BOLD Italian Concept Electric Sport Claims 30-Minute Charge
One of Italy's most famous industrial design studios, Camal, has unveiled a concept electric supersport motorcycle that it says can charge up to 80 percent battery in just 30 minutes.
Camal is perhaps better known for designing insanely beautiful luxury sport cars, but it recently put some of its young designers to the task of creating a motorcycle for future generations. The project was undertaken in conjunction with Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Tacita.
The BOLD concept is built around the frame of a BMW motorcycle (Tacita and Camal don't say which model exactly), which, along with Brembo brakes and upside-down forks, stick to the conventions of what we expect sport motorcycles to be.
Another element of the bike that is perhaps not all that futuristic is its five-speed transmission. That fits with other Tacita bikes; the company says it prefers a "traditional" transmission on electric motorcycles because it allows "the best gear ratio for every situation, reducing the overheating of the engine and the consumption of electricity."
Powered by a 10.6 Kwh battery pack, the BOLD concept is capable of 100 hp. But more impressively, its motor is said to deliver a whopping 115 ft-lb of torque. That latter number, no doubt, is why the BOLD's designers claim it is capable of running from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
The English version of the BOLD press release appears to have simply been run through Google translate, but we think that the claim of "a range of 100 km at speed of real sportive" means the bike can manage roughly 60 miles of very hard riding before running out of juice.
Most impressively perhaps, the BOLD concept can apparently be brought up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes using the combined charging system that is becoming common at European charging stations.
For the most part, however, the BOLD concept appears to be a styling exercise, with most of the press release focusing on aspects such as two-tone paint, plexiglass front fairing and an aluminum tank space that aids in an "aerodynamic fusion between man and the vehicle."
So don't expect to see it showing up in anyone's garage anytime soon.
The look is certainly futuristic, but I can't help spotting a slight similarity to a concept motorcycle that Victory introduced 11 years ago, the Vision 800. It seems the future doesn't change much.