Ever hear of Evoke? Us neither, but according to reports, the Chinese e-bike maker has plans on introducing its Urban S model to America this July. While Evoke may be an unknown OEM, it claims that a partnership with Foxconn – famous as Apple’s iPhone manufacturer – is what’s allowing the company to expand, ramping up production from 120 bikes last year to an estimated 2,000 bikes this year.

According to Evoke’s website, the Urban S is powered by a 19 kW motor, a 400A DC wave controller (with regenerative braking), and a 99.2V, 90ah lithium-ion Evoke PowerPack. The combo is claimed to deliver 86 lb.-ft. of torque, a top speed of 81 mph, and a range of 124 city miles, and 74 freeway miles.

MSRP for the Urban S is currently set at $9,400, about $1,000 more than a Zero FX but $1,600 less than a Zero S/DS. Pre-order deposits of $200 are being accepted on the company’s website. Also found on the Evoke website is a teaser for a Project Kruzer model with 126 lb.-ft. of “ludicrous” acceleration, referencing Tesla’s Ludicrous mode. Now we’re talking!

It’ll be interesting to see if the small upstart can pull off a successful entry into the U.S. e-bike market. If so, it’d be the first manufacturer to actually bring Zero some competition since Brammo and its spin-off into Victory/Polaris.

  • azicat

    omg. Is it possible that China could ‘do a CB750 Honda’ anytime soon, and be the nation that brings affordable reliable electric motorcycles to the West?

  • kawatwo

    Dang I heard Chinese and thought they might be inexpensive 🙂 Should be interesting to see some comparisons at least. 10 grand is a bit too much still. At least I may be able to buy a used one someday. Would be great for commuting 16 miles each way to work each day.

  • Nice looking bikes, but I’d be surprised if a product that has shorter range than the Zero, 81-mph top speed and (likely) poor-quality Chinese-made brakes, suspension, tires and other components would be interesting to e-moto customers, who tend to be experienced and very discerning motorcycle enthusiasts.

    • Don’t be too quick to judge, Gabe. I like my iPhone, and Foxconn produces those, so these stand a chance of being good quality.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      I think the quality will be good. Look at CSC motorcycles. Owners love them. This is being sold as a commuter bike, not a sport bike, so normal brakes and suspension will be fine. The only issue is the high price, if premium components are not being used. Not that I know what Zero is using.

    • Ramon A. Cardona

      Apparently you have no concept as the number of Chinese products you are using nor of the auto industry in China but only of the US companies’ Walmart cheap products! Wow!!!

    • BoyTitan

      This outperforms both zero fx models in range and I doubt 81 mph is the top speed since it has a higher voltage battery then the fx model.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    These bikes look just like the 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S I bought yesterday.

  • pwillikers

    “Hub motor” incorporated into the rear wheel = fewer moving parts AND lots of unsprung weight.

    Rear brake activated by a left handlebar lever = how am I going to learn that?

    • Mark D

      Ride a scooter!

    • Clay Leihy

      I rode a Honda Silverwing scooter for a couple of years. Really, the brakes are not hard to figure out. If you can’t, you probably shouldn’t be operating a motor vehicle.

  • Mad4TheCrest

    Electric street motorcycles are hard to justify given the great fuel efficiency and lower buy-in of many of the gas powered bikes. But, I believe there is an opening for electrics in the scooter segment where top speed and range aren’t as important. I think because of this lowered emphasis on power and range it’s also possible to make electric scooters as cheap to buy as gas scooters, or very close to it. Odd thing is I see more activity in electric motorcycles than I see in electric scooters. One more entry into the e-bike market isn’t as useful in my opinion as a really practical e-scooter option.

    • BoyTitan

      Battery price and technology is whats keeping the high price. Electric scooters are screwed those that want something slower will build or buy a electric bike. . Also the learning curb edge is gone since on a electric motorcycle a new rider does not have to learn to use a clutch and shift a electric motorcycle just requires a twist of the throttle like a scooter.