Jaguar Land Rover has invested in electric motorcycle manufacturer Arc through its InMotion Investment fund.
The UK motorcycle company was founded by former Jaguar executive Mark Truman and recently unveiled its very first model in the form of the Vector.
The bike utilizes a lightweight carbon-composite structure and a battery-module monocoque to limit weight while matching the stiffness of MotoGP bikes. Additionally, the Arc Vector incorporates carbon fiber front and rear swingarms, bespoke Ohlins dampers, and Brembo brakes. All up, the Vector weighs 220 kg (485 lbs), roughly the same as more traditional ICE sports bikes.
Power for the Vector comes from an advanced electric motor and battery pack that allow the bike to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.1 seconds before topping out at 120 mph (193 km/h). The bike is also capable of travelling roughly 200 miles (320 km) in urban use and 120 miles (193 km) on the highway.The Vector has also been designed to work seamlessly with an advanced helmet that includes a heads up display.
“For Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, this is about being a technology leader in a disruptive environment,” managing director in InMotion Ventures, Sebastian Peck, said of the investment.
“Our mission is to develop an expanded footprint for Jaguar Land Rover in the brave new world of premium mobility. We understand the power of emotional connection and creating really desirable objects, so we see natural synergy with Arc. The Vector is an incredible development in the next generation of motorcycle travel.”