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Xkuty: An e-Bike With Some Novelties

25
February
2014
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Electrical Ecology
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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More and more electric motorcycles, scooters and bikes are being brought to market. Nowadays you need to stand out in a crowd, and for that you need to not only bring to the table some good specifications, range and performance, but also something that sets you aside.

Xkuty Spark Vista

Spanish Electric Mobility Company (EMC) has done exactly that. First they brought out the Xkuty One Open Xkuty One link in a new window, an e-Bike. The difference with an electric motorcycle like the Zero is that it has peddles, allowing you to increase your range and speed by pedalling. But you don't need to pedal with the Xkunty One, you can just sit and enjoy the ride. But the Xkuty One is more a moped without the pedals; there aren't any, but the speeds are more like a 50cc moped.

The Xkuty One comes in different configurations resulting in different ranges: 25 miles cost €2,800, 30 miles range will cost you €2,950 and 60 miles will set you back €3,600.

Power is 1200 W and the batteries used for the above ranges are respectively 17, 23 and 2x23 Ah. Maximum speed is 35 kph for this 42 kgs bike.

But what sets this e-Bike apart are three different things:

1. iPhone Driven

Xkuty Spark Vista

The e-Bike is iPhone driven, in other words, you use your iPhone to start/stop the bike, you can even set a speed limit, use it as a anti-theft device, navigation and you can even customize your own dashboard. Since there is no onboard dash, all you have is the iPhone. I guess that saves in component costs... but for those without an iPhone, you'll be riding without a dash.

Click here to read the functions of the Xkunty iPhone app Open Click here to read the functions of the Xkunty iPhone app link in a new window

2. Charging Station

Xkuty Spark Vista

You can buy a special charging station for the Xkuty One called "Spark". What's special about the charging station is that it is solar driven, in other words you can place the station somewhere in the garden and have the sun charge your bike.

It's an interesting and novel idea to supply the whole setup. Although I'm a great believe in solar power, it does mean that you can only charge during the daytime when there is sun ... the time that you would most probably be using the e-Bike. Which is why these clever people have two different versions of the Spark; one that charges directly, the other that stores the electricity in an onboard battery so that you can charge your e-Bike at night. Pretty cool!

Xkuty Spark Vista

Not a bad idea at all. The onboard battery of the charging station is a 60V 30 Ah lithium one. No indication of price.

Click here to read more about the Xkunty Spark charging station Open Click here to read more about the Xkunty Spark charging station link in a new window

3. Matching Helmet

Would any fashion conscious rider be on an e-Bike without matching helmet? So that is what these guys have done, they are selling their own line of helmets.

Xkuty Spark Vista

€180 buys you one of these helmets.

So... an interesting concept, both technically and marketing.

Click here to access the Xkunty web site. Open Xkuty link in a new window And yes, you can order the e-Bike on the spot.

Via: Motorpasion moto



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