Evolve Motorcycles may very well be the youngest company at the Milan International Motorcycle Show (EICMA) this week, but its booth is getting outsized attention from the gathered throngs. Why? We'll give you a hint. It has a pair of 32-inch hub-less wheels with strips of OLED light tape that carve their way down its length and encircles those magic-looking hoops.

Evolve Xenon electric motorcycle is a replica of thet light cycle in the movie TronYes, they have the Tron Lightcycle replica that was created by their associates, Parker Brothers Choppers, and it is in their booth not just because they were responsible for its electric drivetrain and integration. Now dubbed Xenon – every Evolve model shares its name with an element – this $50,000 futuristic flight of light-bike fancy will now occupy a spot at the top of a growing lineup that currently consists of a trio of nice, moderately-priced scooters.

As we mentioned in our pre-show post, Evolve also brought with them something more conventional (and more rideable) than the movie-inspired machine. Lithium is a streetfighter concept, also put together for them by Parker Brothers Choppers, meant to show how an electric powertrain can be integrated into a modern design that doesn't alienate traditional riders.

Though labeled a concept, the brand will be officially adding it to its range in the near future. With its 40 kW (54 horsepower) motor, the Lithium is capable of hitting the ton (100 miles per hour) and easily exploring 100 miles of asphalt before needing a charge. When it does go on sale, the price tag on this lattice-framed beauty with super-efficient quad LED headlights should be in the neighborhood of $20,000.


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      karlInSanDiego
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lithium looks great. Certainly comparable to the Brammo Empulse which purports to do the same stats for $14k, but alas hasn't shipped any units yet. So let's not assume any real prices until they are rolling off dealer's floors. I'm excited that two companies have been brave enough to build bikes that resemble the supersports I love to ride. Let's face it, starting a car company is REALLY FREAKING HARD. Starting a bike company can be markedly easier as much of what's on modern bikes are branded parts from other manufacturers. Doesn't mean you don't need a factory and lots of hard work, but compared to scary scenerio that Fisker and Tesla are up against creating full assembly lines building cars, bikes seem to me to be an easier industry niche to crack first.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        Yup.. the smaller the scale, the more appealing electric drive is right now. Lithium batteries are shrinking and getting lighter.. with more leaps and bounds of improvement on the horizon. Electric has taken over the RC world, which was formerly dominated by gas/nitro. Electric is completing it's dominance over electric bicycles. It's juust making it's way into boats, now motorcycles and scooters. Cars will take a while, yes... but Tesla and Nissan have both made a pretty damn good start.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before saying, "it's too expensive" - look at what Harley's cost (and Gold Wings, for that matter), and, with a 100 mile range, it really is not bad. $20K for an around town vehicle, or $40K (yes I am ignoring rebates, subsidies, tax breaks) for the Leaf. 2Wheel Approved.... O---O
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The Leaf is $35K before tax-credit. The Volt (with a gas engine for extended range) is $40K.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        You can pick up a 2012 Zero DS for $11.5k now. That's a bit cheaper no? :) I know the guy who designed the battery for it. It's quite an impressive machine. Not the same range tho..
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Electric is completing it's dominance over electric bicycles." Uh, yes! :-) But I have concerns about a 60 pound bicycle when I often take mine on trains and subways.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice looking bike! I think the electric bike makers are showing much more style and individuality than the car makers. I realize the car companies have a number of regs they have to abide by, but kudos to the bike builders.
      Edge
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW, that Lithium model, is the most beautiful bike I have ever seen. I wish I could afford it.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is the kW/h per mile?
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        It depends on what speed you go at... However, the capacity of the battery pack is missing. And the voltage of the pack I could guess that the 100mile range is driving a steady 55mph. I would also guess that they have between 5-8kWh of battery power, so it would be 50-80 Watts per mile...
          Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          So that would be about a 10kW pack (Amazing they can fit that much on a motorcycle). So 10,000 Watts/100 miles is ~100 Watts per mile in ideal conditions. Then again, you still don't want to use more than 80% of your pack... It is an important number.
          throwback
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          I'm guessing the 100 mile range is at speeds well below 55. Probably city speeds, under 35 mph.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          So with an optimistic 1kW/h per 100 miles, we're looking at what mpgge?
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          battery 96v – 110ah LiFe PO4
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