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Develop Australia’s first high performance electric motorcycle

Project description and overview:

Savic Motorcycles will develop the first Australian designed, assembled, and tested high performance battery electric motorcycle to roadworthy certification.  

Transport emissions represent 17% of all emissions and are growing commensurate with population growth and economic activity. CO2 emissions from passenger road transport in 2020 was estimated to be 3.64 Gigatons which is 16% higher than 2010. Although efficiency improvements to the internal combustion engine and emission scrubbing technologies have reduced vehicle emissions per kilometre travelled, this is easily outweighed by the growth in vehicle sales. Industry change depends on vehicle fleet turnover and removal of aging vehicles with lower engine efficiency and higher emissions output.

Consumer take-up of electric vehicles, and two-wheeled battery electric vehicles has been slow. This is due to the high costs, perceptions of poor performance, lack of non-home and fast charging infrastructure, design aesthetics and limited choice.

Savic Motorcycles will develop a range of affordable electric motorcycles with the following features to address the challenges that consumers face:

  • Low cost of purchase than comparable existing electric motorcycles
  • Comparable performance and range to offshore electric motorcycles
  • Fast charging
  • Improved sleek aerodynamic design
  • No tailpipe emissions
  • Technology deploying a proprietary cloud based connected vehicle platform, and dashboard instrumentation, to enable in-depth vehicle usage insight
  • Different styles and design options
  • Recyclable components

The Savic motorcycle uses a proprietary modular low-cost development platform, battery pack, powertrain, and IoT enabled vehicle on-board sensor and dashboard system to deliver an affordable emissions-free aesthetically designed product for the market which will include custom colour options.

Savic Motorcycles is the only Australian manufacturer of battery electric motorcycles. This project will help to develop an Australian locally manufactured supply chain for key component subsystems needed for the Savic development platform.

EXPECTED IMPACT

  • Increased collaboration with other manufacturers
  • Increased spending on R&D
  • Increased information and communication technology (ICT) intensity
  • Larger patent portfolio
  • Increased levels of automation
  • Greater capital intensity
  • Greater share of services in total revenue
  • Larger geographical reach

EXPECTED GROWTH

  • Savic Motorcycless forecast $55M in revenue over 5 years

EXPECTED JOBS

  • This project is projected create an additional 27 jobs during the project and one year after project completion
Contributions:

Government Funds: $657,481 | Industry: $657,481

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