Published on December 22nd, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin


The eRockit Is An Electric Motorcycle With Bicycle Pedals

This thing is undoubtedly unique but who would drop that kind of money for it?

eRockit AG is a German e-mobility company that makes electric motorcycles. Well, calling them ‘motorcycles’ might be stretching it a bit because unlike any other electric motorcycles or scooters we’ve seen so far, the eRockit (this is the actual name of the product) is equipped with bicycle pedals.

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Like any other electric vehicles, the eRockit runs completely emission-free but the rider would have to use a little bit of muscle power to get it moving. According to the company, the rider will experience “breathtaking acceleration while pedalling with relatively little effort.”

There’s no mention on the 0 to 100 km/h sprint time but the company claims that the eRockit is capable of reaching a top speed of 90 km/h, which is decent for something that is supposed to solve global urban mobility problems.

While it needs a kick in the pedal to start rolling, much of the eRockit’s vigour is actually provided by an air-cooled, brushless permanent magnet synchronous motor a peak output of up to 16 kW (22 hp). The unique drivetrain is clutch-free, so it has very low maintenance requirements and supposedly a long lifespan.

In terms of range, a 6.6 kWh battery delivers 120 km on a single charge. Speaking of charging, the manufacturer says the battery pack can be charged via a normal plug socket but makes no mention of how long it will take to charge from empty to full.

The eRockit may look like a bare-bones electric motorcycle built to encourage EV ownership among urban dwellers but it is not exactly affordable. In Europe, where it is licensed as a light motorcycle (vehicle class L3e), which requires a driving licence of class A, A1 or A2, it is priced at a whopping 11,850 Euros (RM56,275).

Quite steep for a pedal-powered motorcycle, don’t you think? Unless you really, really want a taste of what’s having an EV like, there are many other similarly-priced options out there that we guarantee can put a smile on your face every time your fire up the engine.

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