Thai automobile designer Piriya Chitpranee invested 10 years in numerous positions for Honda R&D South East Asia, Tailg, Greenger Motors and Edison Motor business. In 2019, he decided to give up working for others to introduce his own business picking up that mainstream gamers such as Honda and Yamaha would introduce electrical two-wheelers in the early part of the next decade. His research led him to think that mass consumer approval for EVs in Thailand would start in 2023, which there was an opportunity for a startup with a premium product.
Having posted 4 sketches on Facebook of that of a scooter, cruiser and 2 different street motorcycles, the public vote came in favour of the ‘Spider’ motorbike which Piriya is looking for to give production in small numbers.
His proposition, the Spider, based upon an aluminium frame, is smaller sized than the Honda Rebel 300 at 2109 x 1093 x 820 mm with a wheelbase of 1453 mm, seat height of 675 mm, hoisted on 90/9021 R front tire and 150/7015 R rear tyre. Piriya says his bike would strike a leading speed 120 kmph and do 100 km per charge.
Piriya is aiming to raise money to construct a model. His timeline for the launch of the bike is 2021 with a sales target of 50 systems, and ramp up to 300 systems by2023 The lorry will cost about 200,000 THB (USD 6,500) and would be integrated in a leased assembly line someplace in the country.
Currently the only electrical two-wheelers in the Thai market are those imported from China. Piriya means to position his automobile as a pseudo cruiser above the Honda Rebel300 The ‘Sport’ classification volume, he predicts, would strike 15,000 units by 2023 and the Spider, he states, could represent 2.5% of the share.
You can head over to https://www.facebook.com/pariautomotoiveart/ to have a look at his work.