New Zealand elec­tric bikes like no other

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

FROM New Zealand, ETT In­dus­tries, spe­cial­ists in elec­tric ve­hi­cles, an­nounced their new Raker elec­tric scooter and Trayser e-bike, both with laser­cut mono­coque alu­minum frames.

It may be nec­es­sary to re­mind South Africans, who buy more ve­hi­cles made out of a cabin bolted onto a lad­der frame chas­sis, (vis the Hilux) that a mono­coque is when one bolts the wheels to the cabin in­stead.

The bikes were de­signed and built by CEO and founder of ETT In­dus­tries, Jay Wen.

Wen is no novice to ve­hi­cle de­sign, for af­ter get­ting his masters in au­to­mo­tive de­sign in Milan, he worked for Peu­geot and Citroën, two brands who are not afraid to push the en­ve­lope.

The new Raker and Trayser bikes cer­tainly push the en­ve­lope and then some. Wen can right­fully claim noth­ing else on the road looks like them, and adds both have won pres­ti­gious IF De­sign Awards.

“We’ve seen guys who own ex­pen­sive cars and boats but as soon as they get on one of these bikes, their faces light up like kids. It’s so cool to see as that’s ex­actly what I set out to do; to make peo­ple happy through my ve­hi­cles. We’ve looked at the mar­ket and there re­ally is noth­ing else like it. eBikes are on the up but we be­lieve that our de­sign and sheer scope of cus­tom op­tions are unique,” Wen said.

He has also made the specs for some of the plas­tic com­po­nents avail­able on the com­pany site to en­able rid­ers to 3D print such items as need re­plac­ing.

The 75 kg Raker is more mo­tor­bike than e-bike, and is pow­ered by a 72 V/25 kWh lithi­u­mion bat­tery pack, which drives a brush­less 2 000 W mo­tor and can reach a top speed of 45 km/h. The bat­ter­ies are good for 80 km in the city af­ter a five­hour charge.

The Raker comes with air sus­pen­sion (120 and 27 mm front and rear), 12-inch wheels, light­ing front and aft and a choice of four colours, priced at £2 700 (about R56 498).

Rid­ers who want to do some ped­alling can opt for the 27 kg Trayser, which has a 250 W rear hub mo­tor, good for a top speed of 25 km/h. Driven only on the 42 V/20 Ah lithium-ion bat­tery pack, the Trayser can go 97 km on a five-hour charge. Other fea­tures in­clude a belt drive and Tek­tro disc brakes, but no sus­pen­sion.

The Raker sells for just un­der R58 000 and the Trayzer goes for al­most R37 000, de­liv­er­ies ex­cluded. As for when de­liv­er­ies will hap­pen, Wen said ship­ping to cus­tomers is within 90 days. Or­der can be placed at­tin­dus­


Light, pow­er­ful and fast — the Raker (right) and the Trayser (be­low) from New Zealand.

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