The French-made Matra MS1 human electric hybrid vehicle is much more that just another electric bike. This light electric vehicle can travel 62 miles on batteries alone with a top speed limited to 30 mph so that one doesn’t have to get a motorcycle driver’s license to operate it.
In addition, if the rider wants to extend the range of the Matra MS1 then all they have to do is pedal. Besides being an ultra electric vehicle, the Matra MS1 is also a 9-speed bike as well.
Like any good hybrid vehicle, the Matra MS1 also comes with regenerative braking to help recharge the batteries. Recharging time on the Matra MS1 is estimated to be between 3 and 6 hours.
On the handlebars is an LED display that is the brains of the operation. The rider starts the vehicle by swiping a magnetic card through this device, which also tells the rider about how much of a charge is left on the battery. This is also an anti-theft option as a person without the card cannot operate the bike. Another security feature is the alarm, which is intended to deter would be thieves.
The bike, when it becomes available will cost around $5,000 so added security is essential. The Matra MS1 is also equipped with a set of LED lights for those who wish to travel at night.
Matra has been in the vehicle market for a while, designing cars for Renault and racing at Le Mans and in Formula 1 & 2 events. Matra, however, has gotten out of the car business and is now focused on creating green vehicles that everyone can ride and drive.
Though the Matra MS1 isn’t cheap, it certainly is a very green vehicle that will get you out in the fresh air and serve most of your in-town travel needs. If you speak French, you can find out more at the Matra Sports website.