A few years ago, Amir got tired of the dawn with the motorcycle every time he wanted to go to the waves, even though he lives in Netanya, a short distance from the Mediterranean. “You have to attach the tow trolley to the vehicle, move the heavy tool and deal with the fuel and oil to the two-stroke engine. Nothing is spontaneous. So I turned it on.”
Shahar (46), who studied mechanical engineering at the Technion and owns the electric gates manufacturer and marketer, Agro Gates together with his father-in-law Hamlo Shlomo Tzach who retired from the aerospace industry and the Kaplan Prize laureate realized that something was up.
The marine motorcycle market is divided into sporty, durable and larger motorcycles. In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned standing motorcycle riding two beats near beaches and open water reservoirs, and riding was limited to competitions only. The market froze for a few years, and today few tools are sold with 4-stroke engines, heavier and more expensive. And the US remains the world’s largest market for motorcycles of all kinds, of which 63,000 were sold there in 2017, mainly Yamaha, Si-Do and Kawasaki models.
With the assistance of the APG engineering company and industrial design blender from Tel Aviv, they built a first prototype for an electric motorcycle designed from scratch, and did not convert existing vehicles. Two improved prototypes are already being built. Shahar, who has so far invested with his partners in the NIS 2 million project: “Electric resistance motorcycle will be more expensive than gasoline, $ 15-20,000, almost 2.5 times. But it will meet environmental limits, it can be kept in a trunk, especially a yacht, which its owners can ride whenever they need, without holding jericans (jerry cans). Of fuel and oil and treatments. There is a huge market of affluent yacht owners who are looking for what else they can access.
Dawn is currently raising $ 2 million to complete the US licensing process and move into serial production of the tool named Skivolt. The intention is to produce two models, for amateurs, with a 4 kWh lithium-ion battery, and for professionals with 8 kWh, in a tool that may Carbon fiber and epoxy and capable of reaching 70 km / h quickly with the available torque of the electric motors. According to the business plan, in already the second production year with a sales rate of 500 tools, the project can reach economic balance.
The motorcycle market is in no hurry to switch to electricity, the major manufacturers are comfortable with what’s in store. But technology is already ripe and these tools will be much more useful,” says Shahar. The standard tool will allow 25-35 minutes of riding, and the professional 45 minutes, and you can quickly replace a battery and continue enjoying it.