For several years now, electricity has also affected the world of two wheels. The vehicles presented are often retro-inspired, such as Switch Motorcycles’ new zero-emission work.
Shanghai-based EV startup, founded by New Zealander Matthew Waddick, has launched the eSCRAMBLER, an electrically driven scrambler concept that should be allowed on the streets legally from 2022. The mid-size motorcycle, which is based on the Shanghai Customs’ eTRACKER concept, has a more powerful motor, belt drive, and a more refined design.
The new design, which was designed by an ex-Yamaha designer, is dominated by the large battery block, which hangs in a tubular steel frame that is forked below. The 50 kW (67 hp) electric motor placed behind it on the swing axis transmits its drive torque via a toothed belt to the rear wheel. Thanks to the powerful motor, the eSCRAMBLER can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds.
The electric motorcycle can reach the top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and has a “real world” range of 150 km (93 miles) per charge without compromising performance levels. The air-cooled battery with Panasonic cells has a capacity of 11 kWh, later a variant with 13 kWh is also to be available.
Above the big battery block, an angular tank dummy covers the control electronics and the charging socket. The aluminum rear-wheel swing arm is supported directly on the frame via a central spring strut. Moreover, the e-motorcycle comes with 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky tires, GPS module, a digital display, three driving modes, Cruise control, regenerative braking, a USB port to recharge the smartphone, Bosch ABS and various networking options.
According to Bike Exif reports, the eSCRAMBLER prototype is currently being developed for series production. Switch Motorcycle is targeting the year 2022 as the market launch. Prices have not yet been mentioned.