When switched to sport mode, the 140-pound M-1 can reach a top speed of 40 mph; however, the company advises this is for “off-road” enthusiasts only. When cruising in economy mode down a bicycle path, the M-1 can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge without pedaling. City biking gets 30-35 miles to a charge. Regenerative braking can extend range and increase efficiency, and the bike can be fully charged in five hours from a wall outlet using the smart charger.
Besides the obvious beneficial environmental impact of being fully electric and thus zero emissions, according to the company the M-1 uses the most environmentally-friendly lithium chemistry available. The batteries are also 100 percent recyclable.
With Tech Crunch calling Bolt “the Tesla of electric motorbikes,” there is a justified buzz surrounding the M-1. Will the M-1 turn into the Model S of electric motorbikes or become the EV1 of e-bikes? In a city as hilly as San Francisco, throttling up those steep streets could certainly appeal to hard-pedaling bike commuters.
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