Coventry, United Kingdom
Will Stirrup and Seb Inglis-Jones, founders of Coventry-based motorcycle company Maeving, have designed Maeving RM1, a retro-styled e-motorcycle equivalent to a 125cc petrol-powered motorcycle.
It weighs just 95kg, which is relatively light given its battery, and delivers a top speed of 45mph.
Maeving RM1 does not run fast but it is not designed for speed, and to underline that point Maeving even offers a cheaper 28mph version of the bike.
RM1’s 57.4-volt battery pack is located in the middle of its frame and weighs 10 kg.
The range comes in at 40 miles, but this can be increased to 80 miles if you add an additional battery, which slides nicely inside the mock fuel tank on top of the bike.
the user can remove the battery sliding it out the side of the bike and can be plugged into any domestic socket to be charged up, eliminating any reliance on the public charging network.
The inspiration for creating a high-quality removable battery came from the founders’ visit to China where “20 million electric vehicles that have removable batteries are sold every year.”
“We went there and looked at pretty much every manufacturer and just discovered nothing was the right level of quality. If someone is buying something electric they are partly doing it for sustainability reasons so you need to create a battery that is going to last a long time,” explains Will Stirrup.
“The removable battery is such a good concept, but in China it wasn’t being done in the right way for the European consumer. That’s when we decided to take the concept, take a group of engineers from Triumph, design and make it in the UK and make sure it is built to last.”
Maeving RM1 has a vintage look, inspired by the turn of the century, with the close-fitting mudguards, wire wheels, and classy brown leather seat harking to motorcycles like the Indian Board Track racer.
Project: Maeving RM1
Lead Designers: Will Stirrup and Seb Inglis-Jones
Photographs Courtesy of Maeving