This Eye-Popping Electric Motorcycle Is Actually Drivable

898 lb.-ft. of torque enough for you?
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Photo: Zvexx

Photo: Zvexx

Tired of magical make-believe computer-rendered electric vehicles whose designers make absurdly unlikely promises? So are the guys at Switzerland's Zvexx motorcycles, who actually ride this obsidian monster on the roads around Lake Geneva.

Photo: Zvexx

Photo: Zvexx

"This is not a project in user-friendly cuteness but a fusion of raw, biker appeal and unbridled electric force," the company says on its web site.

Photo: Zvexx

Photo: Zvexx

The Zvexx bike's electric motor produces an incredible 898 lb.-ft. of torque, which vaults the machine from 0-50 mph in 3.0 seconds.

Photo: Zvexx

Photo: Zvexx

The 26-cell lithium-ion battery pack stores 13 kilowatt-hours of juice, about half the energy of the original Nissan Leaf. This yields a riding range of 94 miles.

Photo: Zvexx

Photo: Zvexx

The bike's electric motor has a direct drive to the rear wheel, so there are no gears to shift. It uses a kevlar belt drive system similar to the one Harley-Davidson uses on its bikes, spinning a Metzler rear tire fatter than most car tires.

Photo: Zvexx

Photo: Zvexx

Zvexx says they are considering limited production of this badass bit of black lightning, so send them a note of encouragement if you think this looks like your next ride.