With India being the world’s largest two-wheeler market currently, sooner or later it would produce an electric bike startup. And one soon did, promising blazing performance from an electric heart. Take a closer look at the Emflux One with us.
Companies that build electric sportbikes rarely are able to continue doing so. Case in point, there’s been no activity from the Lightning or MotoCzysz camps for quite some time now. But a Bengaluru-based startup, backed by investors has taken up the electric baton and come up with a new superbike, the Emflux One.
At the heart of the One is Emflux’s proprietary liquid-cooled AC induction motor that puts down almost 70 hp and 84 Nm torque. The motor operates at minimum 95% efficiency. The power and a low kerb weight of 167 kg sees the Emflux hit 100 kph in three seconds flat, and go on to a top whack of close to 200 kph. These power and performance put the Emflux One in the same performance ballpark as mid-size triple cylinder bikes.
The AC motor is fed by a 9.7 kWh liquid cooled lithium-ion modular battery pack with integrated high-power Samsung SDi cells. Emflux rates urban range of the Model One at 200 km, with 150 km on the highway at a steady 80 kph. Additionally, the battery pack can be charged to 80% in 36 minutes using WARP charger (Emflux’s own design), or in three hours on a standard 15A wall charger. The battery comes with a standard five-year/100,000 km warranty.
The Emflux One gets top-notch cycle parts and suspension, as also the bodywork. The bike’s chassis, subframe and single-sided swingarm (a first for any Indian manufacturer) are all tubular steel trellis pieces. 43 mm upside down forks suspend the bike up front, with a 46 mm offset monoshock handling the swingarm. Both the suspension units can be upgraded to fully adjustable Ohlins pieces upon order. Brakes are from Brembo, with radial quad-piston calipers biting down on 300 mm discs up front and a 220 mm disc out back.
The bodywork of the Model One is a typical superbike affair with fiberglass fairings heping the bike gain an aerodynamic form. The fiberglass can be upgraded to carbon fiber, again upon order and extra fee. The bike sits on cast alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. The wheels can also be upgraded to forged alloys for an extra charge.
The company didn’t skimp on gadgetry either, with the Emflux One sporting a 6.8-inch touchscreen smart display that offers real-time vehicle diagnostics, GPS navigation, two inbuilt cameras in the front and one at the back, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G system software enabling for wireless updates, all-LED lighting throughout, and an Emflux app that lets owners locate and book charging stations. The bike also gets a park assist function wherein you can pilot the bike at 3 kph forwards or backwards by just pushing a button.
Emflux is clearly going for a more premium space in the electric motorcycle industry, and as such the price is expected to be steep. However, the bike itself looks rather promising, with the company poised to begin deliveries in early 2019.