The COVID-19 pandemic brought massive impact, not only in Indonesia but also on a global scale. However, for Katalis Company, this does not stop us to innovate. This design studio which based in Fatmawati, South of Jakarta, Indonesia is utilizing our time to focus on our custom build of a Selis Garuda electric motorcycle.
Our Principal Designer, Julian Palapa’s vision in designing the Katalis EV.500 can’t be separated from his experience as an architect. Instead of maintaining the existing frame, he replaced the entire frame and swing-arm with new material made of series 6061 aluminum.
We think it is quite rare to have an electric motorcycle design that has a metal body. Electric bikes usually have a futuristic aesthetic and its very rare that an e-bike evokes a sense of nostalgia while fitting within modern times. Furthermore, the rider of this electric motorcycle is equipped with by various retro-style instrument panels, yet functional. From vintage voltmeter to light switch.
The Katalis EV.500 was also expected to be ergonomic so it seems to blend with the rider’s movement while riding the motorbike. It is like you are riding the bike, together with the bike.
According to the Head of Strategy of Katalis, Joseph Sinaga, Katalis puts forward three main variables in developing the EV.500. First, EV.500 must provide a sense of freedom in access to mobility for its users. Second, EV.500 must be able to provide happiness for the riders while riding it. As the third point, the EV.500 also offers a pollution free riding experience that helps protect the environment.
The EV.500 can become the blueprint for Katalis in developing the solutions of the future of mobility.