Vigo Electric Motorcycle Promises 400 Miles Of Range


Is it real, or is it vaporware?

While electric motorcycles offer amazing performance, the major strike against them is their limited range. It’s usually too short to be used for anything more than short trips, and it takes hours to recharge for another go. Vigo promises to change that, if only it can find the funding.

It will also deliver a 0 to 60 time of 3.2 seconds, a top speed of 180 mph, and weigh just 350 pounds. That’s true sportbike performance with a greater range than many gas-powered motorcycles provide. Vigo doesn’t reveal the secret sauce behind its batteries but does say it uses “a new battery technology which gives much higher battery density, lower weight, and higher loading and unloading speeds.” A rapid charger will put you back on the road in under 30 minutes. It even offers a “gas tank” storage compartment, much like the Honda NC700X.

There’s one big problem with Vigo, though: funding. The IndieGoGo campaign set a goal of raising just over $300,000 to fund building a prototype and putting the bike into production. It raised $267. No, I didn’t forget any zeros—two hundred sixty-seven dollars. Campaigns to fund potato salad or launching a TARDIS into space raised far more money than Vigo did.

Undaunted by financial woes and failed partnerships, the company is trying once again to fund the production of its electric sportbike that seems to tick all the boxes. This time Vigo is asking people to spread the word far and wide that it is seeking investors in the project. Unfortunately, the response has not been entirely positive.

“The only way you’re going to raise funding for this bike is to build a prototype,” says one Facebook commenter. “Then get it out on the road and do range tests, and 0 to 60 mph tests, and record all the real world specs to show you have a product worth supporting. It’s hard to sell a bike with just concept art.” Indeed, all pictures and video of the bike so far are nothing but computer generated drawings.

“Are you by chance a Nigerian Prince?” asks another commenter, reflecting on his perceived inability of the company to actually do as it promises. In the software industry, the term “vaporware” is commonly used to describe items that don’t really exist but the company talks about as though they’re already real. Despite Vigo’s efforts to build its bike, which could be revolutionary if its claims about it turn out to be true, so far it remains little except an idea in the world of computer-aided design. Maybe Vigo could appeal to fans of Doctor Who or potato salad to help.

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12 Comments on "Vigo Electric Motorcycle Promises 400 Miles Of Range"

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Nigerian Prince is right. Build the proto and have Rossi race Marquez, and there will be no shortage of orders.

One of these days I have to try one of those indie stuff campaigns. Maybe see if I can get rich quick selling get rich quick schemes

There is your hook!
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I am sorry. I just had to post again. Been reading their facebook page and all. So, is this really how it works? I just go on facebook and indieggo and ask people to give me money? That’s it? Boy, I really need to get into that. Anyone here interested in giving me a few Euros for my cold fusion reactor yacht? The opportunity of a life time. Come on guys, invest now, you won’t be sorry

Too good to be true.

Unfortunately, in my experience, the more outlandish your claims, the better chance at success. Need investers? Don’t offer them a sensible rate of return. Promise them the moon, Jupiter and beyond

When the claims are “too good to be true” and this by a very far margin, then it’s really very suspicious.

Top speed 180 mph (290 kph) , range of 400 miles (644 km) and all this with a tiny battery resulting in just 350 lbs (158 kg) weight way below gasoline superbikes — come on that’s too unrealistic to attract any serious investors.

Agree, the claims are nonsense.

Please do the same for cruiser style bike !!

what’s the point of 400 mile range when it has trackday ergos??

Hub motor and suspension arm looks like many China bikes, who have 16 inch wheels in the back for some strange reason. Perhaps they added custom-made plastics to change the appearance.

A quick Google search of the man behind this reveals something fishy. Can’t remember what exactly as it was over a year ago I looked into it. But think about it people! How is this company able to promise more than double the range of any current electric motorbike in production when it can’t even fund the building of a prototype?!! Are we expected to believe that there is a battery tech company with some super advanced tech that’s just holding off until Vigo is ready?
Come on! I’m surprised at Inside EVs for publishing this nonsense story.