Novus opens pre-order for e-bikes with deliveries slated for mid-2022
Eclectic German motorcycle startup Novus unveiled its One electric bike prototype at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then, the Brunswick-based brand has worked hard to prepare its light suburb for the market. Now, with development and testing in the bag, Novus is opening preorders for the Novus One with units expected to ship in mid-2022.
Featuring a carbon fiber monocoque frame, swingarm, 18-inch wheels, telescopic fork, the future eclectic bike weighs just 165 pounds. Despite its small size, the One can support a payload of 240 pounds. With an 18 kW (24 horsepower) engine at its core, the Novus is no slouch either.
Paired with a 4.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, the powerful mill’s 148 ft-lbs of torque powers the One at a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 62 miles. While that range may seem underwhelming for many electric customers, Novus says the electric motorcycle can recharge to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes, keeping urban commuters on the road throughout the day. .
While many European countries consider the Novus One to be an electric motorcycle due to its 18 kW motor, the suspension and brake systems are very similar to the components of a bicycle. The fork springs are located in the head tube, just like on an ATV. However, the front end offers 3.5 inches of travel while the rear shock offers 4.3 inches of travel. A two-piston caliper mates to a 230mm disc up front while the hub-mounted motor handles stopping tasks at the rear.
Along with the performance-oriented components, the Novus One also boasts an advanced electronics suite including keyless start, three drive modes, navigation and smartphone connectivity. The Us app also allows users to monitor and adjust settings on the fly. All-around LED lighting improves One’s visibility and the operating system can be updated wirelessly.
Of course, all of this technology comes at a price. Starting at € 46,284 (≈ $ 55,000 USD), the Novus One is not the cheapest form of urban transport. Those interested can pre-order the One for € 1,000 (≈ $ 1,200) and the brand expects deliveries to begin in mid-2022.