Bolt M-1 Electric Bike Now Available For Pre-Order

BY Cameron Newland
Bolt M-1 Electric Bike

The $4,995 Bolt M-1 is something of an enigma. Though it’s ostensibly a 5,500-watt, 40MPH-capable moped-style electric bike that falls somewhere between a bicycle and a motorcycle, it’s also armed with an Economy mode that limits motor assist to 20mph and 1000W of power, which would mean that the bike technically complies with California’s laws to classify the M-1 as a bicycle. As a result, the bike technically doesn’t require insurance or a license to operate it on public roads in California.

Bolt M-1 Electric Bike

The bike is quite different from other electric bikes on the market. One of the most obvious distinctions is its weight: it’s heavy, weighing in at 140lbs. The M-1 has a moped-style steel frame with full suspension and is reminiscent of the Puch Magnum, the famous Austrian-built moped that features a U-shaped frame. The M-1 doesn’t rely on traditional 29″ wheels that bicycles use and instead has 17″ moped wheels, which support more weight (the bike lists its max carrying capacity at 350lbs). The bike’s 33-volt LiFePO4 battery is also much larger than most ebike batteries (1,680 watt-hours) and provides 50 miles of range in Economy mode or 20-30 miles of range in Sport mode.

Bolt M-1 Electric Bike

Only one day after the beginning of its crowdfunding campaign, the M-1 has already garnered $123,000 in orders.

Bolt M-1 Electric Bike

Though the M-1 isn’t a traditional ebike and will surely run afoul of vehicle regulations in many jurisdictions, it’s still quite interesting to see such a bike go on sale, as the M-1 might just launch an entirely new category of light electric vehicles.

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  • Eric Simpson

    If it went 60 mph i would be interested but my 600 dollar gas bike goes 40 and it feels slow for me as i am older than 12.

    • EUGENE C WOLF

      Why on earth would you need it to go 60 mph in the bike lane or something? As mentioned in the video, it is not a motorcycle (or a bike for that matter). It is not made for highway speeds of 60 or more. It is made to be convenient within the city.

      • Eric Simpson

        I get what your saying but as a man with blood still pumping through his veins I feel the need for speed. lol . Also I do not see the downside of having the capacity to go 60 mph. I know if it did they would sell more. I am not in the minority a lot of people like to go fast. Just because it can does not mean you have to drive like a asshole in the city natural selection will take care of the morons as it should. I never stated that I want to go 60mph in a bike lane you did so do not make assumptions you know what that makes you. 60 mph is for off-road use only . Another point is in most city’s traffic travels between 35 mph and 45 mph about 5 mph over speed limit on average . It is a lot more dangerous going slow on a bike in traffic. Why create a bike that can not keep up with traffic. The extra speed can get you out of a bad situation. You need to think trough your reply’s a little more. I do like the bike and see a market for these once the price comes down to about $2500-$3000 and if they give it at least a 50 mph top speed I see them selling like hotcakes or in todays world like smart phones.