Finnish company Verge Motorcycles is preparing to produce one of the unique electric motorbikes ever to hit the market. Called TS, the motorbike has a unique feature: a hubless rear wheel.
In an interesting video from the excellent Fully Charged Show, which you can watch above, you can get an overview of the TS’s performance, mainly how Verge has managed to fit the “heart” of the bike into a single wheel.
The hubless design of the TS is both simple and complex. The electric motor is housed inside the rear tyre. The swingarm supports the central part of the system, and the outer part turns as if on rails.
The rim is also equipped with electromagnets that, when driven by the motor, repel each other so that the outer part of the rim rotates and moves the bike forward.
And although it is unusual to see a wheel with a hole in the middle, this design serves two purposes: improving cooling and reducing weight.
In addition, the lack of a chain, belt or gearbox makes the TS extremely efficient, according to the company – the motor delivers a remarkable 107 horsepower and an insane 1,000 Nm of torque.
As for the other specifications of the TS, it reaches a top speed of 180 km/h and has a range of 300 km in the city and 200 km on the motorway.
As you can imagine, the bike is not cheap. It is priced at $23,681, but that is not unreasonable for the first motorbike. Production is starting this year, so hopefully, we will not have to wait too long before holding it in our hands.
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