ARC

With Jaguar Land Rover money be­hind it, this new elec­tric bike is se­ri­ous. The only prob­lem is the price

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It’s easy to dis­miss the Arc as an­other ridicu­lously over­priced elec­tric pipedream. I mean, £90,000? A hel­met with a head-up dis­play (HUD) and a hap­tic feed­back jacket that taps you on the shoul­der when there’s a car be­hind you? Re­ally? But there is sub­stance here. The project was orig­i­nally con­ceived within Jaguar Land Rover’s innovation lab­o­ra­tory, and JLR re­tain an in­ter­est, and have pro­vided some of the fi­nance needed to push the project for­ward. Arc claim that their first cus­tomers will re­ceive their bikes in 2020. The other claims are im­pres­sive too: 220kg; 140bhp (103kw); 120mph; 120 mile range; 30 minute rapid recharge. All of which ad­dresses most peo­ple’s con­cerns about elec­tric bikes. Well, all ex­cept the price of en­try. And the bike is brim­ming with innovation. The HUD hel­met comes with the bike so you can see key info with­out look­ing down at the clocks, and you also get the hap­tic jacket that buzzes when there’s a car in your blindspot. The bike it­self has hub-cen­tre steer­ing with car­bon fi­bre swingarms front and rear, car­bon BST wheels and the whole lot is held to­gether by a car­bon mono­coque frame that’s as stiff as a Motogp bike’s. And it’s 45kg lighter than its clos­est ri­val, the En­er­gica Esseesse9. The boss and main share­holder is Mark Truman: ‘We’re tak­ing de­posits now and in­tend to de­liver to cus­tomers in 2020. The bikes have al­ready been tested at Brunt­ingth­orpe. We’ve got enough money – JLR owns some of the busi­ness and we have ven­ture cap­i­tal in­volved too. We have a multi year plan. ‘It’s made in Coven­try and we have 12 peo­ple in the de­sign of­fice. Some are JLR peo­ple, but some are ex-du­cati, Tri­umph and KTM. We ex­pect to be 60-strong by the end of 2020.’

Wooden nish on car­bon bre. We want this in Motogp

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