Rayvolt presents beautiful new electric bikes and electric motorcycles
Barcelona-based Rayvolt not only has some of the most beautiful e-bikes I’ve ever seen, but also designs its own technology to ensure these e-bikes deliver cutting-edge performance and user experiences. This kind of combination of beauty and brains is rarely seen outside of a Hollywood blockbuster, which is why I only had to stop by Barcelona in person to check out the latest from Rayvolt.
The company kindly invited me to their annual press and dealer meeting, which has returned after a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19.
Back in full force, the event featured the latest developments from Rayvolt and exciting news about the company’s future direction. In the brand’s showroom were on display many of the stunning e-bikes we know and love, but also several new models with a fresh twist.
Check out my brief video below to see what Rayvolt had on hand, or keep scrolling to learn even more about these head-turning e-bikes.
First off, the Rayvolt Cruzer is a classic in the brand’s lineup and features an elongated cruiser styling with motorcycle design accents. Of all the bikes that bear Rayvolt’s (literal) brass seal, this is probably the one that best encapsulates the brand’s design philosophy.
The bike is massive, although it also comes in a shorter wheelbase version which smaller riders are likely to find more comfortable. Both versions feature the same styling and leatherwork detailing that you’ll quickly see is a theme at Rayvolt.
Other models – like the Ambassador – are a little more discreet, at least in mass.
Narrow frame tubes and tires give the Ambassador a sleeker urban look, while retaining the classic Catalan leather and shiny brass features around the bike.
The bike is a much lighter model designed for urban riders who want to maintain that classic fixie look while adopting the company’s signature style, right down to the leather handbag that doubles as a removable battery box.
Branching out into wider styles of e-bikes, models like the Ringo offer more of a moped grip while the Beachin’ model explores a traditional fat bike design for cruising the coast (although ‘traditional’ shouldn’t imply that strays far from the popular Rayvolt aesthetic).
And that only scratches the surface of what Rayvolt has to offer.
The company’s Torino e-bike offers an even shorter wheelbase version of the Cruzer and replaces the wide tires with more balanced 2-inch rubber to create a nimble ride around town. The Trixie is a front-loading electric cargo tricycle with enough room for multiple children and/or pets in the front, while adopting the design cues that make Rayvolt stand out from the crowd.
The Clubman offers a sophisticated motorcycle-inspired design with vintage-looking whitewall tires to complete the package.
The list keeps growing, and so does piece after piece of eye-catching e-bikes that look just as good on a museum shelf as they do on the road. Check out some of the beautiful collection in the gallery below.
Not content with electric bikes, Rayvolt is even launching into the complete cruiser motorcycle.
The company has developed several prototype light and medium electric motorcycles that – yes, you guessed it – also adopt the Catalan design cues that adorn Rayvolt’s e-bikes.
My favorite model features four underframe battery bays that provide huge battery options for longer-range riding, up to 27kWh capacity. That’s more than Energica’s largest capacity batteries and about twice the size of Zero’s largest batteries! Plus, it offers classic cruiser bike geometry for a forward-footed ride. This is a rarity in the electric motorcycle industry.
Now it’s a bike I can ride every day!
But it’s not just the designs that command attention, at least not for those who appreciate what powers these beautiful e-bikes.
Rayvolt’s technology is industry leading for the simple reason that they don’t buy off-the-shelf transmission parts, but instead design their own controllers, hardware and software to work together seamlessly.
The company’s custom-designed motors and pure sine wave controllers deliver the highest efficiency and lowest noise level possible. A combination of sensors ranging from torque sensors in the pedal assist system to heat sensors in the motor give the controller real-time access to key data from the bike’s most important systems.
All of this has helped Rayvolt design new technologies and features, like the ability to modulate regenerative braking power in the motor simply by pedaling backwards faster or slower. This regenerative braking feature was also key to the company’s development of its RegenFit program, which allows riders to put their e-bike on a stationary roller and use it at home as an exercise bike, recharging the battery while burning calories.
The company’s in-house designed EIVA 2.0 app that interfaces with the bikes software was also recently updated, giving riders even more control. The open-source Android-based app can be installed directly onto bike displays, meaning owners can add their own Android apps as well. Want Google Maps directly on your e-bike screen? It is now possible, at least if you have a Rayvolt bike with an integrated EIVA display.
While Rayvolt is of course known for its iconic design, the company’s technology has led it to create a new brand known as eXXite for its more technical rides.
The actual technology behind eXXite e-bikes is largely the same as that found in Rayvolt’s vintage-looking e-bike range, but wrapped up in a much more modern package that will likely appeal to a different type of rider.
For example, the X One e-bike has recessive Rayvolt Cruzer genes if you look closely at a few of the frame tubes, but then it goes its own way for a much more modern look.
After being first unveiled in 2019 and then derailed in 2020 when COVID-related supply chain disruptions saw important components of its design delayed and then cancelled, such as the unique brake levers and fork that were imperative to the design of the bike, the X One is now back on track and in production.
I had the chance to test one of the first models, which you can see in my video from the event above.
The bike looks almost as big as the Cruzer but has its own unique style, like the turn signals mounted in the handlebar ends. At the same time, the technology is unmistakably that of Rayvolt. When I engage regenerative braking and crank up the power, I feel like I’ve just blown a parachute out the back, even though the brake pads haven’t even touched the discs yet.
The brand’s new eXXite range now extends to even more models, including a more traditional belt-driven commuter bike for the city and a neat version of a stand-up electric scooter. The scooter includes a front bumper which is more reminiscent of a Vespa style scooter. Although it is designed as a stand-up scooter, eXXite provides for a cargo box that can be mounted on the back of the scooter and could offer a bit of seat to lean against, almost turning the scooter into a sit-down version.
And of course the EIVA 2.0 app system is also available on the eXXite range via the built-in Android display, meaning riders can install any Android apps they want directly on their e-bike display. or their electric scooter.
The Rayvolt and eXXite brands are built on a similar foundation, but obviously go their own way when it comes to design and branding.
Sharing the same technology base while branching out into different markets seems like a smart move, however, making it easier to co-develop new technologies and features that can also benefit very different customers.
With so many cool things on display (beautiful e-bikes, awesome motorcycles, new scooters, the list goes on!), I’m almost at a loss where to turn to follow the future paths of Rayvolt and eXXite. There’s plenty to be excited about here, and I’m sure we’ll soon see some big new releases from Barcelona.
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