Savic wins Victorian Premier’s design award

SAVIC motorcycles have chalked up another impressive accolade for their Australian designed electric motorcycle, the C-Series, winning a prestigious Victorian Premier’s design award, exceeding all four criteria for the prize.

The Savic C-Series is Australia’s first emission-free, full-sized, electric motorcycle. Based on the classically beautiful café racers of the 1970s, the three model range combines exhilarating performance and minimal maintenance with the latest battery.

Designers Dennis Savic and David Hendroff’s mission was to create a head-turning motorcycle that would capture tradition, and embrace modern power conversion technologies.

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By introducing a lightweight cast-aluminium frame, the body integrates a bulky 80kg powertrain, without detracting from the fine lines and distinctive ‘racing’ style of an iconic 1970s motorcycle.

Established in 1996, the Victorian Premier’s design awards celebrate local talent. The awards provide an opportunity for businesses and the community to better understand the role of design in creating functional, safe and efficient products, services and spaces.

Bound by three principles, the awards seek to elevate the value of design and the role of professional designers, celebrate Victorian-led design and position Victoria as a design capital.

For the past 25 years, the awards have acknowledged excellence in eight fields of design – including architecture, product, fashion, digital, service, strategy, communication and student design.

Minister for Creative Industries, Minister Danny Pearson, said “The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards celebrate Victorian designers whose products, processes and projects from the past year have used design thinking to reshape and improve the way we live, work and interact.”

“Design is about problem-solving and finding new, innovative, more sustainable ways of doing things,” Victorian minister for creative industries Danny Pearson said.

“This year’s winners demonstrate the broad reach and impact of the Victorian design sector and how it touches all of our lives.”

Chair of the awards judging panel Celina Clarke also highlighted the importance of the key role design plays in creating a positive experience at every touch point and with every interaction.

“The Savic C-Series has been immaculately designed in every sense of the word,” she said.

“The attention to design details – from its elegant lines, handcrafted chrome and aluminium finishes right through to the design of their website and branding – it is clear this Victorian company is leading by design in everything they do.”

The judges were impressed with the potential of the Savic C-Series to fulfil the promise of ethical, pollution-free transport, with more than 80 per cent of the vehicle, including its frame and powertrain enclosure, made from fully recyclable cast aluminium.

“The Savic C-Series range represents the best of design and cutting edge-innovation in the state of Victoria. This is an excellent example of world class automotive design and clever engineering coming together to create a striking electric road bike,” the jury said.

“The iconic design language will help set this brand aside in the growing electric transport market and has the potential to further inspire the automotive design and manufacturing sector in Australia.”

Savic C-Series Electric Bike
Savic C-Series Electric Bike
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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