Australian designed electric motorcycle, Savic C-Series, has won the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year by exceeding all four criteria for the Awards including design process, design excellence, design innovation and design impact.
The Savic C-Series is Australia’s first emission-free, full-sized, high-performance electric motorcycle. Based on the classically beautiful café racers of the 1970s, the three models offer a world-leading departure for the Australian motorcycle industry, combining exhilarating performance and minimal maintenance with the latest battery and power conversion capabilities of modern electric vehicle technology.
Designers Dennis Savic and David Hendroff’s mission was to design a head-turning motorcycle that combined the power and handling of a traditional cafe racer with the latest electric battery and power conversion technologies. By introducing a lightweight cast-aluminium frame, the body integrates a bulky 80kg powertrain, without detracting from the fine lines and distinctive ‘racing’ style of an iconic 1970s motorcycle.
The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, established in 1996, highlight and celebrate local design capability. The Awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in creating functional, safe and efficient products, services and spaces.
They also showcase the depth of design talent in Victoria and the capability and capacity of the Victorian design industry. Bound by three principles, the Awards seek to elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers, celebrate Victorian-led design and position Victoria as a design capital.
Minister for Creative Industries, Minister Danny Pearson, said “The Victorian design sector is responsible for bringing more than $6 billion into our state economy annually from local and international sources, including $400 million in exports. Savic Motorcycles is an exceptional example of Victorian design and innovation, with their focus on ground-breaking industrial design and aspiration to revive Australia’s automotive industry with a new generation of technology, design and engineering.”
Chair of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Jury, Celina Clarke, says “The Savic C-Series has been immaculately designed in every sense of the word. The attention to design details – from its elegant lines, handcrafted chrome and aluminium finishes right through to the design of their website and branding – it is clear this Victorian company is leading by design in everything they do.”
“Design filters through everything we do, it creates a positive experience for users at every touch point and with every interaction. Design influences what we think, the way we feel and the decisions we make. Design adds incredible value to any product, service, experience and business. Our panel of domestic and international judges were incredibly impressed with the potential of the Savic C-Series to fulfil the promise of ethical, pollution-free transportfor communities all over the world, with more than 80% of the vehicle, including its frame and powertrain enclosure, made from fully recyclable cast aluminium,” said Ms. Clarke.
The rest of the Jury’s comments mirror this achievement, stating: “The Savic C-Series range represents the best of design and cutting edge-innovation in the state of Victoria. This is an excellent example of world class automotive design and clever engineering coming together to create a striking electric road bike.”
“The Savic C-Series combines simple and clever electric vehicle architecture and technology with the soul of a vintage cafe racer. Every detail of this product has been beautifully designed and executed. It is a true achievement, especially at a very attractive price.”
“The iconic design language will help set this brand aside in the growing electric transport market and has the potential to further inspire the automotive design and manufacturing sector in Australia. Products like this will help pave the way for the uptake in electric transport as our world evolves to a net-zero future,” the Jury commented.
Savic’s suite of 25kW, 40kW and 60kW motorcycles result in Australia’s first true 21st century motorbike, a testament to the emerging electric revolution, which will delight riders with its power, data ‘smarts’, and stylish looks; establishing a new benchmark for design excellence. Savic is making the dream of electric motorcycling accessible to younger, more price-conscious consumers who want to travel on an Australian-made, zero-emissions vehicle – but do not have the budget to afford an expensive high-powered bike.
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CREDITS: Good Design