The electric motorcycle industry has experienced significant growth in recent years. A variety of EVs ranging from motocrossers to sport bikes and commuters, are now available. However, electric cruiser motorcycles have remained a rare sight, leaving this niche largely unexplored by established bike-makers. Peter Fassler from Switzerland aims to tap into this segment with his innovative creation, the E-Chopper. This all-electric chopper motorcycle is designed to satisfy the desire for an eco-friendly cruiser. Let’s delve into the details.
Peter Fassler first introduced the concept of the e-Bullet at the 2018 Zurich motorcycle fair, attracting attention with its striking design and impressive performance figures. However, the production version of the E-Chopper features a significantly different motor than the concept model. While it retained the same captivating exterior, the electric motor underwent substantial changes. The concept boasted a jaw-dropping 860 Newton meters (634 pound-feet) of torque, but the production-ready version now offers a mere 80 pound-feet, translating to 109 Newton meters. Additionally, the weight of the bike also increased, with the concept weighing just 165 kilograms (363 pounds) compared to the production version’s 260 kilograms (573 pounds).
The reason behind this noticeable reduction in power and torque lies in the homologation requirements the bike had to meet for road legality. Due to regulations, the continuous power output of the engine was limited to 11 kilowatts (14.75 horsepower). Despite its limited power, it still offers a peak power output of 59 horsepower. However, the E-Chopper can reach a maximum speed of 135 kilometers per hour (83.89 miles per hour). It even boasts an acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in just three seconds, showcasing a respectable performance.
The E-Chopper features a 14.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, providing an estimated range of 280 kilometers (173 miles) for urban use and approximately half that distance on the open road. Charging the bike from low to full capacity can take up to 10 hours.
In contrast to the futuristic designs of many EVs, Peter Fassler has chosen to retain the old-school charm of a chopper for the E-Chopper. With its small headlight, covered forks, and modest fenders, the bike pays homage to traditional American choppers that ran on gasoline. Upon closer inspection, one can identify the absence of an exhaust and foot levers, but overall, the E-Chopper successfully emulates the aesthetics of its petrol-powered predecessors. The chopper experience is further enhanced by the bike’s low, elongated stance and shiny silver spoke wheels on both ends. The ergonomic design offers a quintessential chopper riding position, with a low seat height, wide swept-back handlebar, and forward-set footrests. The full-digital LCD provides all necessary information, while the absence of electronic aids aligns with the bike’s performance-oriented nature. The E-Chopper features a steel tube frame, 18-inch spoked wheels with tire sizes of 130/60 in the front and 240/40 in the rear, and a wheelbase measuring 1,800 millimeters (70.87 inches). Standard ABS ensures safety while riding.
However, the most striking aspect of this cruiser is its price tag. In Switzerland, the announced price is 66,666 CHF, which roughly equates to $74,000 USD. The E-Chopper impresses not only with its design but also with its unique and premium pricing, making it a standout offering in the market.