This e-bike was initially announced in 2018, with a tentative 2019 delivery, but progress was delayed by a series of setbacks. In January this year, when we covered it, it was still a project surrounded in uncertainty and lacking exact specs, but at the very least, it was open for pre-orders.
The Tarform e-bike has been officially relaunched: the Luna is here and she means business. “The vehicles of tomorrow should be built to last, with the spirit of craftsmanship preserved. Vehicles should be built for upgradability and not obsolescence,” Taras Kravtchouk, passionate rider, industrial designer and founder of Tarform, says.
The Luna is a scrambler at heart, but it’s only immediately apparent in the design and total weight of 440 pounds (181 kg). It’s powered by a 41-kW (55-hp) PMAC electric motor and a 10-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with an integrated 3.3-kW charger. Range is estimated at around 120 miles (193 km) in city traffic, at low speeds, with regenerative braking taken into account. It’s not as much as with other premium e-bikes (Zero SR/F or Harley-Davidson LiveWire), but Luna aims to compensate for this with aesthetics.
The Luna can reach a top speed of 95 mph (153 kph), which, again, is not earth-shattering but is not that far behind direct rivals either. Zero to 60 (0-96 kph) takes 3.8 seconds, and the bike comes with three riding modes.
For the time being, though, here’s what Luna can do: through haptic feedback, it will alert the rider of incoming vehicles outside the field of vision. The seat vibrates and warns of vehicles coming from the side or the back, while the rear-facing camera will offer a look at what the mirror can’t see. Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated app allow the rider to see the ride at a later time, and improve on it based on suggestions and stat analysis.
The “Sonic Aura Acoustic Sound System” is another safety feature, though this time, it’s geared at pedestrians. It’s meant to warn them of the bike’s approach, when it’s traveling at low speeds and not making any sound.
Keyless ignition, standard 18-inch wheels (cast aluminum or spoked), a hand-built aluminum body, 3.4-inch round HD display and an 80 percent charge in 50 minutes, are also part of the package. To build the Luna, Tarform used vegan leather (made of kombucha and pineapple-leaf fibers), recycled plastic packaging, and biodegradable cornstarch plastic. Paints and primers could soon be replaced by mono material using algae- and iron-based metallic pigments.
Towards the end of the year, the base model will go into production, with deliveries scheduled for 2021. Pricing for a standard Luna starts at $24,000, which is higher than the $18,000 price tag announced earlier this year but still cheaper than the LiveWire.