Mankame EP-1 electric superbike’s 500 km range is more than any other battery powered 2-wheeler.
Mankame Automotive, a Hubli-based startup is planning to make its foray into the Indian 2-wheeler industry with an electric superbike called the EP-1. The company is set to start a crowdfunding campaign on the 1st of July, post which it will start building a prototype and test it thoroughly. Deliveries of the EV are expected sometime in 2022.
The Mankame EP-1 will draw power from an electric motor with an 18.4 kWh battery that is capable of producing 54 HP at 8000 RPM. The EV promises a range of 500 kms which is much more than any other battery powered 2-wheeler and the top speed is rated at 250 km/hr. The claimed numbers may sound too much but the electric power could make the numbers work since the battery is a liquid-cooled unit made of high-density Samsung cells, controlled by an advanced management system which is developed in-house. The claimed numbers have been arrived at after some virtual testing in the lab, by simulating real-world conditions in computer models. Theoretically, the EV can deliver a 500 kms range at an average speed of 82.5 km/hr.
Built around a steel trellis frame, the EP-1 uses fully adjustable inverted forks from Ohlins for the front suspension while the rear gets a Showa monoshock as standard, an Ohlins TTX shock is available as an optional extra, though. Braking is via twin 320 mm discs at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. The power pack weighs about 80 kgs bringing the total weight of the bike to 180 kgs. The company will fit the EP-1 with its own proprietary software for the ABS and traction control systems.
– EP-1 is an electric superbike capable of delivering 500 kms range
– To get superior hardware, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes
– Will be made in India by a team of engineers
– Makes 54 HP of power via an 18.4 kWh battery