Yes, the Bultaco brand is back, and just unveiled a new electric motorcycle, the Rapitan. The new Spanish firm plans a complete range of electric motorcycles from 16 hp (12kW) to 80 hp (110 hp).
The new Bultaco grew out of the LGN TECH Design team, which raced an electric bike in the first World Electrical Motorcycle Championship organized by the FIM in 2011. It is based in Madrid where its Innovation Centre is located, but has a new factory in Barcelona, next to the former Derbi factory. Bultaco claims to have access to most of Derbi’s ex-managerial team and network of suppliers.
Bultaco plans a whole range of electric motorcycles around its in-house developed electrical propulsion system, from 16 hp (12kW) to 80 hp (110 hp). The regenerative braking system works with both ultra-capacitors and the lithium battery.
So far, Bultaco has unveiled the Rapitan and the Rapitan Sport models. They both develop 53 hp (39 kW) and 92 lbs-ft (125 N m) of torque. The lithium battery (capacity unknown) is good for a 125 miles range in the city, and 68 miles at a 75 mph speed on the highway. Weight comes in at 416 lbs. (189 kg). Bultaco says that the first production models of the Rapitan should arrive at the end of the year. It remains to be seen if they can deliver as promised, and some of their objectives seem a little over-optimistic: Bultaco plans to produce 1500 bikes by the end of 2015…
We welcome the return of Bultaco and this new addition to the European electric motorcycle industry, and wish them great success!