RGNT‘s First Electric Motorcycle
Ready For Series Production

A smooth ride to silence the streets.

At first glance, the Regent No. 1 looks to be classically designed retro motorbike. Only on closer inspection is it apparent that where there are normally dials, here there’s a screen. Then when started up it’s clear that the Regent No. 1 has a quiet electric motor instead of a boisterous single-cylinder engine. So it is that the manufacturer RGNT have fashioned a stylish electric motorcycle with a 50s look and a mission to silence the streets.

Industrializing the Electric Motorcycle Battery.

The Swedish firm Regent Motorcycles was founded in December 2018 by Jonathan Aström, with the overt aim of building classically designed motorbikes with environmentally friendly propulsion. RGNT presented the first prototype in May 2019, a move far ahead of most large brands without an electric motorcycle in their range. Exactly one year later the manufacturer came to e.battery systems in the quest to get the model ready for series production. With its retro style all design questions were already answered, so the discussions were about the machine’s core: propulsion and energy storage. From the outset, e.battery systems made clear that in order to get this bike series-ready, the costs of manufacturing would have to go down.

Lithium Motorcycle Battery for Series Production:

  • Redesign with the goal
    of industrialization
  • Material selection optimized
    for efficient production
  • Automated production
  • Process optimization
  • Supplier search
    for subassembly stages
  • Delivery assurance through
    long-term contracts with cell
    manufacturers and electronic suppliers

From Prototype to Market-Ready Electric Motorcycle.

Right in the early stages before motorcycle batteries are even produced, potential analysis is factored in. The goal of the redesign was industrialization and automatic production. Step by step, process optimization took place. Safety was improved and all criteria - from production-optimized component selection to weight and energy content - were taken into consideration.

Christoph Pürmair, Project Leader at e.battery systems, explains:

"In order to get the electric battery for the RGNT motorcycle ready for series production, during the redesign we paid particular attention to using cost-efficient standard components. It was important to us that the motorcycle battery could be produced easily and with little effort. Indeed, many steps were automated to remain competitive in the long term."

Electromobility for a Retro Motorcycle.

While the exterior of the Regent No. 1 reminds one of the 1950s, the inside is packed with the most innovative technology. The bike reaches a top speed of 125 km/h, the lithium motorcycle battery weighs only 60 kg and enables a range of 120 kilometers (highway) to 180 kilometers (city). The battery is located at the center of the electric motorcycle where the engine is normally found. In the Regent No. 1 it imitates an oversized drum brake in the rear wheel – with the practical advantage of recuperating energy in the process. The motorcycle battery can be easily charged via a household power socket, with charging time from 20%-80% in around 3 hours.

The battery powering this beautiful Swedish ride is comprised of some complex parts, including the cells, the BMS (Battery Management System) and the BPU (Battery Protection Unit). As the market viability of this electric motorcycle requires reliability of supply, so some components were produced directly at e.battery systems, while trusted suppliers were chosen for subassembly and guaranteed under long-standing contracts.

ADAC quote:
"Simply put, the No.1 is a visual treat and borrows its design
from classic motorcycles like the Yamaha SR 500."
ADAC

The Retro Electric Motorcycle in Numbers:

  • Motor: Brushless hub motor
  • Transmission: Direct drive
  • Batterie type: Lithium-Ion
  • Peak performance: 11,000 W
  • Steady state: 8,000 W
  • Top speed: 125 km/h
  • Voltage: 72 V
  • Storage capacity: 60 Ah
  • Charge time: 20%-80% 3h
  • Range: 110 km (highway) / > 160 km (city)

The Many Advantages of an Electric Motorcycle.

The latest electric motorcycles on streets around the world are now barely distinguishable from other motorbikes, and come with some impressive stats and specs. Indeed, in both performance and positive environmental benefits, lithium batteries in motorcycles are getting better all the time. Electric motorcycles have been around for a few years already, but they’ve never been as sustainable, efficient and affordable as they are today. The scene is set for electric motorcycles like those from Regent (RGNT) to dominate the market for years to come. And all this without sacrificing either speed, design, or enjoyment. Electric motorcycles offer a variety of driving modes, reach 100 km/h in no time and are just as safe as traditional motorbikes.

Lighter and More Powerful: Lithium Batteries for Motorcycles.

Liquid cooling, light weight, and long range: a winning combination that sets electric motorcycles apart. Given lithium motorcycle batteries’ inherent light weight, this has a direct effect on the bike’s performance and is reflected in its impressive range. When in good hands, a motorcycle battery can also yield a long life span and storage capability. Lifecycles are longer than comparative motorcycle batteries, meaning yearly replacements are a thing of the past. Considering motorcycles often stay in the garage over winter only to be swiftly called into action again in spring, with motorcycle batteries it’s especially important to pay attention to quality. To help you make the right decision from the outset, we can support you in the customized development of high-performing lithium batteries for motorcycles.

The advantages of lithium motorcycle batteries:

 

  • Lithium batteries are unbeatably lightweight.
  • There is no memory effect with lithium-ion batteries.
  • They can be stored for a considerably long time with minimal capacity losses.
  • Lithium batteries can easily go through several thousand charging cycles.
  • Electric motorcycles can be charged in record time.
  • Li-ion batteries cannot leak as they contain no acids.

Customized Development of Motorcycle Batteries.

The range, top speed, and charging time of your motorcycle battery depend on your requirements. Whether coming in unique dimensions or for a niche purpose, e.battery systems is ready for series production. Our development team can adapt lithium motorcycle batteries to your specific requirements, whether that’s for retro motorbikes or sporty naked bikes. Our motorcycle batteries supply power for the starter, ignition, light, horn and more. They’re the beating heart of the electric motorcycle and ensure everything runs smoothly. The standard motorcycle batteries from e.battery systems can be universally implemented and can also be flexibly extended if required. The lithium batteries used are especially low-maintenance, high-performing and long-lasting. The era of acid batteries is over; sustainable motorcycle batteries are here to stay.

Motorcycle Batteries: What to Bear in Mind.

When it comes to your motorcycle, the type of lithium battery, voltage, or tolerance level is to a large extent down to you. There are however a few criteria that we discuss with you in advance prior to developing customized battery solutions. This includes aspects such as:
  • Capacity and range
  • Voltage
  • Dimensions and weight
  • Self-discharge and charge state during storage
  • Tolerance for overcharging
  • Temperature while in use