It started with one question: "What would it take to make an electric moped?"
The M1 was created to solve Founder, Dr. Nathan Jauvtis' own challenges of getting around the city he loved. Living and working in San Francisco, he quickly realized that getting around the city was a real pain. His beloved classic VW Beetle was fine for getting out of the city, but parking and traffic were unbearable. On a bicycle, the hills of San Francisco made cross-town journeys impractical. Fed up with slow and unreliable public transit, Dr. Jauvtis re-discovered the classic mopeds of the 1970s and 1980s.
These mopeds solved real problems felt around the world, provided tremendous joy and were fantastically easy to ride. They did not require a special license or registration, but they needed constant maintenance. Powered by two-stroke engines, mopeds billowed clouds of exhaust, were loud, and often leaked as much oil as they consumed. Despite their fun, they were an environmental nightmare.
Over a cup of tea on January 5, 2010, Dr. Jauvtis was asked the question that would ignite his passion for two wheels, "What would it take to make an electric moped?" Monday Motorbikes was born.
Inspiration for Monday's award-winning design was drawn from the quintessential moped - the 1978 Puch Magnum. It rode like a small motorcycle, but leveraged the benefits of being a moped, namely no license or registration and great fuel economy.
What began as a project in a shed in San Francisco, grew into a garage workshop and is now a full size facility. The stellar team of thought leaders, passionate riders and doers now calls their Lab and Think Tank home in sunny Brisbane, CA.