The Emflux Concept One: A Sub-$10k Electric Motorcycle?
Expected To Cost Less Than $10K, The Emflux Concept One Could Be A Real Game Changer
This is the Emflux Concept One, a fierce looking electric motorcycle from India’s Bengaluru-based startup Emflux. Hailed as India’s first superbike, the Emflux Concept One comes with performance figures and a price tag that might make you rethink your opinion of electric motorcycles. Set to be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo on February 7th 2018, here’s all you need to know about the hottest thing to come out of India since the vinadaloo curry.
What Is The Emflux Concept One?
Emflux have been working on their Concept One model since 2016, and unusually for a no-name startup, the company have decided to aim big. The electric motorcycle market is a tough market to enter at the moment. Regular riders are still reluctant to make the transition, and pricing is prohibitively expensive for those that are open to it. Even the most budget conscious manufacturers are maintaining a high price tag…but emerging firms like Emflux might have the solution. What used to be a premium market may now be available to everyone.
Undercutting the likes of Energica, the Emflux Concept One is more in the same kind of price bracket as the Evoke electric motorcycle: somewhere just under $10,000. That’s only a price prediction, but the local journalists in India think that ten grand sounds about right. So what will that $10k bag you? Quite a lot, if these early reports are to be believed.
The all-electric powertrain of the Emflux one is powered by a liquid-cooled AC induction motor that produces an impressive 50 kW. In conventional terms, the Emflux would be capable of around 68 horses in peak power and about 62 lb-ft of torque. The company claims that the Concept One is able to hit 62 mph in as little as 3 seconds, with a top speed of around 125 mph. The range isn’t particularly impressive, but very few electric motorcycles have managed to deliver in that department. The air-cooled Samsung battery pack promises a range of about 130 miles – but it can be charged to 80% in 36 minutes, with a full 100% charge taking three hours, all from a standard wall socket. Three hours ain’t bad at all.
Like all things new, the Emflux Concept One will come packed to the rafters with every bit of technology under the sun, from a fully integrated infotainment system with a TFT display, GPS tech, full connectivity to your other devices, real time dynamics, bike to bike communication and its own app so that you can log your rides and all that. The advanced ABS system is a custom configured dual channel system from Continental, with regenerative braking to help assist the battery life. As for the real hardware, the brakes are from Brembo, the suspension from Ohlins, and it’s all rather impressive for a bike that’s set to retail for under $10,000.
The first bike from Emflux will be limited to 199 units, but if it’s as good as they say it is, we expect the next model to be a fully working production series. With only 199 units available, you might be wondering if any will ever make it to US shores…but it doesn’t matter if one does or not, because if an Emflux doesn’t, something else will. Technology is getting better, prices are getting lower, and whether you like it or not, electric motorcycles are coming.