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- Manta5 hydrofoiler XE-1 E-bike for the water
- Operating time should be 60 minutes
- Prototype is being tested in New Zealand
- opinion poll
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With the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1, a new e-bike for the water is in the starting blocks.
The water e-bike is powered by pedals and a supporting electric motor.
This is what the vehicle looks like on land.
With this graphic, the manufacturer explains how the e-bike works.
A three-stage driving aid is intended to make gliding on the water easier.
At the moment it is still a prototype.
The first series copies should be delivered by the end of 2019.
The Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 is available for pre-order for $ 7,490 on the manufacturer’s website.
The prototype weighs 29 kilograms.
Speeds of up to 20 km / h should be possible with the water e-bike.
After an hour the battery has to be plugged in.
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Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 – E-Bike for the water
Manta5 hydrofoiler XE-1
E-bike for the water
An e-bike that you can glide over the water with? That’s right: just such a vehicle is in the starting blocks with the Manta5 hydrofoiler XE-1.
Admittedly, the vehicle presented here is not necessarily a motorcycle. To be honest, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 doesn’t even have two wheels. So what is this vehicle doing on motorradonline.de? Quite simply: we just couldn’t withhold this partially electrically powered vehicle, with which you can glide over the water, from you. Above all, the moving images shown in the video left a lasting impression on us. And when it is in the water, the water e-bike is reminiscent of a two-wheeler because of the seating position – just on a different surface.
Operating time should be 60 minutes
Similar to an e-bike, riders have to pedal for the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 to start moving. An electric motor can provide relief if necessary. The driver can choose between three levels. In the water, the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 is at least visually reminiscent of an e-bike. However, if you take a closer look at the entire vehicle, the assignment is a little more difficult. The lower half of the bike in particular is reminiscent of a mixture of jet skis and the rear of a boat, including the propeller.
Up to 20 km / h should be possible with the water e-bike.
At the front, the developers have also attached a construction that should ensure a balanced balance on the water and also keep the waves off. The 460 watt electric motor should enable speeds of up to 20 km / h. Of course, the electrical components, including the battery, are packed watertight. Speaking of batteries: according to the manufacturer, the 22 Ah lithium battery can be removed within seconds. The manufacturer specifies the maximum operating time as 60 minutes. Charging should take just under five hours. A head-up display is also included, showing the battery status, speed, distance covered and driving mode.
Prototype is being tested in New Zealand
Incidentally, the manufacturer opted for a modular vehicle structure. This should give buyers the opportunity to upgrade their water e-bikes afterwards. It should also make transport by car easier. Manta5 promises to have further equipment upgrades and new components in development. Incidentally, the manufacturer has expressed itself about the biggest obstacle in the development of the Manta5 hydrofoiler XE-1. Accordingly, the greatest challenge was to shape the water e-bike aerodynamically. According to their own statements, it took a lot of attempts to ensure buoyancy and thus prevent sinking. Theoretically, underwater starts should also be possible. When not in motion, the water e-bike does not go under, but tips over to the side. The bike must then be raised under water. Then the driver has to pedal to get back to the surface. It should not only be clear to proven fitness fans that this will not be easy. It didn’t always seem to work during the test drives. Starting from a jetty or from the bank should be easier. Nevertheless, it certainly takes some practice to be able to handle the ordinary watercraft.
The first series copies are to be delivered from the end of 2019.
The copy presented here, which incidentally should weigh 29 kilograms, is still a prototype. The prototype was tested in New Zealand. According to the manufacturer, the development should have taken seven years. But by the end of 2019, the first series copies will be delivered in limited numbers. The water e-bike can be pre-ordered on the manufacturer’s website for $ 7,490.
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