Electric motorbike launched in Adelaide
Written by engage on September 6, 2019
Last week the electric vehicle community expanded with the arrival of Fonzarelli’s NKD – Australia’s first locally designed, manufactured and retail-ready emission-free motorbike.
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The NKD was launched in Adelaide – renowned for its commitment to electric vehicle infrastructure – alongside what is thought to be not just South Australia’s, but also Australia’s first dedicated two-wheel charging station at The Motorcycle Society (7am @ 258 Pulteney St, Adelaide).
Fonzarelli, while Sydney-based, will manufacture both the charging stations and the NKD in South Australia due to the high level of mechanical and technical talent in the region.
“Following a decade of sustained success with our design award-winning electric scooter range, we’re pumped to present Australia’s first retailed electric motorbike,” say Fonzarelli Founder, Michelle Nazzari.
“While other prototypes have been floated, this vehicle is now available for order through Fonzarelli retailers.”
Nazzari says the NKD goes beyond great commuter congestion and environmental credentials and will also deliver high-octane fun in your spare time.
NKD’s highly efficient mid-drive motor is a permanent magnet brushless format that produces 9.6kW of instantaneous power and an explosive torque of 56 Nm. The electric dual-sport mini- motorcycle has a range of up to 120 kms (dependent on battery size selected) and can produce 6000 RPM and a top speed of 100 km/h.
“It’s for those who can appreciate power in a silent format, are keen to slice through city traffic and also see two wheels as the ticket to adventure – not just getting from A to B. Its performance makes it the perfect off-road toy. It’s a load of fun.”
Nazzari says the only glaring challenge facing two-wheel electric vehicle users is the distinct lack of dedicated charging stations – particularly in major cities and regional hubs.
This is an issue Fonzarelli has decided to address directly, collaborating with Simon Modra, who is an architect, café owner, motorcycle enthusiast and Future Submarine design researcher at the University of South Australia, to create a unit of straight-forward tech, which can easily be rolled out at scale.
Modra, who is also a counsellor for The Design Institute of Australia is hosting the first two-wheel dedicated charging station outside his café, The Motorcycle Society, says it makes savvy planning sense.
“Think of all those spaces Australia’s bigger cities could be looking to fill with two-wheel charging stations instead of just looking to convert car parks. There’s a desire for more two-wheel options and the infrastructure needs to follow that demand,” he says.
Two wheel stations would also reduce the need for electric scooter and motorbike riders to carry adapters with them, which are then at risk of theft.
Australian Electrical Vehicle Association (AEVA) South Australian Branch Chair, Sally Knight, agrees.
‘Two-wheeled electric options take up less space on our roads, so we’d like to see more dedicated charging stations for these vehicles to encourage more people to consider compact EVs. Car- parking buildings, shopping complexes and even businesses lining major arterial routes could offer charging stations – and this is a service they could feasibly charge for.”
MORE ABOUT THE FONZARELLI NKD
In keeping with Fonzarelli’s design credentials – which recently earned its top-of-the-line scooter, the X1, a Good Design Award – the NKD offers premium detailing and clever tech integration. Using a standard 240W plug and a Panasonic Lithium-Ion 3.5kWh inbuilt battery, it has an on-board charger and optional portable charger.
“The bike has many customisation options, and riders can select add-ons like a stylish hand-stitched honeycomb saddle in Lambo-style Alcantara suede, a USB port for charging devices on the go, integrated LED headlamp, tail-lamp and bar-end turn signals, LCD dash screen, and dual sport off-road knobby Pirelli tyres,” says Nazzari.
The Fonzarelli NKD bike is made to order. Base model pricing starts from $9,990AUD and early adopters will be able to have their bikes ready for summer.