Evoke, a Hong Kong-based company, has introduced its latest electric motorcycle, the 6061-GT, which features the largest battery pack ever offered in a production bike. Boasting an impressive 30-kWh battery, this electric touring motorcycle can achieve a range of over 600 km (370 miles), setting a new standard for long-distance electric motorcycles.
While electric motorcycles have gained popularity in daily commuting due to their practicality, speed, and low operating costs, they have struggled to appeal to riders looking for long-distance adventures. Unlike cars, motorcycles are often seen as recreational vehicles in Western countries, and many riders prioritize the ability to travel significant distances on weekend trips. However, the lack of charging infrastructure and limited range options have limited the appeal of electric motorcycles for this purpose.
Evoke aims to address this issue by equipping the 6061-GT with a battery and charging system that meets the demands of long-distance touring. The motorcycle’s range makes it suitable for urban commuting as well as highway riding, with an estimated range of approximately 300 km (185 miles) on the highway. Additionally, the 6061-GT supports level 2 CCS-2 DC charging and can charge at up to 90 kW, allowing for a 0-80% charge in just 30 minutes.
Powering the 6061-GT is a liquid-cooled axial flux electric motor that can deliver a peak power of 90 kW (121 hp) and 206 Nm (152 lb-ft) of torque. With this powertrain, the motorcycle can reach a top speed of over 230 km/h (140 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 98 km/h (0-60 mph) in 4.4 seconds.
Given the large battery capacity of 30 kWh, the 6061-GT has a substantial weight that exceeds 320 kg (705 lb). To suit the cruiser-style design, Evoke has designed the motorcycle with a patented Twin Plate Exo-frame made from aerospace-grade aluminum sheets. While the frame may not be visually appealing, Evoke plans to cover it with plastic in the 2024 version for a more aesthetically pleasing look.
While the 6061-GT focuses on touring, it currently lacks luggage options and additional storage space. The motorcycle’s design may also pose comfort challenges for long rides, as the seat’s scooped-out shape may cause discomfort after extended periods of riding.
The 6061-GT is now available for pre-order, with deliveries in North America scheduled to begin in 2024. Pricing details have not been released yet, but the previous model, the 2023 version, had a price tag of approximately $25,000.
Evoke’s groundbreaking GT motorcycle offers a promising solution for riders seeking electric touring options. With its impressive range, quick charging capabilities, and powerful performance, this motorcycle showcases Evoke’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric mobility.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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