German 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 photos of the ‘final’ bike with EVW which captures the look and feel of the production version that comes out next April.
Sommer says that the design was modified that it may become less Moped and more Scrambler. It is intended to offer biking for offroad adventures as well as short city trips.
Viktor informed us in August that the final 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 redesigned frame, swing arm and battery box give the bike a more muscular look. The tires have gone from 17 – 2.75 to 18 – 3.00 specification (both front and rear will have the same tire) while the bigger ‘tank’ gives a “better feeling” when perched.
The new electric bike Black Tea Motorbikes is completing 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.
If all goes well, it can start the EU type approval process in a few weeks, 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 this year.
Black Tea was planning to launch the e-motorcycle, which is an Electric Scrambler, by the end of 2020 but the COVID-19 outbreak and the redesign following customer feedback has caused a delay.
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.