YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For many, the very thought of riding a motorcycle is a bit daunting. An electric motorcycle could give potential consumers extra pause, as the market for electric vehicles across the country is still in its infancy.
But a Cleveland-based startup might just have the very product to win over those who hesitate.
Land Energy has developed an electric two-wheeler that, at the touch of a button, can switch from an electric bicycle to a slightly faster moped, or an electric motorcycle that can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
“We are truly consumer first,” says Scott Colosimo, CEO. “A lot of people want to ride but are afraid to ride because the bikes are so big.”
Land Energy’s bike, the District, weighs less than 200 pounds and comes equipped with three rider-friendly modes, says Colosimo. With touch on a small screen, the rider can set the lightweight electric vehicle to mode one – essentially an e-bike with a top speed of 22 miles per hour. Mode two allows speeds of up to 37 miles per hour with twice the power, about the same as a moped. Mode three gives the rider the option to switch to an electric motorcycle.
The aim is to attract more consumers to e-mobility, explains Colosimo. “We created a platform that inspires people to cycle,” he says. For example, if a novice cyclist enjoys the e-bike mode and is considering a faster bike in the future, all they need to do is change the mode on the District.
“Instead of having to buy another faster model, all you have to do is pick up the speed,” says Colosimo. “There is little barrier to entry.”
The bike is fully electric and comes with three battery configurations, says senior adviser Chuck Mozingo. “You can go about 40 miles on the smaller battery,” he says. An intermediate version requires two small batteries that provide enough power to travel 80 miles on one charge, while a single megawatt pack provides 100 miles of range.
“The typical biker is not our target audience,” says Mozingo. “People want to jump on it, feel safe and realize it’s as easy as riding a bike. It’s a fantastic experience.
Versions range in price from $7,200 to $12,000, Mozingo says.
Land Energy’s e-bike is powered by easy-to-swap portable batteries, says Colosimo. Packs can also be used for other purposes, such as backup units for your home or to power other electronics in remote locations. These packs can be recharged from a standard household outlet.
“What we really do is inspire people to become energy independent,” says Colosimo. “There is going to be a massive transition from gas to electricity and the light electric vehicle and distributed power markets are two fast growing markets. We are at the center of both.
Pictured: Scott Colosimo showed off his bike April 13 during the EV conference at Kent State University.