What goes 0-60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds and is powered by lithium-ion batteries? If you guessed a remote-controlled car, you’d be wrong.
Instead, it’s the Saietta R, a “next generation electric urban sport motorcycle” made by Agility. Saietta means ‘thunderbolt’ in Apennine Italian, and the name is quite fitting seeing as how this electric motorcycle can reach a top speed of 80 MPH. It has a 112 mile range in the city – including a 12 mile reserve – and 58 miles at speed on the highway, meaning that most anyone could use it for commuting without needing to charge up until the end of the day at home.
The best part? The company estimates that it will cost owners just $.73 for every 100 miles of riding distance. That’s an amazing figure. If you were to drive 7,000 miles per year on this bike, it would only cost you $51. $51 in transportation costs. Astounding.
Check out a video of the Saietta:
Is the Saietta R as pretty as some gas-powered brethren? Personally, I don’t think so. Some current bikes look amazing and are rather cheap to buy and operate. I believe this one still has some growing up to do in order to be fully embraced by the motorcycle and scooter community. In addition, at £13,975 (over $22,000 USD) the Saietta R is not cheap. But sometimes, future technology is expensive at first and with mass adoption and improvements prices come down rapidly. With a few design tweaks and a lower price point, we could be seeing a lot of Saiettas on the road.
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