The Electric vehicle market is slowly but surely shaking off the shackles ugly aesthetics to vehicles and creating vehicles that even gas-lovers envy. Frog Design is bringing its ample experience in the field of motorcycle design to the table with a new concept motorcycle called the eBike 2012.
The no nonsense name of the motorbike doesn’t really do it justice. With the Frog FZ750 Rana in the eighties, Frog had a massive impact on motorbike design. The eBike 2012 continues in this tradition. The most striking feature of the bike is the massive cavity where one expects the gas tank to be. This, and many of the other leaning elements of eBike 2012, is due to cutting out the complex mechanics required for a combustion engine. Why keep this silhouette? The reason was to keep the shape we have gotten used to, not only visually but also physically. The bulge helps riders hug the body when riding at high speeds. The copper coils needed to propel the bike are encased in the hub-less rear wheel, making the transmission of power even more direct. The batteries have been placed at the bottom of the chassis to help lower the center of gravity and thereby improve stability. An unbroken line runs from the rear of the bike to the front and back again, encasing the minimal OLED display panel. All this with fly-by-wire steering, cloud connection and a helmet with heads-up display and retina tracking make a riding experience worthy of the 21st century.
While the eBike is only a concept, the technologies it uses are already available. So the only question left is, when can we get our hands on a working one?