10kWh, 13 horsepower and a curious name: the Dayi E-Odin

The Chinese manufacturer Dayi has announced its latest Norse-inspired electric two-wheeler, the E-Odin, with 10kW and 10kWh.

Dayi Motor E-Odin

Dayi has announced the E-Odin, but rather than Yggdrasil, this new Chinese bike hangs from your wall, via a charging cable. 

That goes without saying, really, considering the name, but the author only has so many opportunities to use their (limited) Norse myth knowledge, and only a limited amount of creativity with which to do so. 

Will the E-Odin be the ‘Allfather’ of electric bikes? Well, it is hardly the first, and it is unlikely to be the most powerful. On the E-Odin’s webpage, Dayi quotes a 10kW (13.4 horsepower) output for its 125cc-equivalent electric. Considering those which already exist, from the likes of Energica and Lightning, it is fair to say the E-Odin is outgunned, ironically this time by older ‘gods’. 

There are two saving graces for the E-Odin on the naming front. Firstly, it is less poorly-named than the Dayi E-Thor, a small electric scooter which, far from having the ambition to kill Jormungandr, puts out 2kW and reaches a top speed of 25kph. 

The second positive for the E-Odin on the naming front is that it is at least part of the death of combustion motorcycling. In Norse mythology, Odin was a God who would cause conflict and play with the balance of power, and certainly the movement of electrification is shifting the power balance in motorcycling. In motocross, in fact, the recent media tests of the Stark Varg confirm that the benefits of electric power on dirt are strong in comparison to combustion bikes.

But, the E-Odin’s place is on the asphalt, rather than the dirt. But, even here the movement to electrification is strong, especially with the recent vote of the European Parliament to end combustion sales by 2035

So, where does the E-Odin fit into the electric market? Well, it is unclear, because as yet the price is unconfirmed (Motorrad speculates at 4,500 euros, which would be around £3,800) and neither is the bike’s availability. 

However, we do know some details. Alongside the 10kW motor, the lithium-ion battery’s capacity will be 10kWh, meaning the bike will have a range of 210km, or 130 miles. The E-Odin will also feature CBS, and a “high resolution LCD dashboard,” according to Dayi. Furthermore, like the anticipated RevoNEX from Kymco, the E-Odin will feature a multi-speed transmission, with three gears available, and the lighting will be done via LEDs.