Scoot! Magazine is asking all scooter riders out there if Wheego, an electric vehicle manufacturer, should build an electric Lambretta GP200e scooter or not. Their tagline is “Brilliance or Sacrilege?” and we tend to stick with the brilliancy part, but we’ve come to find that there are people who not only support this idea and would eventually buy such a scooter when it will hit dealerships (because sooner or later, it will) but even go ahead and put together a “TOP FIVE REASONS AN ELECTRIC LAMBRETTA WOULD BE BRILLIANT”.
Click on our source to read the respective top and finally go ahead and email Wheego to tell them you’re the first to buy such a vehicle when it will be launched.
It might seem that some things are there to look the same for ever and ever, but life is no fairy tale and as things are evolving, people are trying to reinvent the past with what they got on their hands now. For instance, Brammofan has come up with a very interesting way to promote the famous Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle with excellent results. People are sending in Photoshop creations such as the “Enertiaryder” and the “Terminator Enertia” as part of a contest that they have going on. Any ideas from you?
Orange County Choppers was commissioned by Siemens to build an entirely electric motorcycle in order to raise environmental awareness. Given the New York-based custom motorcycle builder’s tradition of building noisy and very spectacular choppers powered by a good old V-Twin engine, Siemens’s proposition might have sounded a bit unusual at first, but it was a challenge waiting to be taken.
The end result was unveiled yesterday at the Time Warner Center by Siemens and Paul Teutul Senior itself and we must say that it looks as good as any other OCC creation so far, if not even better, given the futuristic tendency.
But while the looks aspect is discussable, the incontestable fact is that the 27-horsepower electric motor from Advanced DC powers the Siemens electric chopper to a 100+ mph top speed. The six batteries take five hours to charge and supply the bike with electricity for around 60 miles, which is quite decent.
OCC built the Siemens bike in a single month and it is all on tape and scheduled to air on TLC on Thursday, October 22 at 9PM.
Siemens plans to take their bike on a worldwide tour in 2010 and then auction it and donate the money to "a charitable cause that will help benefit the environment." Yes, that means you can even end up owning it if you’re a man with deep pockets and the fact that OCC says that it currently has no plans to mass produce an electric chopper until demand is here, makes this creation even more unique.
See a video from the event and read the Siemens press release after the break.
The BMW Halbo concept looks like the kind of bike you can take with you in vacation. Yes, it is small and this makes it fun, efficient, but also very dangerous to ride, at least from where I’m sitting now. Actually, designer Pierre Yohanes Lubis claims it only takes up half as much space as your average bike.
That is due to some innovative construction methods such as the engine being an integrated part of the full-sized front wheel. At the back, you get a whole different scenario: the tiny spherical wheel is mounted on a moving arm that is supposed to balance the bike.
Addressed to "eco-minded young individuals," we can suppose it features
an electric motor, but why would anyone want to hit the streets on such a bike? Sure, it can be efficient at work places where you have to move a lot (and where workers currently use bicycles) as long as companies are willing to pay the price (currently unknown), but it looks too risky for the streets.
Maarten Timmer is a Delft design graduate that seems to have discovered the perfect recipe to really promote electric motorcycles. The whole idea is to drift further away from petrol-fed motorcycles as a result of using a dynamic look, which is incomparable to that of the, indeed, much cheaper and faster gas burners.
His project is called VertiGO and is anything but regular. There’s a space where the tank would normally be on a classic supersport motorcycle and the seat is suspended, allowing this electric bike to stand out as a unique alternative in a world of fairly similar two-wheelers.
Although not completely radical, the bike’s slightly futuristic and yet totally realizable design is allowed by the small battery packs and motors that can be placed very low in the chassis, achieving a favorable center of gravity as well as a feet-forward riding position.
While we’re aware of the fact that electric bikes are gaining more and more terrain on the market, the "bang for the buck" still makes the rules in this industry and that’s why we are not witnessing an amazing growth of the electric segment just yet.
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is creating a new race series for electric motorcycles starting 2010. The news comes after the recent success of the world’s first zero-emissions motorcycle race at the Isle of Man and the two are seriously connected because the man behind this project, which will be part of the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, is Azhar Hussain, organizer and founder of the TTXGP.
The MotoCzysz E1pc has been finalized, photographed and it is now ready for the TTXGP electric motorcycle race at Isle of Man. The pictures reveal the fact that only 6 of the 10 battery packs are exposed (3 on each side) and that the bike uses an iPhone for a dash.
The final step of the building process leaves us with an opened mouth and the Brammo TTR with shaking wheels. Also referred to as the D1gi1al Superbike, this is one electric bike that the world of racing has long expected, the journalists speculated about and which only needs to get on the track in order to prove that it means business. June 12th 2009 will be the day of truth!
The MotoCzysz E1pc has recently been spied during tests undergone at Portland International Raceway, USA. With zero emissions and achieving 120 mph in around seven seconds, the bike, which is powered by three electric motors and runs all of them in the following videos, will race in the world’s first emission-free road race, the TTXGP, which is scheduled to take place on June 12 at the Isle of Man.
Brammo has been recently testing their TTR prototype which will be raced at the 2009 all-electric Isle of Man TTXGP and took the opportunity to shoot two teasing videos which not only show that the bike can be fast and look aggressive (note that it doesn’t get the final touches yet), but sound unbelievable good too. We’re simply amazed by the two rather fast passes and the sound that they’re accompanied by!
Today, May 1st, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Europe’s Quantya Track all-electric dirt bike faces the Zero X, America’s top electric motorcycle in a showdown as never before. During the half time show of the AMA/Maxxis MiniMoto Supercross race, five bikes from each manufacturer will go head to head in quiet dirt-spreading action towards the finish line.
30 pounds lighter and 69 per cent more powerful, the Zero X starts as a favorite, but the Track is sure to give it a hard time which is precisely what the crowd has gathered for.