went electric, why didn’t they use hub motors so no chain is involved? That way you get all wheel drive and les mechanical parts to fail. In farm work, traction counts a lot so making it a 2X2 would better justify the high price. Looks good but has no real advantage to make the price bearable.
zr2s10
Wow. 50 hp in that little thing? That's insane. Typical mini-bike has maybe 10 hp. My dualsport with a 250cc motor is under 40. If the electric UTV can really do 150 miles on a charge, that's very compelling. I'd like to see 200 as a safety, and as long as it's completely waterproof, that would be impressive. I did about 100 miles a day in WV the other weekend, anything more than that is a really long day. As long as it truly can hit 150 miles.
Alex
Электродвигатели с прямым приводом малоэффективны на малой тяге; на бездорожье мощные двигатели являются злом. Оптимальный вариант редукторные, но у них маленький пробег. Я на простом велосипеде за четыре года проехал больше шестнадцати тысяч километров.
Mzungu_Mkubwa
I want one of these SO bad! That pricetag tho! Its a pretty steep ask for a utility farm tool.

@guzman: easy to add, bro. Definitely needed, tho, esp. if that's really the top speed! 👍
ljaques
Well, they're a little bit cheaper than the UBCO 2x2 bikes, and just as...um, er, ah, handsome, too!