2016 SFM MadAss E e-bike2

As living costs bite into consumers’ wallets, and traffic congestion becomes worse on a daily basis, many who commute to work on a daily basis are looking for low-cost alternatives to driving a car. One solution is taking mass transit, but that begets the problem of getting to and from the train station.

Riding a bicycle to cover that final mile has its advantages, of course, but also drawbacks, not the least of which is dealing with the Malaysian heat and humidity. German firm SFM might have the solution, with its Saxxx MadAss E folding e-bike.

Some might recall the Momos MadAss, sold here some years back as a 125 cc underbone (kapchai). Well, SFM have taken the basic chassis of the MadAss, slapped an electric motor and battery pack on it, and designed it to fold.

As reported by autoevolution, the SFM Saxxx MadAss comes fitted with a 1500 W motor that has a peak torque of 200 Nm. Weighing a not inconsiderable 48 kg, the Saxxx folds along a hinge on the swingarm pivot, and the double-seat folds over on top of the swingarm.

This allows the Saxxx to be wheeled along by the handlebars, which are also folded in to reduce its physical footprint and size. This also means storing the Saxxx is easy, since it doesn’t have an internal combustion engine with a flammable fuel tank.

Buyers have a choice between a 48V 20 Ah 960 Wh lithium-ion battery or a 48V 28 Ah 1,344 Wh pack, which gives the Saxxx a range of between 50 to 60 km. Charging time is claimed to be between six to seven hours. Braking is with a disc in front and a drum at the back. A storage pack is attached underneath the frame’s back-bone.

Rated speed of the SFM Saxxx MadAss E is between 25 km/h and 45 km/h, depending on battery pack. The Saxxx retails for 3,000 euros (RM13,871), and looks to be one solution as alternate transport to a car or conventional motorcycle. What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.