Airbus Launches E-Motorbike – Light Rider
European aeronautic giant Airbus launches the “Light Rider” in Germany. It is an electric motorcycle made from a material named “Scalmalloy,” a custom aluminum alloy powder which has almost the specific strength of titanium. Airbus subsidiary APworks uses it to build incredible structures by fusing thin layers of the material together.The “Light Rider” weighs 77 pounds ie 35kgs and achieve speeds around 50 mph or 80 kph and runs from 0-45 km/h in 3 seconds. The company claims that such a frame could not be achieved with conventional production technologies such as milling or welding.The use of 3D Printing Technology has made it achieve the frame to weigh just 13 pound which is almost 30 percent less than conventional e-motorbikes.It certainly does not fall in the superbike category, yet is a lightweight, street-legal bike which has no competition around it. The price of each of these bikes is $56,100 for the first 50 the company is planning to build. Mass production is not in the plans as of now but maybe in the near future, we can see them being produced for the masses. Presently Apworks is accepting $2,200 as booking deposits.