Generally speaking, electric superbikes are fairly out there. While Zero and Brammo (now absorbed by Victory) offer mainstream electric options, companies such as Lightning Motorcycles and Energica dial the crazy up a notch to showcase the technology that electric superbikes can offer. And then there’s the Saietta NGS.
While Saietta might sound Italian (it means Thunderbolt in Italy), it’s actually a British firm that’s located in Oxfordshire and one that has long history of developing electric motors and batteries. They’ve stated that with the NGS, they set out to reinvent the electric motorcycle – looking at it you can’t really argue with that. It’s radically different from anything else out there and is actually expected to go on sale within 12 months.
NGS boasts a number of technology firsts including a revolutionary new electric motor, an innovative lightweight and immensely strong structural monocoque, industry-leading battery capacity and range and 3D printing of the body. More specifically, some of those innovations include a load bearing carbon fiber battery compartment and double-wishbone front suspension.
NGS will undergo rigorous engineering testing throughout 2016 including taking part in an extensive race program. First customer bikes will be delivered before the end of 2017 as part of a limited edition of up to 100 bikes priced around £50,000. While what we see here is a prototype and a number of changes will occur before final production, the overall aesthetic will remain.
And while obviously a 100 bikes priced at £50,000 each isn’t going to revolutionize the motorcycle industry, projects like this continue to pave the way for a future where electric motorcycles become commonplace.