0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, superbike styling, top speed of 180mph and all for less than £8,000. How is that possible?
When your inbox begins filling up with claims of ‘the holy grail of motorcycling’ it’s hard to not maintain a small pinch of cynicism. So earlier this month – when we began to hear reports of a new, UK-based start-up promising a 400 mile range, electric motorcycle – our interest was piqued enough to be curious, but also enough to be cautious.
First, a little bit of context.
At present, the farthest range of a Zero motorcycle is 202 miles, on their Zero SR and that costs €18.590,00 (£15,800). A Tesla Model S 100 D (just announced this month) now reaches 335 miles on a single charge.
Below are the claimed specifications for the Vigo Motorcycle:
|Range||400 miles (640 km)|
Life 250 000 miles (400 000 km)
|Motor Power||90kW (120 horsepower)|
|Acceleration||3.2 seconds to 60 mph (100 kmh)|
|Max Speed||180 mph (290 kmh)|
|Total Weight||350 pounds (160 kg)|
|Estimated Retail Price||£7,999 (9,799 USD)|
|Special Price (for supporters)||£5,999 (7,499 USD)|
Naturally, we had a few questions. With the main one being ‘how can Vigo Motorcycles achieve what all other manufacturers so far have failed to do?’
So, we sent them an email to find out.
Below is their response in full,
Our prototype is still in development. We’ve been working a bit more than a year on driving components and further 4 months for a design only. But because the only difference between good vehicle and an awesome one is its software.
Best Regards, Timothy
Executive at Vigo Motorcycles”
A little basic internet sleuthing reveals that the domain name from which the bike details are hosted, eco-motorcycles.co.uk, was registered on 14th January 2016, so the website itself has been live for just over a year. Aside from the Vigo information pages, the remainder of the website is left for promoting Zero Motorcycles and advertising them as for sale via their website. However, even a cursory glance at Zero’s website shows that there are only four official dealers licensed to distribute and support their machines within the UK; none of which appear to be either named Eco Motorcycles or Vigo.
Vigo Motorcycles Ltd itself as a company was only registered on 3rd January 2017. It has one, sole director, Timofey Sergeev. Their listed address is a ‘virtual office‘ based in the east of London.
No Kickstarter campaign is live at the time of writing, but the pinned post on their Facebook page currently shows over 3,000 shares and over 5,000 likes.
So is the Vigo Motorcycle too good to be true? Only time will tell, but it’s fair to say that the company have a lot to do in order to allay even our simplest of concerns. The old adage of ‘if it seems too good to be true, it usually is’ has stuck around for generations for a reason.
And it will take more than a few computer renders cut and pasted over a forest scene to convince us otherwise.
But then, we’ve been wrong about guessing the outcome of rumours before.