Lit Motors’ E-Motorcycle Won’t Let You Down

But the C-1 is more than just a one-trick gyroscopic pony. The vehicle is packed with innovative technology, including what Lit calls its Kinetic Energy Recovery System which uses regenerative braking technology to assist in spinning the flywheels. When the C-1 is accelerating, energy from the flywheels is used to alleviate power strain on the batteries.


image via Lit Motors

The C-1 will be powered by a battery pack rated between 8-10 kilowatt-hours. That array will power an electric hub motor, possibly manufactured by Remy, in each wheel. Lit says this combo will be good for a top speed of around 120 mph and a zero-to-60 time of between 6-8 seconds. Depending on the size of the final battery configuration the C-1 should have a range of around 150 miles.

lit interior

image via Lit Motors

Inside, the vehicle looks fairly bare-bones; however, the standard motorcycle handlebar has been replaced by the steering wheel and the C-1 does appear to have a car-like dashboard instrument cluster and brake/accelerator foot pedals.

Lit hopes to get the C-1 into production by 2014 when it will carry a price tag of around $16,000. Want one? The company is taking reservations (for a $250 deposit) on its website.


  • Reply January 17, 2012

    Stella Pacificone

    Smart and fascinating idea….. and now it is right time for a rolling smart phone/bike. Can not wait to ride in it.

  • Reply March 6, 2012


    need head lights  

  • Reply April 16, 2012


    It has tail lights, pretty sure it has head lights, bro.

  • Reply May 20, 2012


    Previous attempts to have gyroscopically stabilized vehicles failed because drivers don’t want to wait until the gyroscope is up to speed, rather than any intrinsic flaw in the idea.

    Ditch the gyroscope and put a pair of retractable outriggers and you have a winner.

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