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CrownCruiser eBike Looks to the Past to Accelerate Toward an Electrified Future

09.09.21 | By
CrownCruiser eBike Looks to the Past to Accelerate Toward an Electrified Future
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CrownCruiser Motors founder Adebola Adeleye wants to satiate your need for speed with an electric bike embodying the same spirit that painted the golden years of British heritage motorcycling with contemporary styling and technologies that would make Lucius Fox of Wayne Enterprises envious – an electric bicycle with a 100-mile range and a top speed of 31mph.

CrownCruiser Motors founder Adebola Adeleye

UK-based CrownCruiser Motors founder Adebola Adeleye

With a background in aeronautical engineering and fueled by a passion for the outdoors, Adeleye’s efforts are manifested in an electric bike with an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber frame design – one complemented with a coterie of componentry directly influenced by many of the material innovations which impart Formula 1 vehicles their delicate balance of speed vs. weight.

The lightweight, ultra-strong monocoque carbon fiber frame is rather curvaceous, a silhouette evocative of an entomological beach cruiser that seems to lean into the notion of speed even at a standstill.

Powered by a brushless DC hub motor capable of delivering a maximum power output of 1000W in two motor sizes – a pedal-assisted system (PAS) which can produce speeds up to 15.5mph at 250W, or an even faster speed-demon option that combines the PAS with the throttle with a 750W rear hub motor allowing for top speeds of up to 31mph – the CrownCruiser operates within the growing category of e-bikes aspiring toward motorcycles in spirit rather than their pokier pedal-powered counterparts.

“Here at CrownCruiser Motors, we’ve blended distinct styling and the latest technology to create the ultimate expression of the cruiser bike,” says Adeleye. “We’ve worked hard to create a bike that our design-conscious community can ride where they want, safely and in style – with minimum impact on the planet’s resources and their wallet.”

Plans include the installation of swap-and-go battery stations across cities to ensure users can switch a depleted battery for a fully-charged power unit within seconds, but as Tesla and other electric vehicle manufacturers further down the road have discovered, infrastructure is much harder to roll out than the vehicles themselves.

Beyond its darkly captivating looks and 100-mile range, the CrownCruiser is stocked with tech that further adds to the Batman-evocative impression, including anti-theft technologies, GSM location tracking, Bluetooth connectivity allowing for connection between bike and its own riding statistics app. And in the instance your ominous two-wheeled ride takes a fall, there’s also a gyro accelerometer sensor engineered to detect an impact or fall, automatically creating a pin drop of your location and notifying a pre-determined emergency contact.

CrownCruiser is available at an introductory price of $3,150 and can be customized or painted.

If “dark and menacing aesthetic” isn’t quite your cup of tea, CrownCruiser plans to offer the e-bike in variations, with a range of colors and skins to give the lightweight, ultra-strong monocoque carbon fiber frame an entirely different attitude whether on the road or while parked.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.