Australian electric motorcycle maker, Savic, has secured AU$1.14 million (NZ$1.2 million) ahead of its first major production run.
A good chunk of that has come from the Australian Federal government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, a tax-funded acceleration and investment tank for Aussie-grown businesses. It will allow Savic to launch three versions of its C-Series, the Alpha, Delta, and Omega.
Starting from the top, the Alpha is the most potent version, offering 60kW/180Nm from its single electric motor and 11kWh battery. Range is rated at 200km for the city. It can be recharged in four hours, though Savic doesn’t say if it can utilise fast chargers.
Moving to the mid-spec Delta, you get 40kW of power and 140Nm of torque fed by a 9kWh battery back, enough for 150km of city riding. Its recharge time is three hours.
Finally, the Omega is the entry-level model, with 25kW/110Nm, a 7kWh battery with a recharge time of two hours and 120km of city range.
All models get ABS, ride modes, upside-down forks and Pirelli rubber. The Alpha also gets Brembo brakes at the front.
The bikes look great too, with a cafe-racer aesthetic paired with a big slab of battery in the centre. Twin stacked headlights give the front a streetfighter look, helped by the low handlebars, while the single-sided swingarm and triple spoked wheels nod to the Ducati 916.
Pricing for the Alpha is set at AU$23,990 (NZ$25,414), then $16,990 (NZ$17,999) for the Delta and $12,990 (NZ$13,761) for the Omega.
Those are right in line with the competition – bikes like the Ducati Monster 1200 (NZ$24,995), Kawasaki Z900 (NZ$17,495) or the Triumph Trident 660 (NZ$13,790).
The combustion counterparts make more kilowatts but the high torque figures of the Savic models should provide some stiff competition, particularly off the line. Considering the LAMS regulations only specify power to weight, without considering torque, there’s a chance the Omega could be sold to learner riders too.
Stuff has reached out to Savic to see if a New Zealand launch is on the cards.
CREDITS: Nile Bijoux