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“Nobody comes into it looking at the environmental aspect” is how Nathan Siy, founder and CEO of Evoke Electric Motorcycles, a Beijing-based developer and manufacturer of next-generation electric motorcycles, responds to whether or not the environmental angle is attracting customers. “It’s stylish, it’s status and it’s cool, and when we finalize our smart stuff, it’s going to be smart connected.”
By teaming up with Link Motion, a developer of in-car infotainment systems, Evoke Motorcycles is putting the finishing touches on what Siy is calling the world’s first smart electric motorcycle.
So what makes this new e-motorcycle “smart”? A dash-mounted 10-inch display inspired by Tesla Motors’ touchscreen interface will include navigation details and critical information about the motorcycle, including range calculations.
Features include a crash notification system that will send an automatic SMS if the motorcycle senses that the rider has gone down violently and a social function that will allow users to find other Evoke riders in their area with the switch of a button.
“From a business angle, we want to be able to target new riders. We’re going to be able to do that by spinning it into a gadget,” says Siy.
Evoke was founded by Siy in Beijing in 2014 when what was originally simply a passion for building and riding e-motorcycles turned into a business. All the investment in the company comes solely from its development team — a mix of foreigners with long experience working in China and local Chinese.
Nathan Siy (right) founder of Evoke with Chris Riether, Director of Engineering at Evoke
Currently, Evoke’s customers are about 50% foreign nationals living around China. China leads the world in e-motorcycle and e-scooter sales with Navigant Research estimating that 9.4 million of the 12 million e-scooters sold in 2013 were sold in China, positioning Evoke in a strong growth market.
Sebastian Chrobok, Director of Market Development at Evoke, says they are in discussion with e-commerce giant JD.com to sell Evoke products on JD’s platform.
The Evoke “Urban-S” Electric Motorcycle can do zero to 100km per hour in six seconds with a top speed of 130km per hour and the Lithium-Cobalt battery has a 170km range and a four-hour charge time. Charging stations are not required. The motorcycle can simply be plugged into a power socket.
Each E-motorcycle is handmade by the team at Evoke in Beijing with orders taking sixty days from date of order to delivery. The rollout for Evoke’s new smart-capable electric motorcycle is April 2016. Models start at around RMB 39,000.
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