San Francisco-based startup Lit Motors set automotive subcultures ablaze when it revealed the C-1 idea in 2011. Claiming all the advantages of a motorbike with all of the comfort of a automotive—and not one of the drawbacks of both—the self-balancing, enclosed two-wheeler swiftly attracted the eye of mainstream media such because the New York Instances and Wired.
These platforms bolstered Lit Motors to open pre-orders for the $24,000 C-1 in 2015. When the manufacturing mannequin nonetheless didn’t floor after two years, although, the corporate closed bookings and reimbursed prospects. Lit Motors CEO Danny Kim didn’t let that failed launch deter him from bringing his autonomous-balancing electrical automobile (AEV) to the market, nonetheless.
After a prolonged hiatus, the startup lately re-opened bookings for the C-1. This time round, the mannequin carries a $32,000 price ticket. To safe a pre-order unit, prospects should fork over $250. That reservation charge additionally covers an AEV Queue t-shirt and certificates.
Just like a crowdfunding marketing campaign, Lit Motors will depend on the primary 10,000 bookings to provoke the manufacturing course of. The agency plans to supply the primary 10,000 models by 2026 and the subsequent 100,000 examples between 2027 and 2031. That will appear to be a heavy carry for such a distinct segment model, particularly when Lit goes mild on the automobile particulars.
To this point, we all know the C-1 employs a double gyroscope to optimize stability. Lit additionally outfits the AEV with a 13-kWh battery that yields 150-220 miles on a single cost. Relying on whether or not the consumer makes use of a 220V or 110V outlet, the mannequin requires 4-8 hours to totally recharge. Lit might not disclose the specs of the C-1’s mid-mounted motor, but it surely claims that the unit propels the two-wheeler to a five-second 0-60mph time and a high pace of over 100 mph.
Judging by the mannequin webpage, we additionally anticipate the C-1 that includes drive-by-wire steering and side-curtain airbags. Whereas Lit Motors struggled to return up to now, there’s a protracted highway forward earlier than it lastly will get the C-1 on the highway.