Let’s take a closer look at Moonbikes’ fun electric snowmobile / electric bike mashup
It might be a little over the top (it’s not intended for the moon, nor is it a bike), but Moonbikes’ new wild-looking electric snow vehicle is sure to turn heads. .
Single-track snowmobiling, for lack of a better term, seems to combine several aspects of snowmobiles and two-wheelers such as bicycles and motorcycles.
The device is powered by a 3 kW (4 hp) electric motor and reaches a top speed of 42 km / h (26 mph).
It may not seem quick at first, but weaving through the snow at speeds exceeding most e-bikes will definitely be a real pleasure.
It might not be as fast as a real electric snowmobile, but it’s certainly easier to throw the 82 kg (182 lbs) in the back of a truck or SUV.
Thus, the Moonbike seems better suited to local snow shenanigans than true snowmobile duty.
Take a close look at the Moonbike
Thanks to Electrek‘s Derek sage, we took a closer look at this wacky new winter to roll at CES 2022.
We can see that the interesting design incorporates a snow track at the rear and a single ski at the front. A bicycle fork is used to mount the ski with a specially designed thru axle mount. The fork provides front suspension, while a second suspension element is mounted on the ski to accommodate changes in the terrain’s angle (i.e. perfect for removing it from those gentle jumps).
A padded bench is mounted above a waterproof box containing this large capacity battery, with a nominal power of 2.5 kWh.
This battery provides up to one hour of use in Sport mode or 1.5 hours of use with a more relaxed ride in Eco mode. Moonbikes says this translates to around 20 km (12 miles) in Sport mode or 35 km (22 miles) in Eco mode.
Riders can also upgrade to a 5 kWh battery which doubles the range and adds an additional 12 kg (25 lbs) of weight to the Moonbike.
A full charge takes about five hours on a standard wall outlet, or about half the time with the faster charger option.
A single hydraulic brake lever on the left side of the handlebars stops the rear track of the Moonbike. The rear disc rotor appears to be mounted on the motor shaft. There is no front brake, for obvious reasons.
Dirtbike style folding footrests are mounted on either side of the trail and should provide good grip under your snow boots. They will also lift up in case a cyclist hits fallen branches or other solid debris.
The rear spring suspension is also visible inside the rack mechanism, which helps make that snow landing even more comfortable.
Moonbike is currently producing 400 units for the US and European markets, and prices are starting at $ 8,500 in the United States.
Sign me up!
I mean, not to buy one. The price may be about half the cost of larger electric snowmobiles, but that still makes it more than an impulse buy.
I bought my fair share of weird e-bikes on impulse, but sadly that won’t make the list.
I would do it anyway if I had the chance. For anyone with eight g burning a hole in their pocket, this would be a super fun winter toy.
Hope some winter resorts buy and rent them. Replaceable batteries mean rental operators can keep them running all day. And that’s probably the only way most of us mere mortals can have such a fun experience!
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