American motorcycle designer Erik Buell, famed for his eponymous Buell and EBR (Erik Buell Racing) brands, is back in the game after joining forces with New York City based Vanguard Motorcycles and Formula-E racing manufacturer Spark Racing Technology to create the new VanguardSpark electric motorbike company.
VanguardSpark are set to reveal prototypes of two new models later this year, with sketches released to show the general direction they intend to go in.
First up is the ‘Speed Bike’ a pedal assisted e-bicycle that the company says will provide an alternative to mopeds, while the simply titled ‘Speedbike’ concept has much more of a motorcycle look to it. The company claims that the Speedbike is aimed at commuters and will have a range of over 90 miles. The futuristic looks, at least of the concept drawings, hint at a monocoque chassis, sporty wheels and tyres and a saddle that’s definitely designed for one. According to reports coming out of America suggest that the company have four patents pending, so we can expect to see some typical Buell innovation when the prototypes are finally revealed.
VanguardSpark is not the only new electric bike brand to be announced recently. Last month MV Agusta owner Giovanni Castiglione told the media that there was ‘a large potential market’ for battery powered bikes and that the Cagiva brand would be revived as an e-bike maker.
March’s Tokyo Show saw Kymco and Yamaha unveil new electric models of their own, while Harley-Davidson recently announced that it had invested in hardcore off-road electric bike manufacturers Alta, while boutique builder Confederate has confirmed it will be building an all-electric cruiser powered by two motors bought in from Zero.