Lit Motors C1 Two Wheeler Update – Video

DEC 29 2014 BY JAY COLE 19

It’s tough to be a start-up with limited resources these days.  Especially so when it comes to plug-in transportation.

The Lit Motor's C-1

The Lit Motor’s C-1

Fortunately, Lit Motors has kept up the good fight and the all electric C-1 has inched closer to production in this latest update from the company.

For those who are not familiar (or perhaps have forgot), the gyro-stabilized, enclosed two wheeler that can’t be pushed over retails for about $24,000 (in theory, at some point), and has a stated range of 200 miles on 8 kWh of juice.  The Lit C-1 prototype has a top speed around 100 mph and zips to 60 mph in about six seconds.

Lit says the C-1 will fit persons up to about 6’3″ and the EV has a curb weight of 800lbs.  It is of course is classed as a motorcycle, so the applicable licensing is required to drive it.

The company is currently taking deposits on the bike (as it has been since 2012), with $1,000 to secure a late production vehicle of VIN 1,000+, or $2,500 to get VIN #500-999.

  • Has progress been a little slow? Sure – just check out the video (below) from 2 years ago promoting the C-1.  Production had initially been scheduled for a small run  of C-1s in 2013, then moved to Q4 of 2014
  • Is the price starting to seem a little steeper as time passes and other plug-in prices come down?  Sure. 
  • Does Lit Motors have enough capital to bring these bikes into full production, and will there be a market for them when/if they do?  Hmmm.

Still, we wish them the best because…well, it’s pretty darn cool.

Hat tip to offib!

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It’s neat…yes,

But if I want an electric motorcycle, there are compelling options available.

If I want an EV car, there are also already options. (and more coming soon)

I guess I’m just missing what niche this thing is trying to appeal to.

I think it’s trying to target the audience who would look for a Smart car. Small, handy, weatherproof (unlike motorbikes) and that it’s an ungodly stand out. The kinda guy (like me I guess) who would be fascinated to see this standing at the lights would at least try to know quite a lot about it.

The biggest problem Lit Motors will face is awareness. It has to get a good bit of it to get running on all… two wheels.

Many of the reservation holders have been gathering on the forums, but you are right, awareness/understanding is a big issue (even some of the comments here show how some people don’t understand the vehicle).

Personally, I want it just because electric vehicles are fun, and this will up the fun factor big time.

Stop thinking of this as a motorcycle, but as a car with 2 wheels, with the benefits of a motorcycle.

It will have HVAC, airbags, enclosed, infotainment, if you like electric cars, you’ll like this.

But the gyro features will make it even more fun (& safe) to drive.

I like gadgets, drive an EV already, so to me, this is a no-brainer. I also don’t want to drive around with 3-4 empty seats 99% of the time. It’s the perfect commuting vehicle (especially once price comes down).

Hopefully they’ll make it as a company, that’s my only concern.

They are wasting time and money to make the product more complex and expensive with those gyroscopes.

Make it an reversed trike like Elio.

It’s a shame that Opel Rak-e isn’t on sale yet.

I don’t think it would ever come to fruition. There was another similar concept at the same time around two years ago. Honestly, it was a knee jerk reaction to the Twizy from the occasionally passionate Renault. Opel is not known for being left of field. It’s struggling a bit. And to be honest, the Twizy was a summer fling in 2012, sales have pummpled and it won’t recover unless Renault updates the Twizy.

This of course is excluding how will sales react now that the Twizy can be bought without battery rental.

Skinny 3 or 4 wheel vehicles are too tipsy at high speeds. That’s why commercially viable vehicles always end up wider, and accommodating side by side passengers. Only in-line 2 wheelers offer commercially viable handling dynamics for in-line passengers (ie motorbikes and bicycles). The e-Tracer has already proven the potential performance of this type of vehicle ( And I commend Lit Motors for targeting to make it within the range of affordability.

Re: It is of course is classed as a motorcycle
Is the C-1 street legal? What kind of license do I need?
Yes, the C-1 will be 100% street legal, and we’re working to make sure that only a standard driver’s license will be needed, with no motorcycle endorsement required. We’ll share updates on our progress with that as we near production.

Does it do high speed turns yet?

Quick transitions back and forth will be very tricky.

Using gyroscopes cannot be the most efficient way to do this.

Give me a full speed Twizy, any day.

Did anyone else notice how the wheels are on sand when they pull it sideways? Seems kinda fishy…

Doesn’t seem fishy to me. Sand would make it easier to pull the wheels out from under a bike like that. Which is what happened to the motorcycle they pulled on too. Looks like they hooked up the ropes to the wheels.

Also, pulling without sand would need more force to pull the bike and maybe they don’t want to damage their only prototype too much.

It also makes for a smoother pull once it starts moving not a pavement gripping jerky motion that would really put the gyros to the test. Just sayin.

Btw. Don’t get me wrong I love the concept and I hope they work well and sell.

There are lots of other videos of the C1 being dragged sideways without sand.

I saw the working bike at CES last year with the gyros spinning and it really works. search youtube for ‘CES lit motors’.

I am reservation number 110 in line to get my C1, now officially being called The Lit Motors AEV.

This video above is the best video to have come out of Lit for a long while. Yeah, they are late, but real tech is usually late, just like all of Tesla rides have been. Lit Motors is less than 100 people, let’s cut them some slack.

Oops! Wrong video. But I don’t see anything new. The prototype riding around slowly, and being pulled sideways.

I would love to believe this will happen, and at an affordable price, but a new Zero, which is much simpler, goes for $17k+

This thing would be lucky to sell, in small numbers, for the price of a base Leaf.

I have reservation #47. The C-1 (now called an AEV for auto-balancing EV) will cost $19,000 after the $5,000 tax credit – if it is still in effect). After the initial production run, Lit states that the cost should come down to under $15K. Charging the batteries will cost appprox $1.25, so a range of 200 miles is the equivalent of 600 miles per gallon, assuming to cost of a gallon of gas is $3.75. Of course, the price of gas is coming down, but for how long? The niche group – thrill of a motorcyle with the comfort & safety of a car, with lane splitting, lower insurance rates, etc.

Have they given any kind of explanation or details on their 200 mile range claim?

The 2012 340 pound Zero S ZF9 (call it 540 pounds with a rider) could travel up to 140 miles at 20 miles per hour.

The Lit C1 is significantly more aerodynamic than the Zero, but at 20 mph these aero effects will be dominated by the rolling resistance from the vehicle and its large tires.

The last time I looked at the vehicles, I pegged the C1 at 135 miles of range at 35 mph, and 90 miles at 70 mph. Still quite good given the 10 kWh battery pack (not 8 kWh as claimed here?), but well below their range claim.

Wow, #47, that means you put down a 5k deposit, no? Congrats on getting that reservation number. I heard someone [an employee?] from Tesla is on the top-ten list, could just be a roomer.

I can say that if my AEV does not get at least 130 real-world-miles, at ~55 MPH, I will not keep it and just wait for the Tesla Model III to come out.

Lit Motors is very hard-nosed on their 200 mile range claim, and they would be very unwise to take such large deposits just to have their range claims be so far off the mark.

What is the stabilizing power required at a stop? And what is the stabilizing power required in a cross wind?