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Lito Sora Concept
Lito Sora Concept

EVLN: Technobabble – Lito’s electric bike

Lito bike. Words by Costa pics by Lito (unless


Like them or agree with the philosophy them or not,

electric are here … although time tell if they stay.

are now commercially available for the street and for the

as more electric bike series spring up, there are racers

However, they’re all by one main flaw: very range.

Despite this, year seems to see another vehicle

company spring the fore, which last included a small

start-up called Lito, based here in Canada, in a suburb


Lito is responsible for producing the electric motorcycle, which

has (at sight at least) a more range than currently

on other e-bikes, claiming up to 300 km of riding.

That’s a pretty figure, achievable partially due to its 12

kWh battery pack (which is for a 150,000 km

lifespan at a steady 70 This is considerably more than

what is available in motorcycles, which offer up to 9 kWh

lithium-ion batteries that can a range up to 180 km.

The new Sora is aimed at the with a little spare

But here’s the catch, the Sora’s maximum range may be

attained ideal conditions, in an urban — where the

juice isn’t up by fighting highway wind and its

regenerative braking helps a charge — and with the bike set

to eco (The Sora has three including eco, performance and

range, the last adjusting power to ensure you to get

to your before the battery goes

Montreal-based Elka provide the many other parts are

built locally.

A more range under normal conditions would be closer

to 180 km, which is still reasonable for use, but if you

hit the highway and tap it out at the claimed speed of 200

km/h, the battery be drained in a mere 30 minutes or 100

km – providing you’re not pulled first!

But with a charge of eight hours using the 110-volt

charger, which is for both a standard wall and an

SAE J1772 coupler, or two hours an external quick charger. Yet

no infrastructure to charge the machine up and get you on

way again, isn’t the Sora just a very trick bike?

To find out more about the new CMG caught up with company

Jean-Pierre Legris at the recent Motorcycle Show and

picked his on some of the technology behind the as well

as how he sees his bike among the current offerings of


Jean-Pierre Legris founder.

First off, has no intentions of competing with

electric bike makers, Brammo and Zero. He sees his

more as a luxury/performance offering in the – think of it

like Ducati Hyosung in normal terms.

Costa and the Montreal Show fromage, JP Belmonte grill

about his new baby. Photo: Rob

This is why you’ll find features like an electrically

seat (750 to 850 mm) and an LCD touch integrated

into the faux gas that includes a GPS, and a

computer via a USB port to connect it to laptop.

Other indications as to its intentions are

carbon-fibre bodywork, a adjustable inverted fork

sourced from a Kawasaki though Kayaba will the front

suspension on production a fully adjustable Elka

shock, and supersport-spec 17-inch at both ends.

All of the in-house components, including aluminium pieces like

the are manufactured using local Only the

German-made motor and fork and brakes are sourced

[image] Left: From (top) to production (bottom). the

massive CVT unit.

It’s a styled … roadster lines are

similar to some designs) powered by a liquid-cooled,

brushless AC motor that 59 lb-ft of torque

throughout its rev range – one advantage of an electric

is that it is capable of generating its torque as soon

as it begins

Finite Element drawing

brings us to a feature that is for an electric bike but

is incorporated the Sora: a CVT transmission. Almost all

electric bikes on the market use drive (the 2012

Empulse is available with a gearbox). It makes sense in

segment; no transmission means weight, fewer losses due to

and reduced cost. Electric can get away without a

variable-ratio because of the unique torque

of their electric motors.

there is one main drawback to direct drive: it isn’t

When resorting to direct a manufacturer must make a

compromise, choosing a final-drive that provides both

acceleration for city riding and a top speed for short

jaunts on the road.

Ergonomics for the short and

To achieve the Sora’s current of acceleration without a CVT, it

have been limited to 80 km/h. Alternately, if it were

to achieve its current top speed km/h, claimed),

acceleration have suffered. Although is some loss in

efficiency due to the it was considered a fair trade-off for the

Lito Sora Concept
Lito Sora Concept

return in performance. It is also tuneable, so if a

buyer prefers over top speed they can be

The electric motor that the Sora.

If it weren’t for the Sora’s range, all the go-fast

chassis would be of little use. But bike isn’t meant

as a fuel-saving, eco-friendly alternative for

(though, technically, it is). meant to be high-end ($42,399

addition to someone’s already stable of wheeled toys.

have already been in Europe and in the Middle East,

by affluent motoring enthusiasts to its unique

blend of styling, and eco-friendliness.

Despite the limitations currently face all electrically-powered

vehicles, the Sora is a serious backed by the latest

advancements in electric bike (as well as Quebec

government It’s also something the company will

continue to with an all-new model for 2014, and

variants in the pipeline as

The seat is electrically adjustable

For more information about the go to Lito’s website.


Zero’s DS has better range for but is it enough to be truly


I a problem with electric I like them. Spend time

commuting on one and plugging it in at for another day of

urban riding and like them too.

But I in their current state of they’re simply not

very And they’re expensive to boot.

The as I see it is that people like you and I are

them – the enthusiasts. Take a at the Sora, the Zeros and the

Brammos and you see aluminum frames, trick and …

bike styling, all that appeal to us, but do little to

the consumer most likely to its real world abilities the

most appealing: the commuter.

An won’t take a weekend with buddies or attend a

day on an e-bike; because the limited simply won’t allow

it. So why the adjustable suspension, stout and

sport-bike-spec tires? These only serve to raise

costs, making already e-bikes even more so.

Are getting the electric criteria their EC-03 concept?

A on the other hand will overlook the limited range

don’t really need it) for lightweight and gas-free


Empulse goes sporty but aims at the masses.

Having all that, Lito might be something, as the bike’s

main point is that it’s at the high-end buyer. It’s a

product, unique with low numbers. That exclusivity

just convince someone the available cash to hand it

Lito Sora Concept
Lito Sora Concept
Lito Sora Concept
Lito Sora Concept

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