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Light electric Xubaka motorcycle with a sodium-ion battery



The Xubaka’s motorcycle rear hub motor with a 4kW power propels the bike to a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). Its developer Sodium Cycles takes its name from an ambitious plan to equip the bike with new sodium-ion batteries with a range of between 60-80 km (37-50 miles).

Sodium-ion batteries are a quickly developing technology that can confer many advantages as an alternative to conventional lithium-ion batteries. Sodium Cycles intends to use sodium-ion batteries developed by French company Tiamat.

Sodium Cycles was created in May 2018 by CEO Benoit Marty, who designed the unique and innovative Xubaka mini electric motorbike concept. Instead of using a typical scooter or small motorcycle, its creator has opted for a tubular frame similar to the bicycle without pedals. As explained by the developers, “Vintage and pure, Xubaka’s unique design evokes the classic motorcycles of the 70s and also the futuristic lines of the Bauhaus furniture and architecture.”

Sodium Cycles has a kit of racks and other utility-oriented accessories that would replace the rear seat and turn the bike more into a cargo scooter. Customers will be able to create unique models based on the same chassis, thanks to an unlimited selection of colors and a broad range of options.

The frame is made of Chromoly steel and is equipped with a traditional front suspension fork. With thick tires the Xubaka carries suspension systems for comfortable riding with disc brakes at the front and back. The speed of this electric motorcycle is limited to just 50 km/h (31 mph) in the European Union, which makes it street legal in the 50cc class without a full motorcycle license. A very interesting fact about this motorcycle is that it only weighs 50 kg.

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