Spotlight on China: Lichi A01 Electric Car


Similar in size and packaging to the Smart EV, the Lichi A01 is powered by a 48V-4.5kw electric motor.
Shandong Lichi New Energy Technology Co., Ltd (from the city of Dezhou in Shandong Province) wanted to build a stylish runabout that competed with the Smart, for much less money.

While other automakers are working with nickle metal hydride or more advanced lithium ion batteries, the Lichi A01 has a lead-acid-gel battery. When fully charged, they claim a range of about 92 miles, if you travel at about 21 mph. Maximum speed is 31 mph.

While these numbers are less than the pricy, larger battery-powered cars, the lightweight (about 1,500 lbs) Lichi A01 costs approximately $7,600. That’s up to 1/3rd the price of some.

There are currently no plans to sell the Lichi A01 outside of China.

Hopefully, Autowerkz.TV will get a chance to sample this adorable electric car in the near future.

BYD Outsells Tesla in the United States

BYD Co., a Chinese EV company that is backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, sells electric heavy duty working vehicles such as forklifts, taxis, buses and trucks. While they have yet to make a Tesla Model S competitor for the North American market, they have a proven track record for solid industrial vehicles. Last year they sold over 100,000 units.

BYD offers a 12-year warranty.

BYD has plans to expand its U.S. production.

BYD employs over 700 U.S. workers and it’s about to open a new Lancaster, California, production facility.

The Autowerkz.TV production unit is very interested in BYD and hopes to spotlight the company before the end of 2017.

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A BYD Co. electronic vehicle (EV) is charged at an EV charging station at the company’s campus in the Pingshan district of Shenzhen, China. BYD wants to make more buses in the US

When President Donald Trump pushed “Made in America” week starting on Monday, Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD might not have been top of mind.

But the Warren Buffett-backed company has its sights set on expanding in the U.S. market with its Lancaster, California, production facility set for completion next month, Stella Li, president of BYD Motors, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday.

The facility, which employs around 700 people, will be able to annually produce 1,500 electric heavy-duty vehicles, such as municipal buses.

Li said BYD was also expanding into new product lines, such as electric refuse trucks and forklifts.

All in, BYD has already given better-known rival Tesla a run for its money: Tesla sold around 76,000 vehicles in 2016, while BYD clocked in more than 100,000 units in sales.

Li said that BYD’s U.S. customer base wasn’t just confined to green-focused California — the city of Denver is among its biggest customers.

“Our customer [base] is expanding into multiple [arenas] from public transit bus to the private one,” she said, noting her company had orders from Facebook, Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco.

Latin America was also a key developing market, she said, with BYD buses widely distributed there.

Li said her company initially faced customer resistance in the U.S. amid concerns that a Chinese company wouldn’t stick around very long.

“Now it’s much easier,” she said, adding that attitudes changed as the company explained it was among the largest battery-makers in the world and could offer a 12-year warranty.

“Then we demonstrate the technology over and over,” she said, noting that there were initial concerns about electric vehicles’ range and performance, but the technology was now mature and accepted.

“Now more people view BYD as a global company,” Li said.


Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co just bought the Terrafugia Flying Car Company

Terrafugia, a startup founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aerospace engineers and MBA students was purchased by  Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. This is the same organization that owns Volvo, part of Proton and a majority of Lotus. Now, with no official announcement (or reason why)  Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co now owns a flying car company.

Keep in mind,  Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co has shown flashes of brilliance with some of their purchases. Buying out Volvo saved the car company and, with judicious investment, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co helped Volvo become one of the best automakers.

You can read the original South China Morning Post story (here).

It stands to reason that Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co has serious plans for Terrafugia. While the Terrafugia company built and successfully flew (what appeared to be) a production-ready flying car, they never met any of their target dates for production. It was beginning to look like Terrafugia was about to go belly up.

Perhaps, like Volvo and Proton, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. sees something in Terrafugia?

Imagine: a flying version of a Lotus (Proton has Lotus) with a Volvo’s interior…

You never know.


Check out the EV3 Doohan SSR iTank Three-Wheeled, Electric Scooter for $2,999

The EV3 Doohan (SSR in the U.S.) iTank is an electric, three-wheeled scooter that promises high performance (0-28 mph in 4.6-seconds) with its 1500w power, 50/50 weight distribution with a low center of gravity, a 70-mile range and removable batteries which can charge from empty to 100% in about 6-hours using 110v.

This is the improved, second generation (2.0) of this German-designed/Chinese-manufactured scooter.

The EV3 Doohan SSR iTank Three-Wheeled, Electric Scooter is available on Amazon for around $2,999.

Many riders tout the EV3 Doohan SSR iTank Three-Wheeled, Electric Scooter as an extremely easy vehicle to ride. While many cities in the United States allow electric scooter riders to ride without a motorcycle endorsement, it’s a good idea to check with your local DMV for any restrictions.

…and check out this video from LUXURY E-BIKES 46 NGUYEN VAN CỪ HN

First Chinese artist ever to create a BMW Art Car [BMW Art Car #18]

Beijing. The future is now: Following the contributions by Jeff Koons and John Baldessari, Cao Fei (b. 1978) is the youngest and first Chinese artist ever to create a BMW Art Car. By employing augmented and virtual reality, the internationally acclaimed Chinese multimedia artist addresses the future of mobility such as autonomous driving, airborne cars and digitalization. In the presence of Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and hundreds of invited guests, the reveal of BMW Art Car #18 was celebrated at the Minsheng Art Museum in Beijing on May 31.

Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG: “We were thrilled by the decision of an independent jury of international museum directors to have nominated Cao Fei. Considered as a lucky number in China, her vehicle is the official 18throlling sculpture of the collection. For her project, Cao Fei chose an unprecedented and immersive approach, empowering the viewer to engage with the artwork through cutting-edge technology. This is truly a BMW Art Car for the 21st century!”

Cao Fei commented upon her BMW Art Car: “To me, light represents thoughts. As the speed of thoughts cannot be measured, the #18 Art Car questions the existence of the boundaries of the human mind. We are entering a new age, where the mind directly controls objects and where thoughts can be transferred, such as unmanned operations and artificial intelligence. Which attitudes and temperaments hold the key to opening the gateway to the new age?”

The BMW Art Car #18 by Cao Fei
Cao Fei’s work is a reflection on the speed of change in China, on tradition and future. With her BMW Art Car project, she delves into a trajectory spanning thousands of years, paying tribute to Asia’s ancient spiritual wisdom as it swiftly spreads out into the third millennium. The multimedia artist approached the BMW Art Car in a way typical for her artistic practice, building a parallel universe. The body of work consists of three different components: a video focusing on a time traveling spiritual practitioner, augmented reality features picturing colorful light particles, accessible via a dedicated app (App Store: keyword “BMW Art Car #18”), and the BMW M6 GT3 racecar in its original carbon black. Paying tribute to the carbon fiber structure of the racecar chassis, Cao Fei’s holistic use of a non-reflective black incorporates the car into the possibilities of the digital world.

Within this concept, Cao Fei’s implementation of video art as well as augmented reality creates an environment of which the M6 GT3 is an essential part. In her video work, the practitioner executes spiritual movements, which echo in colorful streams of light. When the app is used within the premises of the car, these light swishes become an AR installation floating above and around the BMW M6 GT3 – involving the spectator as an interactive agent of participation. This narrative reflects on a traditional spiritual ceremony very common throughout Asia in which new objects such as automobiles are being blessed, in this case wishing good luck to car and driver. On a broader level, the light elements mirror what the eyes cannot see and the mind cannot picture.

During the course of over three years following her announcement, Cao Fei took part in a racing experience with female race driver Cyndie Allemann in Switzerland in 2015. During manifold visits to headquarters, she worked closely with BMW Group’s engineers, designers, and digital specialists. For her research, the artist also went on an extended BMW plant visit to Tiexi.

The Jury
The jury of the 18th BMW Art Car consisted of the following members: Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York); Chris Dercon, then Director, Tate Modern (London); Juan Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City); Gabriele Horn, Director, Berlin Biennale; Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Dr. Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich); Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Gallery (London); Shwetal A. Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India); Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Bisi Silva, Director, The Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos); Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing) and Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).

Joint statement of the international jury on Cao Fei’s BMW Art Car project: “Cao Fei plays with many different dimensions in her artistic practice. In the international art world, she is well known for exploring virtual realities and digital platforms in her works, while eventually bringing her narrative back into the analogue world. We are not surprised that she picked a scenario that is on the one hand imaginary, even fictitious, but then on the other hand very concrete and physical.“

Quotes on the occasion of the World Premiere of BMW Art Car #18
The 18th BMW Art Car was revealed in the presence of Olaf Kastner (President and CEO of BMW Group, China Region), Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director), Augusto Farfus (BMW works driver) and Fan Di’an (President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts).

Olaf Kastner, President and CEO of BMW Group, Region China: “We are proud to present the first BMW Art Car designed by a Chinese artist, Cao Fei, who is also by far the youngest. She is a solid example of BMW Group’s commitment to promote the new emerging generation of Chinese artists. We are not only active in shaping the future of mobility, but also in developing strong social connections with China through cultural engagement initiatives, dating back as early as 11 years ago. China is undergoing huge and rapid developments, especially in the digital landscape. The 18th BMW Art Car pays tribute to the flourishing changes in the Chinese society.”

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “The 18th BMW Art Car is perfectly suited to this era. Cao Fei took the logical step of creating the first ever digital Art Car. The augmented reality experience makes this BMW M6 GT3 unique. For everyone involved at BMW Motorsport it was both exciting and fascinating to work with Cao Fei and her team on this project. This makes 2017 a very special year in the history of BMW Art Cars. First, the BMW M6 GTLM Art Car of John Baldessari took to the track in Daytona, at the end of the season comes Art Car #18 by Cao Fei in Macau. This makes the tradition of BMW Art Cars livelier than ever.”

Augusto Farfus, BMW works driver: “It’s a huge honour for me to race Cao Fei’s BMW Art Car, the 18th member of the BMW Art Car Collection. I’m extremely proud that I get the chance to drive my second Art Car this year. This is absolutely unique for a racing driver. I’m really looking forward to diving deeper into this project and learning more about the artist’s ideas and her philosophy behind it.”

Fan Di’an, President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts: “Cao Fei’s achievement in creating the 18th BMW Art Car through augmented reality as a multimedia installation resonates with the rapid development and huge transformation of China over the past decades, such as globalization, urbanization and digitalization, which drives the flourishing development of contemporary art in China. In the increasingly digitalized world, technology has become an important means for artists to create. I’m delighted to see Chinese artists are at the forefront of digital art.”

The BMW Brilliance Automotive Joint Venture adds a North Section of its Automotive Plant in Dadong Shenyang, China

Munich/Shenyang. BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) today opened the newly-built north section of its automotive plant in Dadong/Shenyang, China. The first long-wheelbase version of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan rolled off the production line during the opening ceremony. The northern extension comprises all production areas of a full plant and boasts a highly-advanced production system with the latest sustainability standards. With its two production locations in Dadong and Tiexi, BBA will have a total annual capacity of up to 450,000 units.

“The Dadong plant demonstrates the success of our joint venture and the BMW 5 Series in China. The extension of the northern section underlines our clear commitment to the Chinese market. BBA has invested a total of one billion euros in the expansion of its Dadong production location over the past three years. The locally-produced BMW 5 Series has been an unmitigated success: It was the top-selling vehicle in the premium segment in China in 2016 and we expect it to remain the leader in its segment,” remarked Dr. Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Finance, at the opening ceremony in China.

“Our production in China is well prepared for further market growth. The new north section is the result of the latest technologies and comprehensive knowledge of the BMW production system,” added Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production. “We will continue to invest in our highly innovative production sites in China. Our next project is already underway: the remodelling of the southern section of Plant Dadong. Once finished, it will give us even greater flexibility and more potential for growth.”

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance; Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production; Olaf Kastner, President and CEO BMW Group Region China; Yumin Qi, Chairman, Brilliance Automotive Group Holdings Co., Ltd.; Xiaoan Wu, Chairman, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd.; Dr. Johann Wieland, President and CEO BMW Brilliance Automotive, China, and local government representatives.

Highly-advanced technology and new sustainability standards

The large-scale expansion of BBA Plant Dadong involves all key technologies – including press plant, body shop, paint shop and assembly – and utilises highly-advanced equipment and the latest in process digitalisation. Using 3D computer simulation, for example, the direct-drive servo press installed in the press plant can process aluminum to an extremely high quality standard. Optical laser scanners then measure the body and verify quality in a matter of seconds.

Another example of Industry 4.0 applications can be found in the networked production system: using the vehicle identification number, the individual components, operations and machines of every BMW 5 Series built in Dadong can be traced. This internet-of-things architecture, combined with automated data analysis, results in greater transparency and higher quality overall. New machines, processes and products can also be integrated faster into ongoing production.

To reduce the workload for production employees, BBA is using innovative exoskeletons worn directly on the body. Like a second skeleton, this structure provides external support for the body and reduces the effort required for physically demanding tasks. Mobile smart devices such as tablets provide employees with precisely the information they need.

A holistic approach, innovative technologies and highly-advanced processes have enabled especially sustainable and environmentally-friendly production in the new section of the plant. Most notably, the paint shop uses 60% less energy and water than it did ten years ago. Wastewater has also been reduced by 50% and volatile organic compounds by no less than 80%. The direct-drive servo press also helps the plant meet its sustainability targets. It uses 44% less energy than a hydraulic press, with a noise reduction of 12 decibels.

Overall, the new northern section will use 30% less energy compared with the production of the previous BMW 5 Series.

BBA President Dr. Johann Wieland emphasized, “BMW Brilliance is recognised as one of the most visionary and successful premium auto makers in China. We are a leading employer, a major contributor to the local economy and a reliable corporate partner.”

The Shenyang production location

The Shenyang location, which comprises the Tiexi and Dadong automotive plants and the engine plant including light-metal foundry, plays an important role in the BMW Group’s global production network. It contributes to the strategy of globally balanced growth, which includes installing production capacity in the respective regional markets.

BBA’s two automotive plants, Tiexi and Dadong, already produce five BMW models. With the expansion of its northern section, the Dadong plant will also have room for a sixth model, the new BMW X3.

BBA production in Shenyang builds vehicles exclusively for the Chinese market. The Dadong plant in the northeast of the city started production in 2004 and produces today the BMW 5 Series Long-Wheelbase Version. The Tiexi plant in the west of Shenyang went on-stream in 2012 and builds the BMW X1 Long-Wheelbase Version (including a plugin-hybrid version), the BMW 1 Series Sedan, the BMW 2 Series Tourer, the BMW 3 Series Long-Wheelbase Version and the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

A key component of the Shenyang location is the engine plant with light-metal foundry – the BMW Group’s only engine production facility outside Europe. The engine plant supplies the two vehicle production sites in Dadong and Tiexi with drive units for locally-produced BMW automobiles. A new high-voltage battery centre, which will assemble high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles, is currently under construction.

China – the largest BMW Group market

In the first four months of 2017, China remained the largest single market for the BMW Group, with a total of 191,697 vehicles sold (+18.2 %). Following the market launch of the BMW 1 Series Sedan, the ramp-up of the new BMW 5 Series Long-Wheelbase Version promises to generate further sales momentum in the second half of the year. 2016 was the first time ever more than half a million BMWs and MINIs were sold in a single year in China (516,355 units, +11.3 %). The BMW Group Chinese sales network comprises more than 470 dealerships.

The BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture

The BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture was founded in 2003 and encompasses production and sales of BMW automobiles in China, as well as local development tasks. The joint venture employs more than 16,000 people, while its supplier network comprises around 350 local suppliers.

In 2014, the BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited extended the contract for their Chinese joint venture early – four years before the current contract expired – thus laying the foundation to deepen further this successful cooperation. The extended contract is valid for ten years (from 2018 to 2028).



With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2016, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.367 million cars and 145,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


Now Accepting First Orders: Volvo Cars Announces Pricing for All-New 2018 XC60

ROCKLEIGH, NJ (May 17, 2017) — Volvo Car USA has released pricing for the highly anticipated all-new 2018 Volvo XC60. The mid-sized luxury SUV will be available with a T5 turbocharged gas engine producing 250 horsepower with all-wheel drive; a T6 turbo and supercharged gas engine producing 316 horsepower with all-wheel drive and a T8 Twin Engine Electric Plug-In Hybrid producing 400 horsepower with electric all-wheel drive. Pricing for the T5 starts at $41,500, the T6 starts at $44,900 and the T8 starts at $52,900.

The 2018 XC60 is the first of the all-new 60 series cars and includes elements of the new Volvo design language. All XC60s will come equipped with a class leading level of standard equipment including a panoramic moonroof, leather seats, Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps, and Apple Carplay / Android Auto integrated into the 9 inch center touch screen.  Optional features such as soft Nappa Leather seats with ventilation and massage, Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound and four-corner air suspension bring a new level of luxury to the mid-sized SUV market.

The XC60 features Lane Keeping Aid standard and will debut with Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which will provide steering input to mitigate head-on collisions. This function will also join the standard Intellisafe City Safety system, which includes pedestrian, cyclist, vehicle and large animal detection with automatic emergency braking. Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) will now use Steer Assist functionality to prevent drivers from changing lanes into other vehicles.

Customers may configure their vehicle online at or order from their local Volvo retailer. The first XC60s are set to arrive in the U.S. this fall.

The 2017 Shanghai Auto Show Demonstrates China’s Automobile Market Continues to Grow

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Exhibition space was fully booked despite expansion

Although the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai) is moving to the new 400,000 square-meter National Center for Exhibition and Convention, exhibition spaces was in demand. From April 20 to 29, 2015, all the big names in the automotive industry will be meeting in Shanghai.

The world’s largest and most quickly-growing automobile market has invited the wholeworld to Shanghai. In 2014, about 18.4 million cars were sold in China, and even greater sales figures are expected for 2015. It’s no wonder that the largest automobile trade fair is also growing. In 2013, 280,000 square meters were available to the exhibitors at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Even though the new venue in the west of the city offers 30 percent more space, it is almost fully booked.

Many returning exhibitors are using the opportunity to expand, but new exhibitors also had the chance to have a presentation area. The new building, which looks like a four-leaf clover from a bird’s-eye view, consists of eight equal-sized halls, most of which are two stories tall. On the ground floor, mostly national and international car manufacturers are presenting their vehicles, while upstairs are suppliers and component manufacturers, like Continental, ZF Friedrichshafen, Magneti Marelli and GKN. Exhibitors from the specialty and luxury vehicle segment are also increasingly represented – a response to the increasing purchasing power of the Chinese.
The halls are high and bright, which in turn offers the exhibitors more area to design and offers the visitor a feeling of spaciousness.

Companies that might be interested in an exhibition space at the last minute can contact the European exhibition partner IMAG – Internationaler Messe- und Austellungsdienst GmbH:

National Exhibition and Convention Center - Shanghai

[National Center for Exhibition and Convention in Shanghai]
Auto Shanghai, China’s largest auto trade show, willl be held for the first time in the 400,000 square-meter National Center for Exhibition and Convention from April 20 to 29, 2015.

Jaguar Land Rover Electrified the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

While the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show was last month, the images and fantastic video keeps coming out.

April, 2017, Shanghai, China: Two ground breaking Jaguar Land Rover vehicles – the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE Concept – have made their Chinese debuts at the Shanghai Motor Show. Both represent major innovations in their segments, sharing a compelling combination of iconic British design and creative engineering.

Adding some star power to the debut of the Range Rover Velar, Scottish singer-songwriter and self-confessed petrol head Amy Macdonald wowed crowds with her hit song This is the Life.

The launch of the new Range Rover Velar begins another new chapter in the Jaguar Land Rover story. It is true to the company’s tradition of engineering integrity, establishing the trends of tomorrow in capability, quality and technology.

Velar will be built exclusively in the UK using Jaguar Land Rover’s leading lightweight aluminium intensive architecture and powered by the latest ultra-clean UK-built Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.

The Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first electric performance SUV Concept, has been engineered without compromise to deliver a brilliant package, long-distance range, fast charging times and exhilarating performance.

Jaguar Land Rover’s joint venture with Chery Automobile Company Ltd continues to grow with plans to increase the capacity of its plant in Changshu by 70,000 vehicles, build a new trim & final shop and expand existing facilities such as the body shop.

The Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery and the Jaguar XF Long wheelbase are all built at its plant in Changshu. More than 100,000 vehicles have been manufactured since the plant opened in 2014 and it employs almost 5,000 people.

Green Speed: Check out the 100% Electric Evoke Urban S Sports Motorcycle

The Evoke Urban S

The ability to simplify stems from perfection. Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Take away your carbon footprint, complexity and risk, and what you’re left with is Evoke’s flagship smart electric motorcycle, the Urban S.

You can see the whole story at Evoke by clicking (here).

Evoke’s Urban S is a European-style, zero emission electric motorcycle. Boasting 200 kilometers of range and impressive acceleration, it is the ideal smart motorcycle to navigate urban settings. It is the first electric motorcycle with precision braking, with both front and rear brakes on the handlebar, tech-enabled accessories,such as built-in navigation, and a clutchless design making it the perfect vehicle for cityscapes and countryside rides alike.


No Clutch, No Gears, All Torque

86lbs/ft of torque redefines acceleration for riders new and old. The Urban S is the first electric motorcycle truly designed for new riders. No training needed.

Li-on Battery

Patented battery design gives the Urban S a city range of 200km on a single charge. Our regenerative braking system is specifically designed for the urban environment.

100% Green Energy

With a fully electric powertrain, the Urban S reduces CO2 emissions by over 90%. The Evoke HomeCharge© kit lets you charge at your convenience.

Precision Braking™

The Evoke Urban S has its rear brake control at the handlebar – not at your foot. Precision Braking gives the experienced rider more control, while the new rider can learn in under ten minutes.

Ownership Costs

With only one moving part and a chainless design, the Urban S drastically reduces all maintenance costs. Plus, never pay for gas again.


Top Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)
Acceleration (0 – 50 km/h) 2.5 seconds
Max power 19 kW
Max torque 86 lb-ft
Motor type 17″ high output hub motor
Controller 400A DC wave controller with regenerative braking
City* 200 km (125 miles)
Highway, 80 km/h (50 mph)* 120 km (75 miles)
Battery type 99.2v, 90ah Lithium Ion Evoke PowerPack
Rated nominal capacity 9.0 kWh
Standard charge time (0-100% DOD, typical) 8 hours
(3 hours with Level 2 charging to 80%)
Front Brakes Dual disc, 4 piston hydraulic 300×4 mm
Rear Brakes Single disc, 2 piston hydraulic 220×4 mm
Front Suspension 42mm inverted fork, dual shock
Rear Suspension Single shock rear
Front Wheel 3.00×17 cast aluminum
Rear Wheel 3.00×17 built-in hub motor
w/ cast aluminum wheel
Front Tire 110/70-17
Rear Tire 140/70-17
Curb Weight 180 kg
Carrying Capacity 150 kg
Wheelbase 1360 mm (54.4 inches)
Length 2030 mm (81.2 inches)
Width (excluding mirrors) 710 mm (28.4 inches)
Seat Height 780 mm (31.2 inches)
Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.2 inches)