Heavy metal thunder? Maybe not. But clean and “green” for sure. Zero Motorcycles, a start-up in Scotts Valley, Calif., is steering motorcycle technology in a different direction by going all-electric. The company's motorcycles run on 50-pound, lithium ion batteries, averaging 45 to 55 miles on one charge. SmartPlanet visits the company's manufacturing operations to see what's inside its bikes.
Zero Motorcycles: An all-electric ride
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Heavy metal thunder? Maybe not. But clean and “green” for sure. Zero Motorcycles, a start-up in Scotts Valley, Calif., is steering motor...
Jun 19, 2011
btw the battery is supposed to be extremely high quality and last for at least a couple thousand discharge cycles before significantly reducingkral oyun
Riding a motorcycle, you truly are "one with the machine". You shift your body dynamically in subtle and not so subtle ways as you ride in and out of turns and handle bumps and grinds. The sound of the engine and the vibration of the bike are compelling sensory clues serving as real-time feedback. I'm sure you can quickly adapt to riding an electric motorcycle, but it would definitely be a new game. Even at slow speed, the wind would drown out what little noise is made by the motor. The stated range would work well for me with my 25-mile per day commute. But will that range decrease dramatically over the course of a year or two with the number of discharge cycles? How long does your laptop last on a charge after two years of use? If it lasted 3 hours when new, it likely lasts under an hour after two years of use.
45-55 miles on one charge? Not enough. I wouldn't even consider it for less than 100 miles/charge. Nice concept though.
In the 70's I had an 'Auranthetic Electric Motorcycle' (Google this) made in Burbank, CA. It was fun to drive to work and back but had to be charged each way because of the 35 mile range. Increase the range and make it affordable and you might have a winner!
Price it right, get it to a range of 90 miles, and I would use one to commute. Today! 50 miles is just not enough range to make to make it a reasonable option, but it does step in the right direction.
Only left-brainers and show-off greenies will buy this till its engineering gets better. Did we all miss that mention of its 0 to 60 time? Horsepower? Its low-end torque? Top speed? Handling? Did you notice that when it went whining by, it was always coming down off a hill to gain that apparent speed? This is a product awaiting an enabling technology: A 5X-power battery; a 5X the horsepower engine. And perhaps it awaits reporters whose intros don't hope to "educate us" that internal combustion engines contribute to pollution. Even in motorcycles? Naah, they're too cool. Thanks for the revelation.
Nice try, but the range will have to greatly improve from 45 -55 miles between recharges.... Either battery capacity or engine design will have to become more efficient to create a better bang for your buck.
I have an opinion, but I see no need to comment other than to say let the market rule in innovation. I am an editor and I would probably put the Passive House story as a LEDE, since it seems to be the most likely innovation to sell.
I understand the importance of people believing in green products, tho I true believe the engineer expertise of the motor cycle is to create new an exciting technology for the future. If you look at the individual parts of the battery and lubrication I will gaurentee the product will have unfriendly results to the environment. The understanding of great technology is really for those who want to promote green advancement. They value is truely on how au some the cycle will be to right with the freedom of gas. Finally the funniest thing which I want to put out I front of you is, the battery station will replace the gasoline station were people will replace batteryfor the different electric all motor vehicles. The next break through of this technology will be battery companies agreeing on a specific shape and design to better service customer for quick batty change at the battery station "bat station"
I think this company is headed in the right direction. We have now allot of hybrid cars and totally electric cars all apart of going green. Personally i think the Zero is headed in the right direction and could very well be a bit of a sample of things to come. All for the environment. Good Job Zero
Just cause it's electric doesn't mean you would be any less "one with the machine" though i t would be different. On a bicycle you're even more "one with the machine" and that has no motor.. btw the battery is supposed to be extremely high quality and last for at least a couple thousand discharge cycles before significantly reducing i'm pretty sure but it costs almost 3 grand for a new one :(
It's zero to sixty is on par with a 250cc but with a lower top speed. Electric motors are all about low end torque much better than gas. Right now it costs way more than a 250 so only "show-off greenies" with money of course will buy it, but what about when gas is 10$/G? It's not about trying to match the power of gas, it's about being more economical that will make it successful. The attitude you talk with is like everyone has plenty of money and would only buy a motorcycle for fun and recreation. What about practicality?
I agree the battery must have a large impact on the environment as will the electricity perhaps depending on the source, but compared to the amount of gas used over the lifetime of a gas bike it may not be so bad. I don't know about the lubricants since it hardly uses any compared to a gas. Whats so funny about battery stations replacing gas stations? Btw you need to work on your grammar and flow, you're all over the place and I can barely read your comment..