The Fonzarelli NKD, ‘first Australian-made’ production electric motorcycle

Fonzarelli, a Sydney-based motorbike maker, has unveiled new electric motorbike that it is calling it the “the first Australian-made production electric motorcycle.”

The NKD – the Fonzarelli’s first full-electric motorbike with mid-drive motor after a series of electric scooters – is a chunky, urban, dual-sport moped capable of up to 120km range and 100km/h top speed.

The new Fonzarelli NKD is powered by an efficient mid-drive brushless motor delivering a feisty 9.6-kilowatt (12.9-horsepower) of power and 56-Nm (41 lb-ft) of torque at 6000RPM. The new model has a 3.5 kWh Panasonic Lithium-Ion battery, good for 120 km (75 miles) of riding and can reach the top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), which it will hit in just five seconds.

New electric motorcycle is versatile enough that you could take it off-road into sand dunes and hills.
New electric motorcycle is versatile enough that you could take it off-road into sand dunes and hills.

The 3.5kWh inbuilt battery can be charged via the onboard AC mains charger from flat to 100% in about five hours. The company is also working with design researcher Simon Modra of the University of South Australia, to create a compact two-wheel optional charger – fast charging solution to address Australia’s lack of EV charging facilities. The optional single-phase 10amp charger costs $1200.

The integrated LED tail-lamp
The integrated LED tail-lamp

The NKD can also be customized to suit your own style and needs. The user can select add-ons like stylish hand-stitched honeycomb saddle in Lambo-style Alcantara suede, a USB port for charging devices on the go, integrated LED headlamp, tail-lamp and bar-end turn signals, LCD dash screen, and dual sport off-road knobby Pirelli tyres.

The new, beautifully designed electric motorcycle is versatile enough that you could take it off-road into sand dunes and hills – and compact enough to put in the back of my Jeep.

Founder Michelle Nazzari says the Fonzarelli NKD is now available through Fonzarelli retailers and online, will start from AU$9,990 (US$6,700). Though the price is considerably high, the Fonzarelli NKD looks super fun and approachable. With its excellent level of power and torque for fun city blasting, the motorcycle has got a certain style as well.

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