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Introducing the C-1, the world's first gyroscopically stabilized rolling smart phone. This vehicle combines the efficiency and freedom of a motorcycle with the safety and convenience of a car. Offering the alternated to alternatives on an exciting and safe platform, the C-1 transforms your daily commute into something to look forward to.
Read More: http://litmotors.com/c1/
This old Vespa scooter converted into a desk brings to life similar emotions. It has been designed by David Giametta who used the frame of the genuine 1968 Vespa Piaggo scooter and mounted a laptop over its handlebars, and placed a few books on its back seat.
I have been reading about Electric Cars and they seem the smarter option these days, but then when I hear about Electric Bikes landing up on the market every other day and it makes me wonder - Does the joy of going green actually replace the adrenalin-rush of riding a gasoline powered motorbike? Can the steady, gentle thrum of the electric engine match up to the music of the throttle?
How the people react and the path they tread, only time will tell. But here's taking a look at the options that the EV Motorbike market has to offer us…
The solution to traffic jams and rising fuel prices comes in the form of the electric tricycle from Trikke Tech based out of California.
This EV Trike comes with a patented 3-wheel cambering (leaning) that makes it very stable as it does top speeds of upto 16mph and it can cover 24 miles on a single charge. It's foldable design makes it easy to transport or store and it's batteries can be easily replaced and fully charged for about 15 cents a go. Read More: http://www.trikke.com/ev/consumer.html
As 2011 draws to a close, the environment for electric vehicle adoption remains positive — despite a dramatically altered political landscape, which could result in reduced federal financial support for pilots or individual purchases moving forward, and battery safety concerns raised by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), related to several post-crash fires caused by lithium-ion batteries.
The 7 trends that will drive EVs in 2012 are:
#1: Would-be buyers will have far more choices in 2012.
#2: Prices will remain high for electric vehicles.
#3: Real estate companies and parking lot operators will continue to install electric vehicle chargers as a service.
#4: More businesses will install chargers.
#5: Wireless charging technologies will get wider testing.
#6: Models will emerge for vehicle-to-grid electricity distribution.
#7: Safety issues will get closer scrutiny.
Green Lord Motors is a Japanese electric vehicle company. The Green Lord trike is brightly colored, appropriately boxy, and looks like a giant toy.
It also goes on sale in 2012 and will go just over 25mph, which is exactly the right speed for something on three wheels.
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Peter White, Chairman of Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Automobile Division was in talks with Indian Transport Portal where he spoke about the development of the Indian Auto sector. White stated that as compared to China, US and UK markets India has about 15 cars per 1000 people. China has 37, while UK has 525, and US has 828 per 1000.
India needs to improve their roads, infrastructure and vehicle management. He also stressed the need for bringing in more fuel efficient vehicles and vehicles that run on bio-fuel or electric vehicles into the country. Speaking of REVA electric vehicle, White said that it was a perfect example of a low cost city vehicle. The Government should offer subsidies for REVA so as to boost sales and use of this low carbon fuel efficient vehicle.
He spoke of the growing awareness of tackling environmental issues and the need for users to accept recycling, use of bio fuels in the generation of electricity, for transport and agriculture. One should not wait for climate changes and drought or floods to sit up and take notice. With the growing awareness for green vehicles, the world is bringing out more electric vehicles and India too should consider these options so as to compete with established players in the field.
T3 Motion, Inc. has announced the launch of a pretty cool-looking “power sports electric vehicle”.
The vehicle has an operating cost of less than 1 cent per mile, can go 400 mpg, has a “hot-swappable, plug-and-play battery module design that allows continuous vehicle operation without the downtime normally associated with the charging process” and is 100% electric. It charges in less than 3 hours and can go 25-40 miles per charge. It also comes with a camera/GPS option.
California is becoming an epicenter for electric vehicle innovation and jobs. Businesses in the state collected $467 million in electric vehicle venture capital investment during the first half of this year, or 69% of the global total, according to a study by Next 10, a nonprofit founded by Silicon Valley venture capitalist F. Noel Perry.
California also is now tied with Michigan, the traditional center of the U.S. auto industry, in the number of patents filed for electric vehicle technology. Both states generated 300 patents for electric vehicle technology from 2008 to 2010.
Globally, California trails only Japan and South Korea in electric vehicle patents and leads other nations, including Germany, Taiwan and France, Perry said.
Recently revealed by the Boxx Corp, the "one meter" machine – it's about 39 inches long – is an all-wheel-drive electric commuter scooter that uses its small size and shape to its advantage. Weighing in at 120 lbs, it's portable enough to bring inside for charging and storage. The aluminum bodywork conceals two compartments said to be able to handle a couple bags of groceries.
Speed is limited to 28-35 miles per hour which seems plenty fast, considering its size. Range is given as 20 miles in standard mode, 40 with Eco setting engaged and there is an optional battery upgrade that doubles those numbers. Charging takes four hours, but again, there is an upgrade that can reduce that to one.
The company is now taking orders for delivery in 2012. Price is set at $3,995.
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Toyota and Yamaha show that just like cars, bikes can be electrified, Wi-Fi connected, and shared. The three-wheeled EC-Miu and the electrically power-assisted Pas With bicycle are designed to work with the Toyota Smart Center, an advanced smart grid energy-management system. Commuters will be able to recharge these e-bikes using the same G-Station charging stations used by electric vehicles. Embedded Wi-Fi capability will give riders a way to use smartphone-based navigation and telematics services.
The manufacturers went one step further and modeled how electric bicycles could be integrated in city-wide bike-sharing programs, creating a mashup of Daimler's electric Car2Go program in San Diego and Paris' Velib project.
Yamaha’s latest (revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show) is the 220 mpg (188 mpg US), 80 kg, 125 cc cruiser called Y125. It features a quiet belt drive system, feather-weight aluminum frame, & ultra light-weight brakes.
Yamaha’s Y125 is just a concept, at this point.
E-Canopy is a three-wheeled scooter. Honda envisions the all-electric trike primarily for personal use, though the large optional trunk may also make the vehicle ideal for small delivery businesses that may need to cover short distances. The large, plexiglass windscreen should help keep the driver fairly dry in light weather, though the lack of passenger seating may be a problem should the E-Canopy ever make it to production.
The bike looks like a race-bred superbike at first glance. The bike is based on a 250 cc chassis. Powering the bike is an electric motor which seems to be bolted at the pivot point of the rear swing arm while the batteries reside under the bike itself, all tucked in neatly to blend in with the aerodynamic profile.
The front features two LED headlights again tucked inside the fairing. The front and rear suspension setup includes twin USD forks upfront and a mono-shock rear setup while brakes are from Brembo. The wheels are shod with semi-slick rubber.
Suzuki's Q Concept is configured for two adults in tandem fashion, or an adult up front with two kids in the back. Suzuki says the Q is part car and part motorcycle. With a range of just over six miles, the Q isn't much of a car, but it could make a nice runabout for city-dwellers.
The Xenon features a 40,000 watt motor powered by a custom lithium-ion battery system, which propels the bike at a top-speed of 100 mph over a 100 mile range (based on speed and weight) The bike also has 32-inch hubless rims and OLED light tape, all for $55,000.
Making its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011, this new suitcase scooter invokes the departed spirit of the old Motocompo foldable scooter, and calls itself the MOTOR COMPO. The MOTOR COMPO’s total length and height are under 1 meter (39”), which makes it super compact. It also features a removable battery specifically designed to be used as an emergency power source in case of disaster.
Ryno Motors' innovative, short distance commuting vehicle 'Ryno' is 100 percent emission free as it utilizes electrical energy for powering its wheel. It looks like a two wheeled motorcycle slashed half. The single wheeled, 100 percent electricity based bike is designed for a single person to travel short distances. The unique feature of this green machine is its self balancing system. The bike utilizes electrical energy by means of Li-FePo4 batteries, with no emissions. It can reach a top speed of about 25 mph and on a full charge, can travel up to 30 miles, thus suiting intra-city commute. The batteries recharge fully in 1.5 hours. The company is currently working on its pre-production vehicles which are priced for $25000. The production vehicles are expected to be available for $3500 by next year or later.
Honda Enters Electric Superbike Arena with RC-E Concept.
Honda appears to be poised to jump into the fray with the RC-E which Honda will have on display as one of seven Next-Generation Electromotive Concept Models. The RC-E, which according to sources, would incorporate Honda’s already established electric motors from its Hybrid automobiles has the potential to set the burgeoning electric motorcycle market on its ear.