Volcon was based to construct electrical off-roaders, however it’s not vying for a slice of the battery-powered pickup section. It plans to construct smaller, nimbler autos developed purely for journey, together with a bike named Grunt.
Primarily based in Texas, the corporate needs to inject electrical expertise into the world of powersports, which nonetheless depends extensively on gasoline. Presently, the section is dominated by firms like Honda, Polaris, and Yamaha. Outdoor lovers on the lookout for a zero-emissions different to the RZR might want to muster slightly little bit of persistence, as a result of Volcon’s first series-produced mannequin, the aforementioned Grunt, will land with two wheels and no roof.
Preliminary specs revealed by the corporate are spectacular. Driving on fats tires that give it a foot of floor clearance, the Grunt presents 75 pound-feet of torque, a six-second dash to 60 mph (which can be its prime velocity), and, considerably, a usable 100-mile vary. Charging its battery takes two hours when utilizing a daily family outlet — the identical one which fees your telephone — and the pack might be swapped within the discipline with primary instruments in minutes.
It sounds just like the Grunt can maintain its personal off the crushed path, however it might additionally journey below it. Volcon intriguingly claims the bike might be operated underwater, presumably with no snorkel, which means it might operate as a private submarine if wanted. Gasoline-powered bikes can’t try this, as a result of the engine would suck in water as an alternative of air. Remember the fact that, whereas the electrical motor doesn’t want air, your lungs do, and oxygen tanks aren’t included.
Volcon will manufacture its two-wheelers on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, a metropolis that’s rapidly turning right into a hub for electrical autos now that Tesla has introduced plans to construct a manufacturing facility there. Grunt manufacturing is tentatively scheduled to start within the spring of 2021, and the corporate will begin making a pair of side-by-sides named Stag and Greatest, respectively, later within the yr. The Stag has two seats, whereas the Beast can carry as much as 4 passengers.
Pricing for the Grunt begins at $5,995 earlier than choices. Adventurers who need to safe an early construct slot can ship the corporate a refundable $150 deposit, and $100 extra will get you one of many first 50 bikes off the manufacturing line.