Right here’s much more proof that Lightning is for actual.
Final week we reported on the modern California startup Lightning Bikes, which, in contrast to lots of its would-be opponents, seems to be truly constructing actual bikes. Lightning has now confirmed that it’s certainly within the strategy of shifting operations to a brand new facility in San Jose.
In accordance to a press launch, Lightning is beginning its transfer away from its earlier dwelling base in San Carlos to a a lot bigger facility in San Jose, about 30 miles away. This facility is 5 instances bigger than the San Carlos workplace, which seems like precisely what Lightning wants if it’s going to develop into changing into a full-fledged bike builder.
“This bigger constructing offers Lightning with the flexibility to dramatically develop manufacturing of the LS-218 Superbike, in addition to an in-house design studio for designing future Lightning merchandise, elevated analysis and growth capabilities and extra workplace area to accommodate the increasing Lightning crew,” says Lightning’s press launch. This information, together with the photographs we noticed on Instagram final week that appear to point out a small manufacturing line, appears to verify that Lightning is severe about increasing from a design and analysis agency right into a reputable producer.
Please excuse our excessive skepticism and nice shock that Lightning is definitely following by on its guarantees. It’s not you, Lightning. It’s us. We’ve seen so many related tasks that promise the whole lot and ship nothing that we’re significantly jaded by now. The Arc Vector, full with its HUD helmet and haptic jacket, appears too good to be true and is just too costly for almost anybody to afford. Vigo already did not fund its bike as soon as and is desperately searching for anybody and everybody to put money into them. And don’t get me began (once more) on Rosa Motor Firm’s Kirby jet-powered flying bike that may’t presumably ship on its guarantees.
Lightning’s Richard Hatfield has, admittedly, faltered on observe by with earlier tasks. Nevertheless, this growth to a bigger facility and truly beginning to construct the LS-218 halo bike paves the best way for Lightning to observe up with cheaper, increased quantity fashions. They definitely have the area now.