There’s a lot being said about the German electric motorcycle Novus. More often than not, you run into comments about the price tag—and usually those are more complaints than compliments.
But what nearly every review says—and what they all got right—is that this is one incredibly awesome design.
Novus is extremely lightweight, thanks largely to its hollow body. It’s also narrow and comes with thin tires. The result is that it weighs only 85 pounds: That’s light enough that once you’re done with your commute, you can easily pick the bike up and carry it into your office or stow it away in a secure closet.
In terms of power, there’s not too much to report on. It has a 14-peak-kilowatt rear hub drive that puts out 18.7 horsepower and 147.5 lb-ft of torque (of course, that’s peak power—the nominal measurement is closer to 8.3 horsepower).
It’s enough power to get you up to a top speed of 100 kilometres per hour–you may not be racing down the highway on this bike, but you can do a whole lot of urban riding and commuting, especially with a 100 kilometre per charge range.
Speaking of charge, a charge from 0 to 80 per cent will only take around an hour.
So what is everyone’s complaint about the price?
Namely that Novus has slapped a USD$39,500 price tag on it.