• The Novus is a very tidy and interesting little bike, a lightweight, narrow, hollow-bodied city commuter with thin tires and ultra-modern styling. • Weighing a ludicrous 85 lbs (38.5 kg), with a 14-peak-kilowatt (18.7 horsepower). • Rear hub drive putting out a claimed 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque, it should zip around fairly quickly up to its top speed of 60 mph (98 km/h). • The nominal power is 6.2 kilowatts, or 8.3 horses. So we ain't talking about a powerhouse here. • Charge time around an hour for a 0-80 percent top-up, it makes for a seriously stylish.
Electric motorbike is a head-turner and Novus makes no secret of the bikes electric nature – where the motor and tank would normally be on a conventional motorbike, there is air here. The extraordinary carbon monocoque-frame serves the dual function of being both an exoskeleton and the body of the bike. The material is lighter and more rigid than conventional steel or aluminium frames.
The electric motorbike is powered by a 14.4 kWh purpose-built lithium-ion battery that is centred low in the frame for easy handling and balance. The makers claim that the battery can recharge up to 80 per cent within an hour, while giving the Novus a maximum range of around 100 km. That corresponds to three hours of travel time in urban traffic.
Bike has a top speed
The electric motor is integrated as well and sits inside the rear wheel rather than the frame. The bike has a top speed of 97 kph, which doesn’t make it a particularly fast bike, but the very light weight of 39 kilos certainly make it manoeuvrable.
Motor has a torque
The makers claim that the motor has a torque of 200 Nm, although reviewers doubt this value since the Curtiss Zeus has a more powerful motor at 149 kW and claims 25 per cent less torque, meaning that the Novus would have to be quite extraordinary in this regard.
lbs (38.5 kg)|
(18.7 horsepower) |
Nm (147.5 lb-ft) |
has a top speed||Of
60 mph / 100 kph |