Elec­tric Motion – France

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It was in the shadow of the sub­urbs of Mont­pel­lier at Cas­trie that the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of the most in­no­va­tive elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle avail­able, the Elec­tric Motion, was pre­sented, at their new fac­tory in early June. The most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced ePure Race model is the first elec­tric trials mo­tor­cy­cle in his­tory to have air-front forks as stan­dard and is also fit­ted with a di­aphragm clutch. Our test rider Bastien Vallee, who tried the former model, was more than ex­cited to put this one to the test. With more than 1,500 units sold in 20 coun­tries, the Elec­tric Motion EM5.7 is bow­ing out. Now two ‘fam­i­lies’ of ma­chine are united un­der the same 2020 model range. All EM mod­els share the same frame and trans­mis­sion. The ePure mod­els all get the bat­tery tech­nol­ogy, same power and dura­bil­ity, whereas the Es­cape model, which rep­re­sents half the sales of the whole brand, gets a higher-qual­ity bat­tery.

Two fam­i­lies

The ePure was re­leased all most one year ago, dur­ing the French GP in Auron. It is the ‘Pure’ trials model, which is of­fered in three dif­fer­ent ver­sions. The ‘Es­cape’ is the trail ver­sion of the range. Both share the same tech­no­log­i­cal base, which is di­rectly in­spired by the Christophe Bruand pro­to­type used in the FIM TrialE World Cham­pi­onship in 2018. The ‘Lite’ model is the en­try-level ma­chine with ba­sic wheel and sus­pen­sion, steel ‘Tech’ forks at the front and an Olle rear shock. The ‘Sport’ model is very close to the Bruand pro­to­type with high-end wheels, sprock­ets, chain and sus­pen­sion in­clud­ing the very new M4 air front forks, CNC ma­chined triple clamps and a R16V Olle rear shock. And then here comes the sur­prise pack­age with the all-new ‘Race’ model. It’s the same as the ‘Sport’, but with a real hy­draulic di­aphragm clutch, the same as you will find on the petrolpow­ered ma­chines cur­rently avail­able from the other man­u­fac­tur­ers.


The frame is at the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy with its middle sec­tion mi­cro-fused. It is fab­ri­cated with 15CDV6 steel, which is only 1mm Ǿ and weighs less than 5kg. This steel is usu­ally used for pro­to­types only and is very rare on stock pro­duc­tion mod­els.


Both the Lite and Es­cape mod­els share the same ba­sics at the front and rear with the Tech/Olle sus­pen­sion com­bi­na­tion, whereas the Sport and Race use more high-end com­po­nents with the M4 air front forks and the fully adjustable R16V Olle rear shock which of­fers a weight saving of 1kg on the stan­dard model. The CNC black an­odised triple clamps of­fer higher rigid­ity and im­proved looks, and also gives the ma­chine the light­est front-end feel­ing on the market.


It’s dif­fer­ent from on Bruand's pro­to­type ma­chine, in that it is now man­u­fac­tured in Italy. Se­lec­tion is per­fect, the de­sign is new, and the pack­age is much smoother than it was be­fore. The qual­ity of the frame and the trans­mis­sion al­lows it to use a new mo­tor mount­ing, mak­ing it run even more smoothly.


The same bat­tery that was used on Bruand's ma­chine is fit­ted, held in

po­si­tion by three screws. It weighs around 10kg, more or less the same as the old one, but the physical size has been re­duced, and the power is so much bet­ter. EM claims 43km of power for the ePure against the 26km of the former 5.7 model, and 61km for the Es­cape against 38km pre­vi­ously. “The goal is to en­able trial rid­ers to do three laps of a 10km course attempting haz­ards like they have done be­fore on the petrol mo­tor­cy­cles” ex­plains Leo Finiels, the young and en­thu­si­as­tic spokesman for the brand. The bat­tery is also very easy to switch com­pared to be­fore. Leo com­ments: “We now can hire out bat­ter­ies for one-off events where you need more power, such as clas­sic events in France, for example. The idea is you don't have to buy one be­cause they cost 2,000 eu­ros” he added.


The ePure Sport and Race mod­els lose 5kg and 4kg and are at the FIM limit of 70kg. “We have made huge gains, that's a fact, but more im­por­tant is the mass lo­ca­tion,” says Leo. The ma­chine’s di­men­sions are very close to that of a fuel as­pi­rated model. Ac­cord­ing to Leo, what makes the new mod­els bet­ter is the han­dling com­pared to other ma­chines on the market. “Ex­traor­di­nary,” he told us. For sure, he is a lit­tle bi­ased, but still. “I was look­ing for­ward to try­ing the clutch ver­sion be­cause as a trials rider, you rely on the clutch to ‘jump’ for example. And then, when I tried it, that’s when I re­alised how well it han­dled as well”.


What’s most notable between the Lite/Sport duo and the Race model is the clutch. The first two keep their switch­able PELS/PRB sys­tem – the left lever can be an elec­tric brake or a pro­gres­sive switch, but it can't make the en­gine rev – while the Race gets a full-on clutch and a mass of in­er­tia. The di­aphragm clutch is very close to that of a Gas Gas GP model. EM even ad­mits that this is where the idea came from. It al­lows for more in­tu­itive rid­ing, just like any nor­mal mo­tor­cy­cle we know. The master cylin­der is a hy­draulic Braketec one, like on many ma­chines on the market. Now, with this clutch, you can make the ma­chine ‘rev’ just be­fore a big obstacle, for example.


The power goes from 5kW to 6kW, with a ‘peak power’ of 11kW. Torque is also pro­gress­ing by 100Nm at the rear wheel, now with 600Nm. Re­gard­ing the Es­cape, the torque has been vol­un­tar­ily lim­ited at 450Nm. Both mod­els also in­crease their top speed by 5km/h: 60 to 65km/h for the trials and 70 to 75km/h for the Es­cape. Charg­ing time is also in­creased... 3 hours 20 min­utes for the trials model and 4 hours 15 min­utes for the Es­cape. A fast bat­tery charger at an af­ford­able price should be avail­able soon as an op­tion.

On test Elec­tric Motion

ePure Sport/Race, Es­cape: The fu­ture is al­ready here. This ti­tle comes di­rectly from the mouth of our test rider Bastien Vallee. We were ex­pect­ing a lot from the ePure, and yes, it de­liv­ers. That's the elec­tric model we were all wait­ing for. The first thing you no­tice when you ride is the clutch, which shouldn’t be used in the same way as on a petrol mo­tor­cy­cle. You hardly have to use it, in fact; much less than on a nor­mal one, just on very short run-ups be­fore an obstacle. But it com­pletely changes the char­ac­ter of the EM. The en­gine doesn't pull very high, but it has a ton of power and torque at the bot­tom end. The me­chan­i­cal clutch en­gages very well and al­lows all the power to get to the ground.

Top chas­sis Other pos­i­tive points are in the new chas­sis, with the bat­tery lower and fur­ther back­ward com­pared to the old one. You just don't feel the 10 ki­los from the bat­tery. On pivot turns, lit­tle jumps or po­si­tion­ing your­self, ev­ery­thing feels in place. Com­bined with the new M4 fork, the ma­chine seems very light and very easy to han­dle. The rear Olle shock also works fine, giv­ing grip to the rear wheel even when not set up to my weight and level of abil­ity. I felt bet­ter on this ma­chine than on a two- or four-stroke one. Even the aes­thet­ics are very clean: not full of stick­ers ev­ery­where, no colours, the ma­chine is just sim­ple and beau­ti­ful.


The Sport model is the per­fect way to learn the elec­tric method of rid­ing. You have to rely on the torque a lot, rather than revving it. When you shut the throt­tle the en­gine doesn't stop right away, like on the former ver­sion. That's be­cause of the fly­wheel, which is avail­able as an op­tion. For an av­er­age rider that op­tion is a must-have; almost bet­ter than the clutch on the Race model. If your level is higher and you at­tack more sig­nif­i­cant steps and such, you may need the clutch, how­ever. The three dif­fer­ent elec­tri­cal maps are very ef­fi­cient. The blue one is for every­body; the green one is the easiest for hobby rid­ers and the red one for the top guns with sig­nif­i­cant power. Be­fore, you would twist the throt­tle wide open and hope for the best. Now you can hear the revs grow­ing so that it is eas­ier to know where you are in terms of the power band. It makes a big dif­fer­ence for the most ad­vanced rid­ers. We saw Christophe Bruand doing ob­sta­cles he could not man­age with­out the clutch. Sure there is a learn­ing curve in adapt­ing, but it comes quickly and then it feels like nor­mal again.


The Es­cape looks bulky at first. It makes you won­der how it will han­dle the haz­ards. But when you get on it, ev­ery­thing falls into place. The rid­ing po­si­tion is okay for a trial or an en­duro rider. As a trials rider, I’m not used to hav­ing a seat, but it didn't bother me at all. It han­dles very well and is not out of place for easy trials rid­ing. The en­gine has less torque but pulls well com­pared to the ePure.

Sim­ply put, it is not made for the same pur­pose, but this model is still ef­fi­cient and can pull wheel­ies if you want to. The three dif­fer­ent elec­tri­cal maps are mel­lower than the Race ver­sion. And with this en­gine, you re­ally don't need the hy­draulic clutch.

The EM team

There is a whole team of en­thu­si­asts be­hind this EM brand. Christophe Bruand is a great test rider and the ex­pe­ri­enced Marc Colomer, who joined the team not long ago, will bring all his knowl­edge to the ta­ble. I re­ally think we'll see more and more of these ma­chines at ev­ery level in the trials world.

The cost?

They are cheaper than a fac­tory-model two- or four-stroke. And we know people like to put the lat­est af­ter­mar­ket parts on their ma­chines. With the EM there's no tun­ing to be done. The price seems fair in re­gards to the tech­nol­ogy in­volved. I even thought to my­self when I saw the prices that the mod­els are ac­tu­ally af­ford­able!


This new fac­tory is very open and clean.

51 New av­enues for in­creased sales are on the agenda, in­clud­ing the po­lice force.

Pro­duc­tion of the new mod­els is well un­der way.

All the en­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of staff at Elec­tric Motion were more than happy to answer any ques­tions on this ex­cit­ing new model range.

Our test rider Bastien Vallee be­lieves the fu­ture is al­ready here with the 2010 Elec­tric Motion range.

Smooth well-thought-out styling can be found for rider com­fort on the Es­cape model.

Qual­ity com­po­nents can be found in all areas of man­u­fac­ture.

The elec­tric mo­tor is at the heart of the ma­chine.

A very mod­ern look is found on the drive side of the mo­tor.

Elec­tric Motion ePure Race Model 2020

Elec­tric Motion ePure Es­cape Model 2020

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