About the C-1
What are the basic specs of the C-1?
The C-1 will have a top speed of 100+ mph (160+ kph), 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in <6 seconds, and a range of 200 miles (320 km) per charge. Dimensions: 800 lbs. (360 kg) curb weight, 112″ (2.8 m) long, 55″ (1.4 m) tall, 40″ (1 m) wide. As we are not yet at production, all figures are best estimates.
How does the C-1 stay upright?
The C-1 is self-balancing, using two gyroscopes to keep the vehicle upright when stopped. The C-1 has “landing gear” which are deployed when parked to keep the vehicle upright. The gyros are fully controlled by the vehicle, allowing the C-1 to lean itself into and out of turns, maintaining stability at all times. And yes, it has a reverse gear!
Is the C-1 electric? Does it use solar panels?
Yep! The C-1 is fully-electric, using high torque, direct drive, in-hub motors. This allows for a smaller, simpler body and quick, efficient driving. Since the C-1 is so small, solar panels would not generate much electricity. However, we’re looking into that option, if it can be made cost-effective.
What are the safety features of the C-1?
Safety is one of our top priorities with this vehicle. The C-1 will have a steel unibody chassis with reinforced doors, seat belts, and multiple airbags. However, the most important safety feature is our gyro stability system. This will keep the C-1 upright even in a collision, preventing the vehicle from flipping or rolling. All critical systems are double- or triple-redundant, with mechanical backups to allow the driver to steer and stop the car even in a catastrophic failure of all systems. This includes the same “landing gear” that keeps the C-1 upright when parked.
How much will the C-1 cost?
The C-1 will cost approximately $24,000 USD, without tax incentives. With current tax incentives, this could be as low as $19,000 for California drivers. Check with your local tax/licensing agency to determine tax incentives in your area.
Will I fit in the C-1?
We designed the C-1 to accommodate drivers from 5’ to 6’3”—however, we’ve had people up to 6’5” fit comfortably in our prototypes. The C-1 was not designed for a specific weight limit; the motors are quite powerful, so weight should not be an issue.
How much cargo can the C-1 hold? Can it carry a passenger?
In addition to the driver: the C-1 has enough space for an adult passenger and a small bag, or about the same amount of cargo you can carry on a plane (roller bag, briefcase, a few bags of groceries).
What can you tell me about the battery?
Batteries are not our core technology; we’re using the best available technology, and designing to be able to easily integrate new technology as it becomes available. We’re currently using lithium iron phosphate batteries. Because of the C-1′s small size, we only need an 8 kWh battery pack, which is supplemented with our patented KERS regen braking system, giving another virtual kWh. Charge times will be 4-6 hours, depending on charging voltage. The C-1 will also be able to use higher voltage quick charge stations, giving an 80% charge in less than a half hour. As with all EVs, the battery pack will eventually need to be replaced. However, since it is 1/4 – 1/10 the size of a typical EV battery pack, the replacement cost will be much, much more affordable.
Will the C-1 be able to handle inclement weather? Off-road?
Because the C-1 is all-wheel drive and has our gyro stability system, it will handle as well as, if not better than, any other all-wheel drive car in inclement weather. And we have an off-road version in the works!
What options or features will be available for the C-1?
Exact details will be released as we near production, but the C-1 will have climate control (heat+A/C), fully operable windows, a moonroof/convertible option, direct drive in-hub motors, center-hub steering, full cloud/smartphone integration, premiere sound system, and many more!
Is there a warranty? Where will I go to service my C-1?
We will have a dealership and service network across North America and the world. Details concerning that network and our warranty will be released as we near production – but rest assured, we will stand firmly behind our vehicle.
How would the C-1 work with my commute? How would it save me time?
The C-1 is the ultimate urban driving solution. Since the C-1 is classified as a motorcycle, it allows you to lane split, ride two abreast in one lane, use the HOV lane, use motorcycle parking, and the many other advantages motorcycles have. We estimate it will cut most commute times by up to 50%. If you live in the city, this could be your primary vehicle: easy to park and slip through traffic, with services like Zipcar, Getaround, or traditional car rentals available when you need a larger vehicle or an extended road trip. If you live outside the city, this could be your primary commuting vehicle, with a larger “family car” at home. This allows the commuter(s) in the family to travel in, around, and out of the city easily and efficiently, saving money and time every day.
Is the C-1 street legal? What kind of license do I need?
Yes, the C-1 is 100% street legal. At first, a motorcycle license will be required – but you can take that test in the C-1. We are working to have the C-1 recognized as a separate class of vehicle.
When will the C-1 be available in my country?
Exact details of our international distribution plan will be released as we near production. However, we are currently accepting pre-orders, which will be available to import to your country. Currently about 1/3 of our pre-orders are from outside the US.
What can you tell me about EV incentives?
Curious about electric vehicle incentives in your locale? This list is not comprehensive, but a good place to start—and we’ll continue to update it with more countries as we research further. Don’t see your country listed here? Did we get something wrong, or miss an incentive? We appreciate your help—please let us know!
United States – Up to $5000 tax credit
Arizona – Reduced license tax, tax credit for installation of charging outlets, HOV lane usage, carpool parking space usage, reduced rates from Glendale Water & Power (GWP) and Arizona Public Service Company (APS).
California – HOAs must allow condo owners to install charging equipment, HOV/HOT lane usage. Additional local incentives:
Hermosa Beach – Free parking at silver-poled meters for maximum time limit.
Northern California – Reduced charging rates from PG&E.
San Diego – Reduced rates from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
San Francisco Bay Area – Free charging in San Francisco, incentives towards purchase of new PEV and charging equipment.
San Joaquin Valley – Rebates of up to $3000 for qualified residents of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD)
Santa Monica – Free metered parking for maximum time limit.
Delaware – Grid-integrated EVs may receive kWh credits. We’ll announce more information about how the our vehicles could work with this as we near production. Want more? Contact your local representative!
Indiana – Reduced charging rates from Indianapolis Power & Light, charging equipment vouchers from Duke Energy and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Want more? Contact your local representative!
Michigan – Rebates for charging equipment from Indiana Michigan Power, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy; reduced rates from Indiana Michigan Power, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy. Want more? Contact your local representative!
Australia – No EV incentives. Contact your local MP!
Czech Republic – Road tax exemption.
France – €7000 bonus at purchase.
Greece – Exemption from registration tax.
Ireland – VRT relief up to €5000.
Japan – Up to ¥250,000 subsidy.
Monaco – €9000 subsidy.
South Korea – Tax breaks up to ￦4,200,000.
Switzerland – Incentives vary by canton; see more information here.
What will shipping costs be? Will you deliver outside of California?
We will have a dealership and service network across North America and the world – details will be released as we near production.
Didn't BMW already use the name 'C-1'?
Yep, they did (as did Chevrolet, Citroën, and a variety of others). “C-1″ is just a working name for our vehicle; it will change as we near production.
About Lit Motors
Can I visit Lit Motors? Do you offer public tours or test drives?
Unfortunately we do not currently offer public tours or test drives. We may offer this in the future – keep an eye out for updates!
Are you a publicly-traded company? How can I invest in Lit Motors?
We are not currently a publicly-traded company, though we may move in that direction in the future. Due to federal regulations, we can only accept investment from SEC-accredited investors. If you qualify, please see more information on our AngelList profile and contact us if you have further questions.
Are you hiring?
We’re currently seeking a select few specialized, experienced engineers. See more information on our careers page.