French bike firm Sodium Cycles took to CES 2021 to point out off the most recent model of their gentle electrical bike referred to as the Xubaka.
Sodium Cycles Xubaka
The Xubaka electrical bike has been in growth since 2018 and appears fairly totally different than most mini electric motorcycles we’ve seen.
As a substitute of utilizing a typical mini-sport bike design, it opts for a bicycle type body with out the pedals.
As Sodium Cycles explains the background of the design:
“Classic and pure, XUBAKA’s distinctive design evokes the legendary bikes of the 70s as a lot because the futuristic traces of the Bauhaus for furnishings and structure.”
The Chromoly metal body features a conventional entrance suspension fork however bucks a standard rear swingarm suspension in favor of immediately suspending the rider’s seat.
The passenger seems to be on his or her personal in terms of suspension, although a pillion seat is just one possibility for the rear.
Sodium Cycles has a set of racks and different utility-oriented equipment that may change the rear seat and switch the bike into extra of a cargo scooter.
The Xubaka’s rear homes a 4 kW steady and 5.5 kW peak-rated hub motor that propels the bike to a high pace of 80 km/h (50 mph). The Xubaka is restricted to only 50 km/h (31 mph) in its native EU although, preserving it road authorized within the 50cc class and not using a full bike license.
The US model will presumably not carry the decrease pace restrict, or could have non-obligatory user-selectable pace limits that may permit the Xubaka to function at full pace.
The 50 kg (110 lb) bike is available in far beneath the load of most comparably performing fuel or electrical scooters/bikes.
A low slung 1.34 kWh battery gives a claimed vary of between 60-80 km (37-50 miles), although virtually actually measured at slower metropolis speeds.
For now that battery makes use of lithium-ion cells like almost all electrical bicycles and bikes available on the market right this moment. However Sodium Cycles attracts its identify from its formidable plan to outfit the bike with new sodium-ion batteries. Sodium-ion batteries are a quickly developing technology that might current many benefits as an alternative choice to typical lithium-ion batteries.
Sodium Cycles intends to make use of sodium-ion batteries developed by fellow French firm TIAMAT, which has obtained authorities backing from the CNRS (French Nationwide Middle of Scientific Analysis).
The Xubaka is deliberate for an preliminary launch within the EU in 2021, however intends to ultimately enter the US market. The bike will retail for €5,900 (roughly US$7,170) – a hefty value for the EU speed-limited model.
I truly just like the type. I don’t know if I’m cultured sufficient to choose up the “Bauhaus” tones, however I like that it’s totally different from the repetitive designs we see an excessive amount of of.
To me it looks like a enjoyable mixture of electrical bicycle design and lightweight electrical bike efficiency.
Ouch, that value although. I really feel like €5,900 is an enormous ask. Don’t get me mistaken, if they’re producing this factor regionally in France then the value could also be honest. Nevertheless it’s simply such a big premium over larger efficiency and decrease value choices that you just’re going to have to actually benefit from the design to spend that a lot.
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