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Is the 400 mile range Vigo Electric Motorcycle too good to be true?

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)
Battery Capacity 21kWh
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?’

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So, we sent them an email to find out.

Below is their response in full,


“The main reason we’ve published only certain, limited information about the motorcycle because the only our advantage against competitors is a time. Not only consumers is watching us, but competitors as well.
Even though we’re experiencing some skepticism among some people we simply can’t reveal all information until time comes. If some of our competitor knows our technology, with a right investment, it doesn’t take long to copy the product and issue something similar.

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.
We have to spend between 5-9 months to finish the prototype and reveal it to our supporters and investors.
 
The way we’ve achieved our characteristics because we’ve chosen a different approach (not inventive one) but rather exploring – to find an early stage companies who works on potential projects and collaborate with them.
But because we have a very international team initially we were looking globally, we’ve currently combined technological achievements of 5 different countries. I think this is what differs us from our competitors.
 
Our price is low because in order to gain investments, open a production and break even we’ve decided to lower marginal profit within first years to minimum. On top of that our partner is going to produce batteries, so we don’t have to spend a penny to that.
Furthermore we’re also have to cut expensive components as brakes, suspension, tires (good one, but with a lower price range).
 
So our aim right know is to gain enough interest among future costumers. Gain enough supporters to back up our Kickstarter complain to help us to finish the prototype. This is the main reason we went public so early.
Assuming that you work for motorcycle magazine we have an offer to you. If you tell your readers about our project – you’ll be among the first to review our prototype as soon as it’s ready of course.
 
If you have any more questions, please, do not hesitate to ask them.

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.

21 Comments

21 Comments

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    Stumpy Leech

    January 29, 2017 at 11:50

    @ZeroMC I am sceptical but hopeful. If it comes to fruition then I’ll be happy to test ride and buy… https://t.co/jjX1VZYRXD

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    bouncerbeater

    January 29, 2017 at 11:57

    @ZeroMC sign me up if it’s true. Especially price

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    Mcclenp99

    January 29, 2017 at 13:20

    @ZeroMC looks great too.

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    Lorcan Parnell

    January 29, 2017 at 13:23

    @ZeroMC anyone can build an electric motorcycle. It’s the battery technology and how the electricity is generated that’s key.

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    Chris Stevens

    January 29, 2017 at 13:28

    Yes, yes it is..

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    Cornish

    January 29, 2017 at 14:15

    @ZeroMC I’m still sceptical of the claims, once I see the running and achieving this then I’ll invest, not from a render

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    Paul D.

    January 29, 2017 at 15:07

    @ZeroMC
    (Panto style): “Oh yes it is ! “

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    MotoFire

    January 29, 2017 at 20:26

    Haha we hope not

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    Chris Stevens

    January 29, 2017 at 20:27

    All sounds a bit circuit of Wales/rainpal to me. :)

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    MotoFire

    January 29, 2017 at 20:28

    Chris Stevens haha indeed. The figures are way beyond the current reach. We’d all love it to be true though

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    Marc

    January 29, 2017 at 20:38

    @ZeroMC And now iv lost interest in bikes

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    Claude Schmidt

    January 29, 2017 at 20:40

    @ZeroMC Now, you’re talking! Make it happen….

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    Dennis

    January 30, 2017 at 17:55

    If it’s got a plug socket on it for my disc cutter, I could chop it in that lovely field they pretend it’s parked in front of.

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    Ralf

    January 31, 2017 at 07:28

    It may be technically possible but is think they missed as zero in the price tag.

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    Konstantinos Gkazis

    February 1, 2017 at 05:39

    their claims are so obviously fake that I am thinking of reporting them to the police for online fraud.

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    Andrew MacLean

    February 20, 2017 at 16:10

    The battery pack is obviously manufactured from unobtanium with dilithium crystals, perhaps with regenerative braking and a flux-capacitor?

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    DHZ

    June 10, 2017 at 18:11

    Now posted on the Vigo facebook page this statement
    “Dear followers,
    Perhaps, all of you have seen that so far our Indiegogo campaign gained only 8 percent of required capital. Although, our initial aim was to start our venture with a powerful, featured sport-bike, such shortage of capital renders the task of its further development almost impossible. Therefore it would be very irrational for us to take responsibility to carry out obligation towards backers with this amount of capital.

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    Jacques Strap

    June 11, 2017 at 15:30

    Not impressed with their grammar lol

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    Dan Parsons

    August 27, 2017 at 19:13

    A 10kwh zero motorcycle will do about 70mph for an hour, so 70miles range. 80 percent or more of that power goes to fighting wind resistance. So unless you bend the forces of nature a 20kwh battery will roughly double that to 140 miles (disregarding extra weight). Theres very little gains to be made with standard position motorcycles in the aerodynamics area. Nothing adds up.

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    Will Davis

    September 29, 2017 at 13:58

    How does how the electricity is generated matter? Even if it’s from coal it’s still cleaner than a petrol bike. You can read all the surveys and ‘reports’ that claim otherwise but they’re nonsense. A little deeper research reveals the truth.

    Building a motorcycle isn’t as easy as you make it sound. Electric is in many ways harder to build as parts are more niche and you have a harder time juggling weight-to-range and sourcing the right cells and containment format for the battery. Expertise is also more limited in the field as unlike petrol bikes they’re still a recent thing.

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    Steve Hall

    April 30, 2019 at 13:20

    Sound great. I’d guess their biggest challenge would be working on their English.

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