British bike startup Arc has announced plans to put its prototype Vector electric motorcycle into production at a new 65,000 square feet site located in St Athan, South Wales.
Billed as “the world’s first fully-electric café racer” when it was first revealed at last November’s EICMA show in Milan, the futuristic-looking £90,000 machine will enter full production at the end of 2020 with 399 units to be built-to-order in the first 18 months.
With a total dry weight of 220 kg as well as a 399-volt electric motor producing 133 bhp, Arc founder and CEO Mark Truman claims the Vector will have the best power-to-weight ratio of any electric two-wheeler, namely, 650 bhp per tonne.
He further claims it will deliver a combined range of around 270 miles, along with a zero to 60 mph time of three seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.
The motorcycle features, among other things, advanced human interface technology; a carbon monocoque; a carbon swing arm developed in collaboration with MotoGP manufacturers Riba; hub-centre steering whereby the steering pivot points are positioned inside the hub of the wheel rather than above the wheel in the headstock as in a traditional layout; a total of 960 Samsung-produced battery cells; bespoke Brembo brakes; fully customisable Ohlins suspension; and race-inspired BST wheels.