Lit Motors C1: Two-Wheeled Car Or Self-Balancing Motorbike? [w/Video]

A company called Lit Motors has been at work for the past few years (since 2012) on what they say is a new kind of vehicle – the C1. What they’re proposing is basically a self-balancing enclosed motorbike that actually works.

It’s still in early prototyping phase but as you will see in the videos below, the potential is definitely there. The exposed metal skeleton you see now will be covered up by an aerodynamic body which has apparently been styled “with input from major automakers.”

The C1 manages to stay upright using two large gyros on the bottom, spinning in opposite directions. They’re so powerful it can withstand a sideways impact from an SUV and not tip over, therefor theoretically making it safer than a narrow vehicle of similar design but with at least three wheels.

Power will obviously be all electric and what will differ from these basic mules is the addition of second seat. It will be placed in a tandem position, similar to what you see in a Renault Twizy.

The founder of the company, Danny Kim, hasn’t announced the official delivery start date, but they are accepting preorders and an price estimate has been made public – $24,000, not including possible incentives. According to a recent interview eHowTech did with Ryan James from the company’s marketing department (first video), they may begin production by the end of this year.

The C1 is not the only product Lit Motors is planning on selling – they also showed the Kubo Cargo Scooter which you can check out in the last video.


  • Gyro Malfunction Asphalt Below

    Much prefer the now defunct Carver. At least when all the power was lost the Carver still remained upright. It’s neat, but will have limited appeal.

    • Tinky-Winky

      It has a side stand that comes out automatically and don’t worry, nothing will happen to you in this metal cocoon if the bike falls over and probably the team is thinking about solutions for every safety issue, including malfunctions.


  • Sébastien

    C1… Reminds me of the BMW C1.

  • AlsoKnownAsRukh

    If this ever actually makes it to regular production I will be amazed. It just smacks of vaporware to me. Not intentional misdirection, mind you; the people involved in the company really seem to believe in their product, but it’s just such a moonshot. Whenever I see this it reminds of the Dale, the Carbon Motors E7, the Aptera, the yet-to-be-realized Elio, and numerous other vehicles that supposedly heralded the future but never arrived.

  • Two-wheeled car and motorcycle! Like Toyota has its three-wheeled car-like motor scooter… and there is a semi four-wheeled best of both worlds. See picture. What I wanna say, is that there is way more possible in terms of personal mobility than the been-there-done-that four-wheel car.

  • Wonder

    :/ I can’t trust a company that keeps prolonging its production date. I had a bad experience w this type of “preorder”.

  • D Brown

    I would love to have one of these but you can not get a concrete answer out of these people as to when they are going to actually deliver one .

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