Our source referred it an electric scooter, but to us, the Katalis EV.500 is an electric bike, through and through. But truth be told, it was once a scooter. Maybe it still is, but that superlative look is definitely not one would expect of a scooter. But whether it is a scooter or motorcycle, it matters not.
What matters is, this designed and fabricated in Indonesia electric two-wheeler is remarkable in the aesthetic department. It has the Neo-futuristic vibe with a tinge steampunk flavor and a hint of cafe racer’s silhouette.
Absolutely adore the raw panels and exposed rivets, and the clever use of battery master key for engine on/off and the jet fighter flip switch for the headlight on/off.
Katalis EV.500 started its life as a Selis Garuda which is essentially an electric bike/bicycle hybrid. The company behind it, Katalis Company, ditched the original frame and swingarm in favor of custom 6061 aluminum items.
Powering the EV.500 is the original 500W motor paired to a 48V 12 Ah battery. The setup, assuming it has not be tweaked, affords it with a top speed of 35 km/h (22 mph) and a range of 35 kilometers (22 miles).
Katalis EV.500 was entry from an electric motorcycle design competition held by the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). Now that IIMS has been postponed due to the global pandemic, the Katalis EV.500 was revealed online.
If we read it correctly, Katalis EV.500 is a collaborative effort between Katalis Company and Indonesian architect Julian Palapa.
Images: Instagram (@katalis.co).