Electric Motorbike Inspired by WWII Aircraft

The EV-500 has a retro style with analog instruments.


The EV-500 is a new electric motorbike from Indonesian design firm Katalis. The design is inspired by WWII fighter aircraft and built off of the Selis Garuda Electric Motorcycle. Which means they took your mom’s grocery-getter and wrapped it in 6061 aluminum to make it look like a P51 Mustang aircraft.

The bike is a “micro-mobility solution” built to adapt to changing societal lifestyles. Which means it's smaller, and electric. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, people, at least in Indonesia, have begun to change their lifestyles to focus on personal, societal and global health. The designers at Katalis see this as a further push from fossil fuels to electric power.

The EV-500 has a retro-style with analog instruments, like the voltmeter to the light switch.’The music on the sizzle reel sounds ripped from the Drive soundtrack, which I'm 100 percent okay with. 

The company introduced the bike in early April as part of Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS) Electric Vehicle Competition 2020. 

Next, the company will continue to innovate. They stress that even though many of us are under safer-at-home quarantines, we can still make, and innovate and learn. After all, if they can collaborate on a new custom electric motorcycle from home, we should all be able to at least write short stories for videos recognizing other people’s achievements.

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