Novus had turned heads at CES 2019 by presenting a prototype electric motorcycle with an avant-garde design. The machine is now back and finally seems ready to face the competition. Alterations have been made. The design has been updated, but the price remains high.
A price comparable to that of a Tesla Model 3
Indeed, the electric two-wheeler has a sales price excluding tax of € 39,900 or € 46,284 including VAT! For comparison, the Standard Plus variant of the Tesla Model 3 costs nearly € 49,000. According to the manufacturer, this unusual price is due to the massive use of carbon as well as an expensive manufacturing methodology. Each copy will be made by hand.
For this price, the start-up promises a largely light motorcycle. Thanks to the use of carbon fiber, the entire frame weighs only 7kg. The handlebars, wheels, fork and frame especially adopt this material. These efforts to reduce weight did not happen by accident. In reality, the Novus is presented as a vehicle that combines the characteristics of a bicycle and a motorcycle.
What about performance and functionality?
Despite its particularly high price, the Novus only offers a range of 100 km in urban use. However, its engine with peak power of 18 kW (24 hp) allows it to reach a top speed of 120 km / s. The 0 to 50 is done in 3 seconds.
The battery has a capacity of 4.3 kWh and finds its place in the lower part of the frame. This location was chosen to improve the center of gravity. In fact, the power pack weighs 19 kg, representing about a quarter of the motorcycle’s total weight of 75 kg. Novus promises a 0-80% charge in 30 minutes. In addition, the manufacturer has opted for a regenerative braking system.
Photo credit: Novus Bike
Novus, an electric motorcycle with an avant-garde design that costs as much as a Tesla
Note also the presence of an LCD screen on which is a system for mounting a telephone. Thanks to a dedicated application, the pilot will be able to adjust the performance of the machine on his smartphone. The latter also serves as an unlocking key via NFC.
Note that it is already possible to pre-order the Novus electric motorcycle for a € 1000 deposit. The first deliveries will take place in 2022. It will therefore be necessary to show patience before being able to drive it.