Bolt’s e-bike has Zero roots
PART electric bicycle, part motorcycle and part moped, the Bolt M-1 is a capable, twowheeled machine engineered for urban commuting.
The fully electric bike wears light motorcycle styling and can put out up to 5 500 watts for speeds up to 64 km/h. It can also be dialled back to 1 000 watts and ridden like an e-bike.
Bolt Motorbikes founder and CEO Dr Nathan Jauvtis began commuting on a moped at about the time he first moved to San Francisco. He found the moped to be the perfect vehicle for getting around the city, with more speed and practical range than a bicycle, but cheaper than a car.
Jauvtis formed Bolt with cofounder Zach Levenberg, a moped enthusiast with worldrecord moped riding and Lit Motors engineering experience under his belt. The two designed their own version of the moped, turning to battery power and putting their own styling to it to create the M-1.
The company kept the design simple and bicycle-like in hopes of appealing to bike riders looking for a light, electric form of urban commuting. In other words, folks who might be intimidated by more powerful electric motorcycles like those that Jauvtis helped develop at Zero Motorcycles.
The motor output is limited to 1 000 watts, with a range of 82 km at 32 km/h on motor power alone. For those who want to stretch their legs, the M-1’s pedals are just dangling there in waiting.
The bike isn’t exactly an electrified dirt bike, but Bolt does have some photos of it tackling flat dirt, so an “off-road only” mode isn’t completely fictitious.
The M-1 also features a computerised control system with passcode protection, USB phone charger and Bluetooth-connected mobile application. Its 1,7 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack has a quick release for easier charging and fast-charges to 90% in 90 minutes.
Bolt recommends using the home charger for five-hour “maintenance” charging to increase battery longevity.
The bike weighs 63,5 kg. Bolt says that it has already sold out its first M-1 production run and is currently taking preorders for batch #2 on its website.
The M-1 lists in at $5 495, (about R 70 000) and early birds save $500 on a buy-now price that entails a fully refundable $500 deposit.
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