New Zealand electric bikes like no other
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 at www.ettindustries.com.
Light, powerful and fast — the Raker (right) and the Trayser (below) from New Zealand.