Super SOCO just unveiled their newest electric motorcycle at the 2018 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. The TC Max fills the space between their existing lower powered electric motorcycles and higher powered Zero electric motorcycles.
Super SOCO TC MAX electric motorcycle
Shanghai-based Super SOCO already has two models of 45 km/h (28 mph) light electric motorcycles in their lineup. But now the company is targeting more aggressive riders with their new TC Max.
The TC MAX electric motorcycle has a peak power of 5 kW and can reach 100 km/h (62 mph). Theoretically, that means you could take it on the highway, but this is still better for urban commuters or perhaps country road cruising.
With 170 Nm (125 ft-lbs) of torque at the rear wheel, the TC MAX has some get up and go.
The belt-driven rear wheel should keep the ride nice and quiet, so you can enjoy the silence of an electric vehicle without the vicious chain noise.
Power comes from a 72V and 45Ah lithium-ion battery. At 3.2 kWh, Super SOCO says the battery should be enough to reach 110 km (68 miles).
The battery is about as large as it gets while still being removable. I tried carrying it around and while possible, I wouldn’t want to have to carry the battery too terribly far to my apartment for charging.
The Super SOCO TC MAX features high quality Brembo hydraulic brakes and a Combined Braking System (CBS). The CBS links the front and rear brakes, applying both with the pull of a single brake lever.
Mass production of the TC MAX will begin in the first quarter of next year, with the first deliveries in Europe occurring just a few months later. The TC MAX is already homologated for EEC standards in Europe, where it will cost €4,499 ($5,100) for the aluminum wheel version. Customers can pay an extra €200 ($228) for spoked wheels.
The TC MAX still lacks DOT approval for the US, but Super SOCO is working on it. So hang on, my American friends. It’s coming!
Super SOCO TC and TS electric motorcycles
Super SOCO also showed off their existing TC and TS electric motorcycle line.
TC on left, TS on right
These two models are a little more muted in the performance department, and are definitely city motorbikes. The TC can reach 70 km/h and the TS can reach 65 km/h.
However, both are limited to 45 km/h (28 mph) for the European market.
The TC and TS models both have ranges of 80 km (50 mi). Both models sport 60V batteries, though the TC has a slight capacity advantage at 1.8 kWh over the TS’s 1.56 Kwh pack.
The TC also has slightly higher torque measured at the rear wheel, with 120 Nm compared to the TS’ 110 Nm.
Both models feature Bosch rear hub motors. Again, the TC model edges out the TS with 3 kW of power versus the TS’ 2.8 kW.
The TC and TS electric motorcycles are already available for purchase in Europe, with over 5,000 sold already. The TC retails for €3,290 ($3,750) and the TS retails for €2,790 ($3,185).
Super SOCO is already in the process of obtaining DOT approval for the TC and TS models, so we hope to see them available in the US soon.
Super SOCO CU electric scooter
In addition to electric motorcycles, Super SOCO also showed off their line of electric scooters.
These 45 km/h (28 mph) scooters have a range of 75 km (47 mi) at full speed, thanks to a 1.8 kWh battery.
Power comes from a 1.3 kW Bosch motor that can actually put out 2.8 kW peak, which helps during acceleration and hill climbing. Torque is measured at 115 Nm (85 ft-lbs).
The entire scooter, including battery, weighs just 70 kg (154 lbs).
I think the TC MAX is an impressive electric motorcycle. It’s definitely not a superbike like the 155 mph SuperNEX that KYMCO unveiled yesterday, but the TC MAX has its own place.
With the price of an entry-level Zero electric motorcycle approaching $10,000, a 60 mph motorcycle for half the price is quite appealing.
And even though you can currently buy a 42 mph electric motorcycle for $2,500 in the US, that extra speed in the TC MAX is compelling. Plus, it looks more like a real motorcycle and less like a cheap Chinese knockoff.
With Super SOCO rushing to complete DOT homologation for all of their electric motorcycle models, we’ll hopefully get to play with these toys stateside soon.