Curtiss has unveiled two new versions of its all-electric Zeus motorcycle. Slated for production in 2020, the Cafe and Bobber configurations were announced at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, and feature an evolved design and technology package based on the developments of the company’s new Advanced Powertrain Division, headed up by Paul Ogilvie.
“We are excited to showcase what we believe is the best technology in the industry,” says Ogilvie. “By utilizing cutting-edge energy storage systems to balance power and range, we aim to deliver a range of 280 miles (450km), 145 ft-lbs (197Nm) of torque, and a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 2.1 seconds, all with a 140kW motor.”
Curtiss design director, Jordan Cornille, explains how Zeus’s design has evolved since the concept prototype was unveiled in California earlier this year: “Our original Zeus concept prototype featured obsolete battery and motor technology that was as graceful as a cinder block. This made it difficult for our team to engineer the machine we all aspired to create. With our new Advanced Technology Division, we are developing new battery, motor and control system technologies that enable us to deliver on our clean, modern aesthetic vision.”
The production Zeus models are expected to compete head-on with Harley-Davidson’s upcoming all-electric LiveWire. Curtiss will announce pricing, detailed specifications and reservation details later this year.