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Savic Motorcycles is set to bring vehicle production back to Australia.
Australian electric motorcycle maker Savic earned A $ 1.14 million (NZ $ 1.2 million) ahead of its first major production.
Much of this came from the Australian Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Center, a tax-funded acceleration and investment pool for Australian businesses. It will allow Savic to launch three versions of its C series, the Alpha, the Delta and the Omega.
Starting at the top, the Alpha is the most powerful version, delivering 60 kW / 180 Nm from its single electric motor and 11 kWh battery. The range is estimated at 200 km for the city. It can be recharged in four hours, although Savic doesn’t say if it can use fast chargers.
Switching to the Delta midsize gives you 40kW of power and 140Nm of torque powered by a 9kWh battery, enough for 150km of city driving. Its recharge time is three hours.
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Finally, the Omega is the entry-level model, with 25 kW / 110 Nm, a 7 kWh battery with a recharge time of two hours and 120 km of range in the city.
All models are equipped with ABS, drive modes, inverted forks and Pirelli rubber. The Alpha also gets Brembo brakes up front.
The bikes also look great, with a café-racer aesthetic paired with a large battery slab in the center. Dual stacked headlights give the front a streetfighter look, aided by the low handlebars, while the one-sided swingarm and triple spoke wheels are reminiscent of the Ducati 916.
The Alpha is priced at AU $ 23,990 (NZ $ 25,414), then $ 16,990 (NZ $ 17,999) for the Delta and $ 12,990 (NZ $ 13,761) for the Omega.
These are very much in line with the competition – bikes like the Ducati Monster 1200 (NZ $ 24,995), the Kawasaki Z900 (NZ $ 17,495) or the Triumph Trident 660 (NZ $ 13,790).
Combustion counterparts produce more kilowatts, but the high torque figures of the Savic models should offer some fierce competition, especially off the line. Since the LAMS regulations only specify horsepower in relation to weight, disregarding torque, there is a possibility that the Omega will be sold to apprentice riders as well.
Thing has contacted Savic to see if a launch in New Zealand is planned.