New automotive start-up brand Savic Motorcycles is set to become Australia's first high-performance and zero-emissions electric motorcycle manufacturer.
The Victorian-based brand – founded by ex-Ford Australia optimisation engineer Dennis Savic – has announced it's raised $AU1.14 million worth of funding, green-lighting production.
More than half of the co-investment has come from the federal government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre – a taxpayer-funded acceleration and investment tank for Australian businesses.
Savic Motorcycles claims it will introduce three versions of its 'C-Series' electric motorcycle by late 2022, with the entry-level variant expected to start from $12,990.
Called Savic 'C-Series Omega', the cheapest motorcycle in the range is planned to feature a 25kW electric motor, with the brand claiming performance akin to a 300cc petrol-powered equivalent.
Savic also mentions that it will introduce a 40kW 'C-Series Delta' and 60kW/200Nm 'C-Series Alpha' model at the same time, with list pricing expected to start from $16,990 and $23,990 respectively (before on-road costs).
The most powerful Savic C-Series Alpha motorcycle will feature a 16kWh lithium-ion battery, enabling a theoretical 250km of range, and a 0-100km/h of 3.5 seconds.
Alongside numerous Australian businesses involved in the project, Savic's engineering team is expected to begin calibrating a unique anti-lock braking system with Bosch Australia – a tier-one supplier to global automotive brands.
Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the AMGC, said: “Savic Motorcycles are paving the way for electric mobility in Australia by leveraging the best of breed designers, engineers and manufacturing partners to deliver motorbikes of unmatched performance for local and global customers.
“Savic is proof that when you embrace the entire manufacturing process from design to research and development, all the way through to sales, there are exciting times ahead for Australian manufacturing.”
The Savic motorcycle range will launch toward the end of 2022 in Australia.
CREDITS: Justin Narayan