Famous motorcycle designer Erik Buell today unveiled his new brand of electric motorcycles. In addition to a new futuristic-looking electric motorcycle design, the company has also released a technology-infused electric bicycle.
Erik Buell is known in the industry as a pioneer in motorcycle racing technology. A former Harley-Davidson engineer, he founded Buell Motorcycles, which was eventually purchased by Harley-Davidson.
Now the prolific designer has unveiled his latest company, the electric mobility brand Fuell.
But Buell doesn’t come in alone.
He teamed up with legendary engineer FrÃ©dÃ©ric Vasseur, director of the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team and founder of Spark Racing Technology (which builds Formula E racers).
With Vasseur’s experience in electric vehicles and Buell’s mastery of motorcycle design, the team represents a powerful mix of skills needed by any new electric mobility startup.
Together, they unveiled two new electric rides, the Flow electric motorcycle and the Fluid electric bicycle.
Fuell Flow electric motorcycle
The Fuell Flow electric motorcycle will come in two variants: 11 kW (14.8 hp) or 35 kW (47 hp).
Despite the founders’ racing background, the Flow electric motorcycle is primarily designed for urban applications. This has been a common theme in many new electric motorcycle unveilings lately.
A rear hub motor is mounted in a one-sided swingarm with an off-center rear monoshock.
While the hub motor can add unsprung weight that would be less than desirable for high performance racing, its advantage in a commuter is that it frees up cargo space in the bike. The Flow is expected to have 50 liters (1.75 cubic feet) of cargo space. That’s huge in the motorcycle world, where space for a pair of gloves or sunglasses is often considered a luxury.
Charging should also only take 30 minutes on a 20kW public charger.
The Flow appears to have no foot brake, but also has an empty left bar where a rear handbrake would otherwise rest, meaning that a single right brake lever could control the hydraulic disc brake up front and regenerative braking at the rear.
Fuell says Flow is expected to start at $ 10,995.
Fuell Fluid electric bike
The new electric bicycle from Fuell is innovative in itself.
It sports not one but two 500 Wh batteries for 1 kWh of total energy storage on board. Fuell claims that should be enough for 125 mi (201 km), although we assume it’s in ECO mode with pedal assist. Even so, it’s a serious lineup.
The electric bike has a mid-drive motor that uses a belt drive to transfer 100Nm of torque to the rear wheel.
The Fuell Fluid will be available in 20 mph (32 km / h) and 28 mph (45 km / h) versions. The bike is expected to start at $ 3,295. That’s high compared to some budget $ 500 e-bikes we’ve tested, but actually quite reasonable considering the high battery capacity, mid-drive motor, and belt drive. The other belt-driven bikes we’ve used cost even more and don’t have nearly the same aesthetic as the Fuell Fluid.
Fuell plans to have a fully functional website by next month where they will start taking orders for the Fluid. The company plans to start deliveries of the Fluid electric bike this year. Don’t expect to see a Fuell Flow electric motorcycle in your garage until at least 2021.
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