Hang on tight! Voxan’s Wattman electric motorcycle hits 60 in 3.4 seconds

One of the toughest aspects of building a modern electric motorcycle is dealing with weight. While you save a bunch of tonnage by not having a heavy gas engine, that advantage is squarely offset (at present) by the weight of the battery required if you want the thing to cover a respectable distance.

Most electric motorcycle makers like Brammo, Zero and Mission Motors compensate by using lightweight materials and cutting fat wherever they can. Still, the bikes typically end up tipping the scales at 500 pounds or more, usually about 100 pounds more than their gas-powered brethren in the same power class. But French electric motorcycle maker Voxann is taking a different tack with their WATTMAN electric bike, introduced in December at the Paris Motorcycle Show.

Instead of try to pare down the WATTMAN to a svelte fighting weight, Voxan has gone the Honda Goldwing route and embraced its considerable 771-pound bulk while offsetting it with some prodigious power.

While the WATTMAN looks nothing like a Goldwing, its long, low silhouette bears more than passing resemblance to the recently announced gas-powered bikes from Lotus – and the Tron Lightcycles that the Lotus machines also resemble.

Underneath an aluminum exoskeleton, Voxan tucked a 12.8 kWh battery that should power the WATTMAN to an 111-mile range – provided you don’t hammer on it. But that’s like handing Dale Earnhardt Jr. a Corvette and telling him to hypermile it: not going to happen. So when the need for speed arises, the WATTMAN’s 200 horsepower electric motor also packs 147 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to spin the big bike up to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, with 100 mph coming in at just under 6.0 seconds.

Top speed is pegged at a respectable (for a 770-pound electric bike) 106 mph. As is typical with many electric bikes, there’s no gearbox, just a toothed belt from the electric motor connected to the rear wheel’s final drive. The electric motor signs off at 10,500 rpm, according to Voxan.

When it’s time to slow down, Voxan says the whoa comes from a Beringer 4D quad-disc system up front and a single disc out back. Both wheels are made from carbon fiber, so I guess they actually worked hard to keep the WATTMAN under 800 pounds. With its oddly forward-mounted pegs, the riding posture looks to be more upright – like on a Harley – than the racing crouch riders of the Lotus and Tron bikes are required to adopt.

Want one? Voxan says the bikes will only be built to order but no price was made available. Looks like another sad case of “if you have to ask … “


Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…

If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine.

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.
Home Theater

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.

Tesla given go-ahead to start deliveries of Model 3 to Europe

Tesla has been given the green light to start deliveries of its Model 3 electric sedan to Europe, giving it the chance to compete more effectively with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in the region's premium car market.

Royal fans bid big money as Prince Philip ‘car crash parts’ hit eBay

A couple of days after a car crash that involved the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, debris apparently from the scene of the accident showed up on eBay. And people wanted to buy it.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

CERN plans to put the Large Hadron Collider to shame with its proposed much larger Future Circular Collider -- and Elon Musk wants to help. Because, you know, he's not busy enough.
Product Review

The new Ram 1500 blends capability and convenience better than the rest

The Ram isn’t the most powerful, spacious, or affordable of the light-duty, full-size pickup herd, but a modestly equipped version walks all over rivals in terms of ride quality, technology, and cabin comfort.