The Bolt M-1 is the crazy mix of moped, motorcycle and bicycle that can be operated like a motorcycle (up to 5,500 watts for speeds up to 40 mph) as well as an e-bike (up to 1,000 watts for speeds up to 20 mph).
8/31/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
In the world we live breakthroughs are made every day: autonomous driving vehicles that will be in mass use in the nearest future, new types of batteries that are much more powerful and soon will replace existing Li-ion batteries and other innovations alike.
Nonetheless, in spite of all the good things that we have (will have), one thing bothers me a lot: we don’t experiment a lot with new kinds of transportation.
Almost nobody is thinking about something really crazy like mixing plane, car and yacht –- no, there is no need to send me to the funny farm.
I mean, the result might be really lousy and such type of transportation will never be brought into life, but it was really cool when tons of people were passionate about experimenting and bringing crazy ideas into life.
Luckily, not all the eccentric people are dead.
Meet, Bolt Motorbikes team – goofballs that managed to mix bicycle, motorcycle and moped altogether.
Their indigenous “child” is named Bolt M-1 and can be used as e-bike as well as motorcycle/scooter.
Let’s learn more.
Part electric motorcycle, part bicycle and part moped, the Bolt M-1 is a capable, two-wheeled machine engineered for urban commuting.
The fully electric bike wears light motorcycle styling and can put out up to 5,500 watts for speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h) and can also be dialed back to 1,000 watts and ridden like an e-bike (up to 20 mph).
* battery – 33 Volt / 300 Amp / 1.68 kWhr LiFePO4;
* power – 1000W (economy) / 5500W (sport);
* charge time – 5 hour (maintenance) / 1.5 hour (fast charge);
* weight – 140lbs;
* wheelbase – 45”;
* wheel size – 17″;
* seat height – 27″;
* 20 MPH top speed (31 km/h);
* 1000 watts of power;
* up to 50 miles of range (80 kilometers);
* no pedaling required.
* 40 MPH top speed (64km/h);
* up to 5500 watts of power;
* 30 mile range (50 kilometers);
* for off-road use only.
How everything has started
Bolt Motorbikes founder and CEO Dr. Nathan Jauvtis began commuting on a moped around the time he first moved to San Francisco. He found the moped to be the perfect vehicle for getting around the city – more speed and practical range than a bicycle but cheaper than a car.
Jauvtis formed Bolt with co-founder Zach Levenberg, a moped enthusiast with world-record moped riding and Lit Motors engineering experience under his belt. The two designed their own version of the moped, turning to battery power and putting their own styling to it to create the M-1.
While the M-1's design is most similar to a moped, the company has been careful to keep specifications within Golden state’s legal definition of an electric bicycle, thereby eliminating the need for a motorcycle license. The company also keeps the design simple and bicycle-like in hopes of appealing to bike riders looking for a light, electric form of urban commuting – in other words, folks that might be intimidated by more powerful electric motorcycles like those that Jauvtis helped develop at Zero Motorcycles.
"If you can ride a bicycle, you can ride a Bolt" - the company promises.
Those looking for that type of easy-riding city commuting will likely set the M-1 on "economy" mode and never hit the switch again. It limits motor output to 1,000 watts, optimizing range for up to 50 miles (82 kilometers) of riding on motor power alone. Speed is limited to 20 mph (32 kilometers per hour). No pedaling is required, but for those that want to stretch their legs, the M-1's pedals are just dangling there in waiting.
Economy mode meets California electric bike limits, which stipulate no more than 1,000 watts and a 20-mph (32km/h) top speed.
To avoid messing that up, Bolt says that sport mode is for off-road use only. The bike isn't exactly an electrified dirt bike, but Bolt does have some photos of it tackling flat dirt, so an "off-road only" mode isn't completely fictitious. That said, we imagine it will find more use on pavement, either by licensed folks with properly registered Bolt bikes or illegally by electric cyclists that just can't resist the lure of 5,500 watts and 40 mph (64 km/h). Range takes a big hit in sport mode, dropping to 30 miles (48 km/h).
The Bolt M-1 also features a computerized control system with passcode protection, USB phone charger, and Bluetooth-connected mobile application. Its 1.7-kWh lithium ion phosphate battery pack has a quick release for easier charging and fast-charges to 90 percent in 1.5 hours. Bolt recommends using the home charger for 5-hour "maintenance" charging to increase battery longevity. The bike weighs 140 lb (63.5 kg).
Bolt Motorbikes Company is cutting the edge
Bolt says that it already sold out its first M-1 production run and is currently taking preorders for batch №2 on its website.
Well, it comes as no surprise since 5 thousand dollars is not that big of a deal for such cool two-wheeled machine.
Let’s wish Bolt Motorbikes good luck and wait more indigenous vehicles from them.