EV startup Black Tea Motorbikes is swiftly progressing with the development of its electric bike. Viktor Sommer, the founder of the company, has shared some new details about the upcoming EV with ElectricVehicleWeb.
Black Tea Motorbikes is now finalising specifications for its next prototype with suppliers. Viktor has informed us that the new version will be about 10% bigger, with extra length and width to better suit tall riders in Europe. Instead of a 50 ccm frame, the company is going for a 125 ccm frame now.
The new electric bike prototype Black Tea Motorbikes is working on will be able to accommodate two batteries and have a small storage compartment if only one battery is used. In the future, it will be possible to use the tank as a storage compartment, says Viktor.
Work is on to develop 3D CAD models and when the new prototype arrives from China, the team will see if the end-result is as per their expectation. If all goes well, it can start the EU type approval process, which is estimated to take 5-6 months, and then start delivering the first bikes in April 2021.
When previously EVW got in touch with Viktor to gather information about his company’s first product and their plans for production, he talked about the project inception. He said that he wasn’t able to find an appealing electric motorbike at an affordable price and hence decided to build one. The company had showcased the prototype of its first electric motorcycle online.
Black Tea was planning to launch the e-motorcycle, which is an Electric Scrambler, by the end of 2020 but the COVID-19 outbreak probably has caused a delay. The company wants to produce around 100 units of the motorcycle before moving to series production.
With their first product, the company is targeting the young urban crowd, especially the male audience who are concerned about sustainability and style too. Black Tea is confident that the no-frills motorcycle will appeal to customers who are independent, want to stick out of the crowd but also be a role model for coming generations by driving electric.
The Black Tea electric scrambler will be powered by a 72 V 40 Ah battery that offers a range of up to 90 km in a single charge. The production version is expected to be fitted with a 4 kW motor and the top speed will be 80 km/h. Overall, the weight of the motorcycle will be around 83 kg and will be equipped with a combined braking system (CBS) and regenerative braking. Black Tea has also stated that the motorcycle will be priced from under 5,000 Euros (Rs 4.11 lakh).
Black Tea Motorbikes electric bike in India?
Black Tea Motorbikes is considering to enter India in the long-term and currently are focusing on getting their product built and launching it in the European market. After establishing a foothold in Europe, Black Tea will look to expand to the US, India and Asia as well, says Viktor.