Electric vehicles can come with plenty of innovation as companies like Tesla, Google and Uber have already shown to the world, but a startup Lit Motors intends to change the way motorcycles are built and ridden. C1, the planned electric motorbike from Lit Motors is designed to stay upright even when a sudden heavy impact hits it on the side.
The C1 is an all-electric motorcycle that has space for a rider and for a passenger behind the rider. The motorbike can accelerate to 100 km/h in six seconds, and its maximum speed is 160 km/h. The expected range for the C1 is 320 km which means it could be used for road trips. A full recharge of batteries takes four hours, but ordinary home electricity can be used to top up the batteries. There is not much space for luggage in the vehicle, but it is the same problem on an ordinary motorcycle.
The Lit Motors C1 is only slightly larger than an average motorbike, even though the C1 is covered like a car. The rider is protected from weather and accidents because airbags in the vehicle cushion sudden impacts.
How does a two-wheel vehicle stay upright even if it is pushed from one side or it hits an obstacle? Lit Motors explains that the C-1 motorbike has a gyroscopic stability system. Electronically managed control moment gyroscopes that are built into the floor of the vehicle generate thousands of ft-lbs of torque. The gyros are controlled by the vehicle, allowing it to lean itself into and out of turns, and stay upright when stopped.
Here is a short video clip that shows the Lit Motors C1 in action:
The motorcycle includes many car-like features, like air-conditioning and an entertainment system.
According to El Motor, the C1 motorbike will cost about USD 24 000. The vehicle has been under construction for years already, but the visionary behind the product, Danny Kim, assured that it will be available in 2018. The company, Lit Motors, is based in San Francisco.