This distinctive electric motorbike is a ground-up reinvention of the motorcycle

This distinctive electric motorbike is a ground-up reinvention of the motorcycle

by Derek Markham, treehugger

The Johammer J1 electric motorcycle is a head-turning e-mobility solution that can double as a home battery storage device.

An electric motorcycle from Austrian electric mobility firm Johammer is like nothing else on the road, and for good reason, as it breaks almost completely with traditional motorcycle design in favor of a decidedly unconventional approach to electric transport. Sure, it’s still got two wheels and a saddle and a pair of handlebars, but that’s about where the similarities end, which is probably why some are comparing the Johammer J1 to a Tesla, as they both are products of a radical re-imagination of what personal transportation looks like.

The aluminum-framed Johammer J1 is wrapped in a funky polypropylene body, which hides the 11 kW (16 kW peak) electric drive train and 72V 12.7 kWh battery pack on its low-slung chassis. The bike, which has a 200 km (124 mile) range and a 75 mph top speed (electronically limited), also incorporates regenerative braking to recapture some energy for optimal range, and can be fully charged in about 3.5 hours. The bike weighs in at 390 pounds, and its low center of gravity is said to offer a comfortable ride and secure handling.

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