Thursday, 22 October 2009

Electric Motorbikes


Electric Motorbikes have improved in the last few years.

Scooters; The Electricycle city 5.oL+ has a 5,000W engine and 60V 60AH Lithium-ion Batteries, you can reach a top speed of 60 miles/hr and keep going for an amazing 85 miles on a single charge!
You can carry a passenger on back and attach any standard carry box, to help carry your load. There is space under the seat to fit most helmets and with its roller mechanism, getting it onto its back stand is a easy. It can be classified as a 50cc moped, allowing it to be ridden with a regular driver’s license. For those who want to take advantage of speeds of up to 60 miles/hr, an unrestricted version, 125cc moped, is available. Its £3,995.

The vectrix does 62 mph, acceleration 0-50 mph 6.8 seconds, the range is 68 miles @ 25 mph. Its loudest noise is the high-pitched hum as it speeds up and the whirring from its special regenerative braking, which can recharge the battery and increase the bike's range.

Neal Saiki invented the Zero S Supermoto, the electric motorbike can go from 0-60mph in around five seconds, and can be recharged from a normal domestic plug point. Around £8,000 in the UK and a maximum range of 60 miles per charge. They claim that "less than an eighth of the CO2 pollution per mile at the power plant than a petrol-powered motorcycle."

Honda is investigating electric motorcycle technology with plans to launch its first such machine before 2011, an electric Cub. I want one of those, I used to have a cub, I took it to France.

If your up to a bit of DIY, theres the Vespa e conversion kit, get an old petrol one and electrify it.

The Mission One will hit 150mph and has an average operating range of around 150 miles. Power comes from a liquid-cooled, three-phase AC induction motor that puts out 100lb-ft of torque via a single-speed transmission. Its £47,178 unfortunately.

Brammo Enertia 60+ MPH range 42 miles
The Enertia is partly made from recycled materials, the powercycle itself can be recycled at the end of its primary life. A 520 mile trip will only cost an estimated $4 in electricity, made in the USA it costs $12,000 (£7,000 approx).


Join the many others who have plugged-in to the E bike revolution and go green!


Glenn said...

I've wanted to get a vectrix for quite a while now... but the Mission one looks awesome!

My main obstacle would be charging - would have to have a 'solar-shed' with a wind turbine in the garden to recharge it :D

Adrian Windisch said...

Best to stick panels on your roof, they are too expensive, may get stolen or damaged from a shed.

You could get green energy from someone like ecotricity.

rajco said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u