Beijing’s Evoke Motorcycles adopts Classic stylings with its latest EV model, aimed largely at the export market
Earlier this year, Chinese EV maker Evoke Motorcycles announced its intention to expand into the US and Europe with the help of Chinese tech conglomerate Foxconn.
With plans now well underway, the company will showcase its latest offering – the Urban Classic – at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan this week.
Founded by Western expats living in Beijing, the company was officially created in 2014 by co-founders Nathan Siy and Chris Riether, and produced its first model – the Urban S – in 2015. Priced at under US$10,000, the affordable bike aimed at urban users has a 19kW motor. A 2017 update added a 9 kWh battery pack good for about 124 miles of city driving (or around 74 on faster roads).
The Urban Classic sticks to this formula, but with some updated styling. The 19kW DC hub motor is preserved, and the battery – comprised of Samsung SDI cells – is in fact smaller, at 7.8kWh. However, expected city range remains at around 124 miles. A full charge will take around 4 hours, or 3 hours to reach 80%. You can see full specifications below.
In that regard, the main differences between the two models look to be aesthetic – in particular the addition of the single ultra-bright LED headlight, from which the model seems to get its “Classic” moniker.
So far the cost of the Urban Classic hasn’t been put forward, however we’d expect it to remain at around the same affordable price point as the Urban S. no doubt more will be known after the official unveiling in Milan.
A successful launch could stand the company in good stead for 2018. Although Evoke only delivered 120 vehicles in 2016, using Foxconn’s manufacturing expertise it said it expects production of 2,000 in 2017. If the Urban Classic is a hit in the West, that could grow even further.