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MoonBikes announces full specs and pricing for its electric snow bike

MoonBikes announces full specs...
The production version of the MoonBike measures 224.8 cm long by 70.5 cm wide (88.5 by 27.8 in)
The production version of the MoonBike measures 224.8 cm long by 70.5 cm wide (88.5 by 27.8 in)
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The MoonBike is available in color choices of white or red
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The MoonBike is available in color choices of white or red
The MoonBike has a top speed of 42 km/h (26 mph)
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The MoonBike has a top speed of 42 km/h (26 mph)
The production version of the MoonBike measures 224.8 cm long by 70.5 cm wide (88.5 by 27.8 in)
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The production version of the MoonBike measures 224.8 cm long by 70.5 cm wide (88.5 by 27.8 in)
Unlike a snowmobile, the MoonBike can be carried on the rear rack of an SUV
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Unlike a snowmobile, the MoonBike can be carried on the rear rack of an SUV
One 5.75-hour charge of the MoonBike's quick-swappable battery (or 3 hours with an optional fast charger), is claimed to be good for one hour of use in Sport mode, or 1.5 hours in Eco mode
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One 5.75-hour charge of the MoonBike's quick-swappable battery (or 3 hours with an optional fast charger), is claimed to be good for one hour of use in Sport mode, or 1.5 hours in Eco mode
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Right around this time last year, we first heard about the MoonBike electric snow bike. Although the French-designed vehicle was in prototype form back then, its makers have now announced full specs and pricing for the production version.

To recap our previous coverage, the MoonBike is a single-passenger battery-powered rig with a snowmobile-like rubber tread in the back, and a snowboard-like steerable ski on a suspension fork in the front. And no, it doesn't have pedals – just a throttle.

The just-announced production model has a top speed of 42 km/h (26 mph), its 3-kW motor puts out 170 Nm (125 lb- ft) of torque, and is powered by a quick-swappable 2.5-kWh lithium battery. One 5.75-hour charge of that battery (or 3 hours with an optional fast charger), is claimed to be good for one hour of use in Sport mode, or 1.5 hours in Eco mode.

Those figures double if an optional second battery is added. A heated battery box allows for use in temperatures down to -25 ºC (-13 ºF).

The MoonBike is available in color choices of white or red
The MoonBike is available in color choices of white or red

The whole vehicle reportedly tips the scales at 87 kg (192 lb) – one battery included – and can handle a maximum rider weight of 120 kg (265 lb). It can climb slopes of up to 40 degrees, and make its way through powder snow up to a maximum depth of 30 cm (12 in).

All in all, the specs of the production model are quite close to those of the prototype.

Should you be interested in getting one for yourself, the MoonBike is priced at US$8,500 – buyers can place a $250 deposit via the MoonBikes website. Deliveries are expected to commence in mid-January.

You can see the MoonBike in action, in the video below.

MoonBikes DEMO DAY | 2021 TIGNES

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6 comments
6 comments
vince
I'd love to be the first to own one! But then I am a retired motorcycle MX racer who would get killed on such a great snow bike.
michael_dowling
As usual with these promo videos,they tack super loud music to it! Especially for an electric vehicle,I want to hear how quiet it is!
Nelson Hyde Chick
For traveling on the back bumper of a car they need to take the ski off the front, that is an accident waiting to happen.
ljaques
Looks like FUN!
@michael_dowling, you could hear how loud they were in the background during vocals. Loud clacking, almost resembling a 2-stroke expansion chamber sound. But, yeah, you're absolutely right. I hate ad guys, especially when they insert some old Top 40 muzak.
Byron Black
Not only does that ski suggest "...an accident waiting to happen": that spinning rubber drive track looks like it could snatch a bit of rider apparel and snarl it up underneath, dragging the rider off the device.

Back to the deisgn phase on this one. It's also too fugly to justify the $8500 price. If you're going to charge that much for a battery-powered scooter with a snow track, at least make it a bit aesthetically pleasing.
John Durham
Way over-priced compared to snowmobiles. I appreciate the 'electric' aspect but, considering the size and range, it should have been priced at about 1/2 their base price to make it worth considering. Maybe money is a lot easier to come by in France.