Voxan Brand Reborn With The Launch Of An Electric Motorcycle

voxan1voxan2voxan3Voxan is the French motorcycle manufacturer launched by Jacques Gardette whose 1st prototype was shown in 1997 and the first production model released in 1999. The Voxan Roadster, Cafe Racer, Scrambler, Black Magic and Charade Racing (all using a 72-degree 996 cc V-Twin engine) had very little success, and although the company signed its 23rd dealer 2005, it struggled until it was liquidated in 2009. It is now a subsidiary of Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles producing high end e-automobiles, rebirthing the brand with the launch of the Wattman, stated to be the NEW most powerful (a couple has already made the same claim) electric motorcycle in the world…

voxan4Powered by a 200 hp (150kW) electric drive motor, Voxan claims it is not only the world’s most powerful e-motorcycle but also the first one to be built around an ‘Eco-Skeleton’ made up of its lithium-ion battery pack. There is no frame. The battery pack, charger, controller, and cooling system create the “frame” wrapped by a beautifully designed all polished aluminum body (designer Sacha Lakic)

voxan5voxan6The electric engine in the motorcycle produces 200 Nm of torque at up to 10,500 rpm. The Wattman is capable of reaching 98 mph in 5.9 seconds. the time it takes some performance vehicles to reach only 60 mph. The battery packs inside the electric motorcycle can be recharged in less than 30 minutes to 80% of its capacity using a simple socket that can be plugged into a standard outlet at home. The battery pack has 12.8 kWh of power and a range of 180km per charge.

The Wattman is a limited edition electric motorcycle to demonstrate Venturi’s considerable EV technical expertise. The Wattman and other electric motorcycles may find their way to North America, hinted President Gildo Pastor. Venturi destined to become the Tesla of motorcycles?


16 Responses to “Voxan Brand Reborn With The Launch Of An Electric Motorcycle”

  1. 1 seymour Dec 4th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Well that’s pretty slick.

  2. 2 BobS Dec 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    e-bikes are getting cooler and cooler…

  3. 3 Horst Roesler Dec 4th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Just a quick calculation, though my time as as an electrical engineer is long past: “battery pack has 12.8 kWh” = 12.800 Wh, 80% of that would be 10.240 Wh.

    Divided by 230 Volts (European Voltage), – quote: “using a simple socket that can be plugged into a standard outlet at home” – that would make 44,522 Ampere loading current PER HOUR.

    Quote again: “The battery packs inside the electric motorcycle can be recharged in less than 30 minutes”. Half the time for loading – in this case 30 minutes/half an hour means DOUBLE the current and you have a loading current of 2 x 44,522 = 89,043 Ampere to recharge the given information – which hardly comes out of any of my home plugs.

    Talking American 110 Volts, double that number (by rule of thumb…) again. 180 Ampere out of a ordinary US-home plug? Haven’t seen that during my visits in the USA, but there might be some…

    I did like the Voxan Motorcycle (wish I had one…), both their production facility and the CEO made great impact and meant serious business, no doubt about that. I do like and think that electrical powered vehicles may have a future (great design, by the way!), but I did follow the pros and cons of the vehicles a bit closer than the average consumer and there are several toppics I am always interested, in particular the possibility to charge and ride in close or below zero temperatures (check the toppic of heating the car batteries to keep them in running condition – and what that would mean as additional energy-consumption / costs just to keep the battery charged), bringing down bike weight and recovering energy by electrical braking.
    Any small electrical engine can outperform a combustion engine and last much longer, but the extention-cables ain’t long enough yet..

    There have been some interesting solutions at the 2012 Intermot, using capacitors for moving from a standing start and accelleration peaks, but I didn’t her from them again…

  4. 4 Terence Tory Dec 4th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Horst Roesler,thats what I thought about any domestic power plug charging this bikes battery in a 1/2 an hour.I thought it would fry the house wiring drawing that much current.

    I understand some ultra-efficient technology that may be applied to battery charging systems that is not common knowledge.I believe some French oil companies hold these patents relating to that ultra-efficient technology.I know of the guy,from my friend who is a fuel burning R&D,who got paid tens of millions of dollars for these battery charging breakthroughs about a decade ago.

  5. 5 Catamini Dec 4th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I know nothing about electric motorcycles, but it looks pretty good to me. Would ride it.

  6. 6 live2rideaglide Dec 4th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    You have to make the vroom -vroom , thumpa-thumpa noise yourself.

  7. 7 Blackmax Dec 4th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Looks Good, but not for me

  8. 8 Mis. Behaves Dec 4th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I like it. They need to make it “woosh’ louder though..

  9. 9 Jezza Dec 5th, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Very nice looking, and another step in the right direction towards the day when electric motorcycles are a realistic alternative (or additional) option. Japan is on a 100V domestic power supply system though, so charging times over here might still be a worry.

  10. 10 denis Dec 5th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    nice concept…..maybe the kids will apprechiate it in 2025…but for now i.m sticking to oil and gas…

  11. 11 Woody's Dec 5th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    @Horst, agreed. doing it in my head (probably not smart) I still come up with 160-180 amp service needed at that “standard house outlet”. I only have 50A service where my welder plugs in 😉

  12. 12 nicker Dec 6th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Hmmmmmm ,,,,????

    Its battery powered, yet it has a radiator in the front…. what’s up with that???

    Or could it be that the fox radiator is there so the younger crowd can think they are actually experiencing authentic motor cycling….???

    Why not just get a video MC game…. avoid all that unpleasant noise and mess…. 🙂


  13. 13 Terence Tory Dec 7th, 2013 at 4:27 am

    nicker,big batteries often need elaborate cooling systems to deal with the heat generated when charging or under load.The Tesla car has more than one cooling fan.

  14. 14 nicker Dec 8th, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Electric bike cooling….??? Wow, who-d-a thunk.

    Must be just for big batteries,.
    I don’t recall seeing anything like that on the smaller bikes for sale in CA.

    So, are we talking antifreeze or just a big fan…..???

    (inquiring minds want to know…. 🙂

  15. 15 Terence Tory Dec 8th, 2013 at 2:56 am

    nicker,fans and ducts like an old Volkswagen.

  16. 16 live2rideaglide Dec 9th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    It can join all the other very popular and super successful electric cars, motorcycles etc. Weed eaters and golf cars are more practical and affordable.

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