A Hybrid Motorbike-car ‘Lit C-1’ to be on sale by end-2014, bookings open

Lit C-1 - FrontView

We’ve already posted an article on electric cars and electric bikes, but this is the first time we’ve seen a vehicle that combines elements of the two. It has been designed by Lit Motors based in California. Surprisingly, a group of scientists have announced that by the end of 2014 it might make into production. Beside this, Lit Motors is also developing cargo scooter and foldable scooter for transportation of goods.

This vehicle is named ‘Lit C-1’. The Lit C-1 is technically a motorcycle, as it runs on two wheels, but has a chassis that looks a lot like a smart car. Hence described as a ‘motorbike-car’. The C-1 stands for Codename and the company has also given nick name of C-1 as ‘Rolling Smart Phone’, not only because of its innovative navigation systems, but also because it has a built-in gyroscopic stabilizing system designed to prevent the C-1 from tipping over, even in some collisions. This is a similar technology used by Segway scooters and the recent Honda UNI-CUB.

The technology allows drivers to sit and use a steering wheel, as in a car, but allows the C-1 to stay perfectly balanced, even at slow speeds or a standstill. The secret to the balance are the gyroscopes under the floor, which spin rapidly in response to electronic sensors to keep the vehicle balanced at all times – even, says Lit, if the vehicle is involved in a collision.

Gyroscopes, which harness the unique propensity of a spinning flywheel to stay upright, have been used for some time for stabilization, including on aircraft and on cruise ships to reduce roll caused by waves. However, this will be one of the most unique applications to date, potentially enabling drivers to switch to smaller vehicles which offer the benefits of a bike with the comparative safety of a car.

Lit C-1 - RearView

The C-1 uses electric drive and offers a battery pack capable of 200 miles (321 km/h) from a single charge, as well as reaching a top speed of over 120 mph (193 km/h) – far faster than most electric cars available on the market today. It offers various connectivity options such as H2C, H2V, V2V, and V2I because of which the vehicle and rider both can stay alert about the traffic & adverse weather conditions and design their route accordingly.

While the C-1 is still in the test phase, Lit Motors hope that they will have the vehicle on the road by end-2014 and it’s already offering pre-orders on the website from $250, although the final price of the vehicle is unclear it is expected to cost $16,000 (Rs. 9 lakhs approximately).

For more information and book your Lit C-1 click here


Also see – Snaefell Laverda Sidecar Project


See the official video of Lit C-1 street test drive –

  • dude_creative

    9 lakhs ?? that is the main drawback in this, ppl wont buy

  • bharathautos

    In India expect government to announce subsidy for electric vehicles in near future…

  • Yash Patel

    u will not get more success in india….people will like to buy a maruti suzuki alto instead of your this model in 3,50,000 rs….no will like to spend 9,00,000 rs for just a single sitter vehicle….
    you are saying that you have made this for indian road…but it can not be run in india properly…make some corrections and assumptions in your model…

  • Akhil Jain

    Even i am also waiting for C-1 in India desperately, but the biggest issue is cost of this Bike. According to their official website it cost USD 25000 means approx 16lac INR…
    and if i am talking about government subsidy, toh guys solar panels k liye toh 100 mein se 10 ko he approval milta hai baki bache 90 logo mein se 80 toh plan he cancel kar dete hain or baki ko 100% khud he pay karna padta hai. toh i can say govt. can’t do anything…

  • Hey Akhil Jain, the Lit C-1 project is silently dismissed and appears to have been abandoned, as the Lit Motors website only mention of Lit Kubo, that too directs to a blank page. Also the pre-ordered amount of the C-1 was refunded to the respected customer without penalty.

  • Akhil Jain

    what, the project is dismissed…. but why??
    C-1 is actually looks like a future bike, and undoubtedly cost is the biggest issue but still i was dreaming to ride the bike… 🙁

  • A high-speed motorcycle crash left its founder Danny Kim bed-ridden for six months, and he has only recently resumed work. Now the unconfirmed reports states that the C-1 project isn’t scrapped yet, but the production-ready prototype will only be out in next 24 months.

  • Akhil Jain

    ohk… can we expect this kind of futuristic bike in coming 2-3 years by any of our Indian auto company e.g. Maruti, Tata, Mahindra… and most importantly in budget??

  • Lit Motors head-to-head competitor is Feet Forwards Motorcycle. Its models include all-electric E-Tracer, X-Tracers and Zerotracer the MonoTracer-E MTE-150. As far as India is concerened, the Pune based company, Tork Motors is working on fast electric motorcycle and also checkout yet another Bangalore based start-up – http://bit.ly/295vulv

  • Ashutosh patel