Danny Kim, longlife builder with passion for adventure and building simpler, and safer forms of transportation. Danny’s vision came to him after experiencing a near death experience, working under a 500lb chassis that nearly crushed him. He came to a realization–majority of the driving population, drives alone. The plan then became, cut the vehicle in half and balance it, making it convenient to zip around the city. C-1 concept was born, in February 2010 Danny founded Lit Motors and not before achieving a degree in industrial design and sustainable transportation, from Rhode Island School of Design.
C-1 top priority is safety, steel unibody chassis, reinforced doors, seat belts and airbags. The break through in technology is the gyro stability system, giving C-1 balance, preventing the vehicle from flipping or rolling over even when struck in an accident–it will still stand upright. Safety features also include mechanical backups, allowing drivers to steer or stop the motorcycle during time of system failure. This futuristic motorcycle operates on electricity, using lithium iron phosphate batteries, functioning with only 8 kWH. C-1’s small size allows it to run on small amounts of electrical currents, approximately needing 4-6 hours to charge and higher voltage charging stations, can juice up to 80% of its charge in less than 30 minutes.
Priced at $24,000,Lit Motors production of the C-1 hasn’t launched yet–currently accepting pre-orders with deposit amount. There is also talk about an off-road version being developed, dealing with off-road sports and inclement weather. Before entering the market, C-1 makes a change in Elctrical Vehicle (EV) category, introducing Auto-balancing Electric Vehicle (AEV). Unlike other motorcycles, C-1 has a convertible roof, permitting it to drive in any weather safely. Distribution date has not been set, it will be available near the end of production phase, along side this announcement is the international distribution plan.