China-based CF Moto unveiled a new EV sub-brand ‘zeeho’, with a new electric scooter concept. The new scooter, named ‘Cyber’ is the new brand’s first offering. It will enter production before mid-2021. The scooter concept is a stylish vehicle with a sleek design.
Electric Scooter Concept Exterior
The front features an LED headlamp, flanked by two wings like light strips on each side. The front looks sporty and slim. The side design is sporty as well. The fairing is inclined sharply backwards. The tail-lamps integrates into impracticality placed pillion grab rails. The seat is smaller, and the floorboard does not have a lot of space. At the rear, there is a sharp and minimalist tail section.
Electric Scooter Concept Powertrain
A 4 kWh Lithium-ion battery paired to a 10kWh electric power the Zeeho Cyber electric scooter concept. The water-cooled, 1D-67 rated motor delivers a power of 13.4 HP and 213 Nm of peak torque.
The electric scooter concept offers three driving modes- Eco, Street, and Sport. The electric scooter concept has the capacity to reach 50kmph from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds in the sport mode. The top speed in sport mode is 110 kmph. As per the New European Driving cycle, the maximum range is 130 kmph. It can be charged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes using a fast charge.
The battery pack has a lifespan of 2,500 cycles, according to the company’s claims. This roughly translates to almost 3 lakh km or 8 years of normal usage. The battery can operate between -20oC and 55oC. Therefore it suitable for use in most countries. The Zeeho Cyber also offers a lot of impressive features it. The features include a tablet-like digital instrument cluster, Wi-Fi, GPS, etc., and even a 360-degree camera.
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CF Moto stated that the Zeeho Cyber is a vehicle “manufactured with the same high-tech processes as used by KTM,”. This isn’t too surprising as the two companies are operating under a joint-venture in China. Zeeho has three more products in the line-up– two electric scooter concept and an electric motorcycle.
How Do Electric Motorcycles Work?
An electric motorcycle works the same way a gas-powered motorcycle works. An engine propels the machine, and that engine requires fuel. The main difference is either batteries or fuel cells in an electric version replace the fuel in a conventional motorcycle. The engine is usually the size of an alternator. The engine mounts low on the chassis just in front of the rear wheel. A chain and sprocket connect the motor directly to the rear wheel.
Depending on the type of battery used, battery life can range between 1.5 to 10 years. The different types of batteries are Lithium-Ion, Lithium, Lithium Phosphate, Lithium-Ion Phosphate, Lead Acid and Nickel Metal Hydride. One of the greatest disadvantages is the range between charges most electric motorcycles now can travel a range of 40 miles to 100 miles between charges. Ranging from the battery is another disadvantage. It will take a minimum of 2-3 hours. Electric motorcycles have many advantages. They are cleaner, quieter, cheaper and easier to maintain.
Other CF Motorbikes
Four CF motorbike models are available in India, the 300NK, 650NK, 650MT and the 650GT. Bangalore based AWM motorcycle assembled CF Motorbikes for the Indian market.
CF Moto 300 NK: TheMoto 300NK has an eye-catching pose with a radical but styling. The styling is quite familiar. Few elements remind of some manufacturers’ signature styling. A sharp, well-detailed headlamp sits on the top of a beefy USD fork. A tiny fly-screen guards the display and offers more protection to the wiring than aerodynamics.
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CF Moto’s attention to detailing is clearly visible from the lines that project onto the butch and shredded fuel-tank from the headlamp unit. The largest part of the tank proudly displays the “NK” logo. The star-pattern alloy wheels have the same colour as the graphics. Overall, the build quality and fit-and-finish are good. There is no instrument cluster. A light-sensitive colour TFT display surrounded by tell-tale lights shows the required information to the rider. The TFT display is difficult to read in the sunlight.
The best part of the bike is its engine. It comes with a 292 4-cc, four-valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder unit. This engine produces 28 hp at 8800 rpm and a peak torque of 25Nm at 7200 rpm. This motorcycle can pull itself cleanly from 45 kmph at 3000rpm in top gear because of its short gearing and low-end grunt. A USD fork handles the front suspension while a monoshock handles the rear suspension. The braking system managed by J.Juan callipers bite into single discs with the safety of dual-channel ABS. The price of 300 NK is Rs.2.29 lakh, and it rivals Honda CB300R and the KTM 250 Duke.
CF Moto 650 K: The 650 K comes with a neatly packaged649 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected parallel-twin built in-house motor. It pairs with a 6-speed gearbox. It is a middle-weight naked street bike with a minimalistic look. The sharp and edgy lines in the design give it an aggressive look. 650 K has a muscular fuel tank and edgy extensions with the brand logo. It has a wide single-piece handlebar, split-seats and rear-set footpegs. It also offers a host of features like an LED headlamp, tail lamp and a fully-digital instrument console.
The KYB telescopic forks handle the front suspension, and a swingarm-mounted mono-shock handles the rear suspension. It has five-spoke 17-inch alloys with road-biased tyres. A pair of discs deal with the front braking, and it has dual-channel ABSas well.
CF Moto 650 MT: 650 MT is a road-based adventurer tourer launched in 2019 in India. The design of the bike looks modern and futuristic. Austria based Kiska designed 650MT. Some visual aspects of 650MT remind of KTM motorcycles. The vertically stacked headlights with the tall LED strips on either side make for a distinct appearance. The windscreen floats above the fairing give a premium appearance. The screen can be height adjusted manually, but the quality and the finish of the components are below par. The fairing and engine protection guard look bulky. Otherwise, it is a compact bike from the rear, making it suitable for short riders. The instrument cluster offers a lot of information, but it isn’t easy to read on the go.
The bike uses a motor based on the Kawasaki motor. The 649 cc, the liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine offers 73 PS and 60 Nm of peak torque. The engine mates to a six-speed gearbox. The fuel efficiency of the bike is 24.06 kmpl. A set of fat upside-down forks and an offset monoshock handles thefront and rear suspension. The Ex-showroom price of 650MT is Rs. 4.99 lakh.
CF Moto 650 GT: The CF Moto 650 GT is a Chinese company that manufactured a flagship motorcycle. The CF Moto 650 GT is a sports tourer. It shares the same 649.3cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine with the 650 MT and 650 NK. The 650 GT’s engine delivers 62 bhp of power and 58.5 Nm of peak torque. The bike gets plenty of features like LED headlamps, LED turn indicators and an LED tail lamp. It also has a large digital screen. It comes with safety features like dual-channel ABS as standard fitment.
Riding long distances in 650 GT is easy because of the manually adjustable screen and comfortable seat height. The five-inch TFT screen has two modes. It comes with auto-dimming that makes it easy to read in the day and at night. It has back-lit switches, two USB ports and a 12-volt charger.
The chassis is tubular steel, diamond frame. The chassis comes with a conventional telescopic KYB front fork and preload-adjustable mono-shock. It has a 19-litre fuel tank capacity. The curb weight and ground clearance are 226 kg and150 mm. A 300 mm twin discs on the front wheel, and a 240 mm single disc on the rear wheel handles the braking duties. The expected price of the bike is Rs. 5.5 lakh.