The American company Zaiser adds a second model to electric motorcycles with all-wheel drive

When Colorado-based electric motorcycle startup Zaiser first claimed last summer that it was working on an all-wheel-drive electric motorcycle with a range of 300 miles (482 km), it sounded a bit like that. -low.

The distant design of the Zaiser electrocycle did not help make the claim more realistic.

But now the company has claimed Forbes that it will begin production this year, although it failed to provide a specific timeline. Zaiser recently completed a successful crowdfunding round, raising US$103,000 on a target of $100,000. So there is at least some green in the piggy bank to get things going.

And to kick things up a notch, Zaiser has announced that the Electrocycle will eventually come in two models. The Silhouette model will be the mid-range version, while the Arrow model (not to be confused with Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire Arrow platform) will be more urban and have more understated specs for the rest of us.

The Silhouette’s claimed 300-mile (480 km) range could be helped by the inclusion of hub motors, which move the motor (or in this case the motors) out of the bike’s midframe and into its wheels. This leaves more space for the batteries, and Zaiser hinted at the use of solid-state battery technology.

This solid-state technology seems a bit far-fetched, but given that Zaiser is still in the prototype stage, solid-state batteries may be commonplace when the company launches its first model.

Production is expected to take place in Colorado once the bike designs are finalized, and the final purchase price will vary quite widely between the two models.

The company says the more affordable Arrow model will cost US$8,500, although it will still offer a fairly high range of 160 miles (257 km).

The Silhouette model will retail for $25,000, which will position it as the company’s flagship bike.

Zaiser is also apparently considering removable batteries, which would be a hell of a deal. Batteries capable of delivering the claimed 160 miles (257 km) of range would likely weigh close to 200 lb (90 kg). This bike better come with a sidecar because you will need a friend to carry that battery inside to charge it.

The bikes currently wear something of a retro-inspired design with long, flowing lines rarely seen today. The company says the design is still evolving, and final models may not look like current renders.

With production still slated to start later this year, I guess we’ll see a finalized design sooner rather than later.

Electrek’s Grasp

I like the initiative, and any new players in the electric motorcycle space are welcome, especially US-based manufacturers.

But damn it, it sounds like there are some serious unknowns here.

It’s great to see that they’ve raised some money, but $100,000 isn’t going to be enough to start a motorcycle business on its own. And there are real design challenges that need to be resolved here. Not only do solid-state batteries (or removable batteries) seem impractical at these weights, prices, and the year currently printed on my calendar, but the ranges they talk about also seem too good to be true.

Maybe Zaiser knows something we don’t, and I wish they could. But I’m going to need to know more about the company before jumping on the bandwagon. Seeing is believing, and I only have renderings in front of me so far.

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