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    Born To Be Mild

    The Intelligent Energy ENV (Emissions Neutral Vehicle) is a motorcycle like no other. The ENV (pronounced “en vee”) is the envy of some of the other H2 motorcycle, scooter and wannabe manufacturers for its power, range, quietness and sleek design, though it does face some stiff competition from a few other manufacturers.
    The ENV H2 motorcycle uses CORE cell technology, which contains the hydrogen and battery components in one unit and is removable from the motorcycle. The Intelligent Energy ENV, with its 6kW, 48 volt motor and 1kw fuel cell, has a top speed of 50 mph and a range of 100 miles. The speed and range are expected to be increased by the time the ENV reaches its production version.
    In order to reach peak acceleration, power is drawn from both the fuel cell and battery pack as needed. The ENV also uses disc brakes and a belt drive system for better control and traction. According to Intelligent Energy, the ENV is one of the first hydrogen motorcycles designed from the ground up rather than relying on previous technology.
    The Intelligent Energy ENV will most likely be the first H2 vehicle to be mass-marketed to the public. It is expected to sell for $6,000 to $8,500 when it rolls out. The Intelligent Energy ENV has missed the first rollout date in the latter part of 2006 and now, since they’ve partner with Suzuki they are supposed to rollout in the later part of 2007. The British company has also decided to move their headquarters to California, which has 16 hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state (and is expected to have 100 stations by the year 2010) in order to be closer to their target market.

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    Those electric motorcycles with their limited top speeds are fa more dangerous than plain motorcycles because everyone has to steer around them. Sometimes you have to get into the right lanes, such as when you're turning right, and a vehicle that cannot keep up in traffic is dangerous.
    Slower is not always safer, especially when all other traffic on the road is gong fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746
    The Intelligent Energy ENV has missed the first rollout date in the latter part of 2006 and now, since they’ve partner with Suzuki they are supposed to rollout in the later part of 2007.
    WTF?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Slower is not always safer, especially when all other traffic on the road is gong fast.
    Yr absolutely right about that Bob, I spend a lot of time riding my Bicycle, mainly on minor roads but when I need to get on the Hwy I have to exercise extreme care as with the example you provided, turning right.
    Now I dismount on the left and wait until there is no traffic before I head into a right hand lane to turn right.
    Trying to work my way across the road is going to get me killed, sooner than later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746
    The Intelligent Energy ENV has missed the first rollout date in the latter part of 2006 and now, since they’ve partner with Suzuki they are supposed to rollout in the later part of 2007.
    WTF?

    Still trying to get them up to speed so too speak

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    135mph on an electric bike



    2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, a race bike built by a tiny Oregonian company focused on pushing the limits of electric performance to the absolute max. It packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 into a package that looks like something out of a 24th-century Thunderdome.

    As well as superbikes, production bikes, Isle of Man also runs a race for electric bikes over the full course - 37.7 miles per lap. They missed out on winning the 10,000 UK pound bonus prize for an average speed of 100mph - maybe 2011?

    MotoCzysz wins the 2010 Isle Of Man TT Zero
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    Fastest, most challenging electric motorcycle race in the world

    The 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc was considered the favorite to win this years race and did so convincingly;

    New track record- 23:820 (96.820mph avg.)
    Fastest sector time- (every sector)
    Fastest through Sulby straight- 135mph
    Fastest recorded overall top speed- 140+mph
    Fastest over the grandstand finish line- 122mph

    The revolutionary MotoCzysz E1pc is leading the world in the race to create the next generation motorcycle.

    more at: MotoCzysz home

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    Those electric motorcycles with their limited top speeds



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    Electric Car

    Buckeye Bullet Electric Car Hits 307 M.P.H., a Possible Record


    In a plume of salt crystals, students from Ohio State University’s Center for Auto Research witnessed their electric-powered racer make history on Tuesday. The
    Buckeye Bullet 2.5 averaged 307.7 miles per hour in back-to-back runs on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, obliterating the previous record of 245.5 m.p.h., set in 1999.
    Barry Hathaway Roger Schroer, the Bullet 2.5’s driver, celebrates after the 307 mile per hour run.

    The team is awaiting certification of its accomplishment by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the governing body that ratifies world-record runs. A hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of the 2.5, the Buckeye Bullet 2, owns the record for its propulsion class, attaining an average speed of 302.9 m.p.h. in 2009.
    To a casual E.V. enthusiast, the record might have seemed a foregone conclusion, as the 1999 mark was established by a racer running nickel-metal hydride batteries, which pack lower energy density than the lithium-ion unit powering the Buckeye Bullet 2.5. However, David Cooke, Ohio State’s team manager, noted in a telephone interview that the original Bullet also ran nickel-metal hydride batteries in 2004 when its car hit 314.9 m.p.h. (That run was rejected by the F.I.A.)
    “The batteries we have now can generate way more power, though,” Mr. Cooke said.
    Barry Hathaway


    The team traveled to the salt flats primarily to gauge its new battery unit’s performance, designed by A123 Systems of Watertown, Mass. The 2.5’s chassis and body were repurposed from the Buckeye Bullet 2. “We knew it was a solid, extremely safe platform from our 2009 run, and we needed a test mule for the A123 pack,” he said.

    Given the 2.5 was merely a test iteration of the Buckeye Bullet, there will be significant upgrades between now and the eventual Bullet 3. “We’ll have an all-new chassis and body, and we’re considering four-wheel drive,” Mr. Cooke said.
    On Wednesday, the team tried to better its record but was thwarted when the 2.5’s clutch essentially imploded. “We were testing an overrunning clutch, and we had too much torque coming from the motor and it ripped apart,” Mr. Cooke said. “We tried swapping in our regular friction clutch to make another run, but it just wasn’t happening.”
    Barry Hathaway The team behind the Buckeye Bullet 2.5.

    The team’s 2.5 initiative was sponsored in part by Venturi, a French electric vehicle company, which produced 25 examples of a two-seat, 300,000-euro coupe called the Fetish during the last decade. The record run in the 2.5 was piloted by Roger Schroer, a “professional tester with the Transportation Research Center in Ohio,” said Mr. Cooke.
    “It says a lot to me that he was willing to jump into a car built by college students,” Mr. Cooke said. “We had an amazing level of mutual trust.”


    BUCKEYE BULLET l HOME Buckeye Bullet Hits 307 M.P.H., Possible Record - NYTimes.com




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    Electric MINI Scooter

    Mini has unveiled the first official images of its new Scooter E Concept - an all-electric scooter with Mini Cooper styling cues.

    Mini says the Scooter E Concept - which will debut at the Paris motor show in early October - has been aimed at young, style conscious, environmentally minded city-dwellers, with the aim of offering an "efficient use of space and driving fun" while still having the "smallest possible footprint" on the environment.

    There will be two distinctly different versions of the Scooter E on show - the first is retro-inspired and typically British, while the other is a more modern fluorescent-clad variant (which also offers seating for two - the retro version is a single-seater only).

    The styling of the Scooter E is clearly based on Mini's other models, with smooth, rounded bodywork and an oversized headlight (which borrows its look from the chunky Countryman soft-roader) dominating the front-end. As with four-wheeled Minis, the side mirrors can be individualised with a range of different covers.

    The rear gets a pair of miniaturised tail-lights, while an electric motor powers the Scooter E's 11-inch rear wheel. The Scooter's lithium-ion batteries are located behind the rider's legs, keeping the centre of gravity low.

    The Scooter E's battery can be charged in the same way as a mobile phone by simply plugging into a regular powerpoint. It can also be recharged when the rider is out and about. It's probably best to ask your friends before you up their electricity bill, though.

    Tech-lovers will be happy, with Mini making smartphones an integral part of the Scooter E's appeal. The Scooter E relies on its rider having a smartphone that operates as a key - so as soon as riders dock their mobile phone and switch them on, the scooter is ready to roll.

    There's a fair amount of storage on-board, too. Two compartments sit behind the windshield, as well as a clip-on holder that can accommodate umbrellas, sunglasses, and thermos flasks. For the keen Mini fans out there, there's also a set of tea cups tailored for the Scooter E.

    Not content to let Mini owner BMW hog the Paris motor show spotlight, arch-rival Mercedes-Benz will also add a new electric scooter concept to its stable.

    Its funky sub-brand Smart will launch its new E-Scooter concept, which blends a more futuristic look with plenty of gizmos and gadgets.


    The Smart E-Scooter has heated handlebars for those cooler mornings, as well as some pretty impressive safety kit, including anti-lock brakes, a rider's airbag, and blind-spot assistance.

    It also gets plenty of under-seat storage, and if you're a lone-rider, the Smart E-Scooter also has an optional luggage rack.

    The Smart version uses a smartphone as a speedo and heart-rate monitor.
    Mini's electric scooter | Mini launches Scooter E Concept.

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    ^ looks like the Lego version of a Yamaha Fino or Honda Scoopy

    Wonder what their range is, and cost v a standard little scooter

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746
    There will be two distinctly different versions of the Scooter E on show - the first is retro-inspired and typically British,
    It's easy to get Britain & Italy mixed up...

    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61
    looks like the Lego version of a Yamaha Fino or Honda Scoopy
    Indeed. It looks shite.

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    The world wasn't ready when Sinclair was around.



    1985 Sinclair C5 Electric Tricycle
    For ebay auction: PLEASE CLICK HERE
    Manufacturer: Sinclair Vehicles, Camberley, Surrey, England

    Sir Clive Sinclair was a very rich, eccentric genius who amassed a fortune in the manufacture of revolutionary- indeed visionary- electronic devices and products. These include calculators, watches, meters, pocket TV’s(1975), micro computers (1980), and home computers (1982- when computers were still in dedicated rooms).
    Like TV and computers, the idea of producing an electric vehicle had been a constant preoccupation for him. In the ’70′s, ecological issues were in the forefront, and the British government passed legislation that allowed electric-assisted cycles to be used without a license, as long as they didn’t exceed 15mph.
    Sinclair’s directors were critical of spending corporate money on this type of research, so Sir Clive sold a small fraction of his company shares which netted 12 million pounds for the cause. The chassis design was by Lotus, the motor by Polymotor, and the polypropylene body the largest one-piece injection moulding to date. After negotiations for the former DeLorean plant failed, the C5 was built in a Hoover factory in Wales.
    The much-publicized launch was an unqualified disaster. It was held in the middle of winter and the C5′s bodies skated on the snow. The press was merciless. Safety and Advertising Standards organizations got involved. Sales and production nosedived, and the company was wound up in October of the same year, with an unfazed Sir Clive out of pocket some 8.6 million pounds.
    Though the Sinclair C5 was a commercial disaster and only about 12,000 were ever produced, it has since achieved cult status and a vehicle in mint condition can now fetch well over twice the original retail price of £399.

    It was said to have been given to Sir Clive’s accountant – who did not want it and left it in storage for many years.
    A nice complete machine.


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    Turbine electric tech for Jaguar

    jaguar’s push towards electric and hybrid power relies on helicopter-like turbine technology that can run on almost any fuel. Jaguar and Land Rover are working on turbine technology that could provide additional driving range for upcoming electric vehicles.
    The technology, similar to that used in some helicopters, would see the miniature turbines fitted to future vehicles with the aim of using them to charge the batteries while the car is on the move, extending the usefulness of its electric driving range.
    The turbines represent a different direction to other car makers such as Toyota, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and others, which have employed regular petrol engines for their hybrid vehicles and upcoming plug-in hybrid cars (with range extenders).
    The miniature turbines are more efficient than petrol engines and can spin up to 80,000rpm and are relatively light (35kg each) and compact, as well as producing decent power for their size (75kW each).
    Crucially the turbine hybrid electric vehicle technology would give Jaguar a point of difference for its alternative fuels and environmental strategies.
    While Jaguar and Land Rover have not yet confirmed any production cars with turbine hybrid technology, they are dropping hints that it is a favoured technology.
    "Small micro-turbines ... are very interesting power units," says Peter-Carl Forster, the chief executive of Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar and Land Rover. "They're very compact. Manufacturing costs could be very low therefore we are very interested in that technology.
    He stops short of confirming the C-X75 will be produced; Jaguar insiders suggest the changes are slim.
    However Forster says some sort of hybrid is key to Jaguar's future and could form the basis to a future supercar.
    "If we were to do something like that certainly it would have to be a hybrid. Which one [hybrid]I don't know."
    The Bladon company that produced the turbines for the Jaguar C-X75 concept also has interests in bringing the technology to market.
    With funding from the UK government, Bladon is developing the turbines for automotive use recently announcing "a partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to develop a mini turbine fitted to electric cars that charges batteries on the go".

    Turbine electric tech for Jaguar


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    Electric Superbike

    THE WORLD’S MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED ELECTRIC SUPERBIKE TO BE UNVEILED AT THE SAN JOSE BATTERY SHOW IN OCTOBER
    Chip Yates, the American bike racer and engineering guru, is to officially debut his awesome electric superbike at The Battery Show, which takes place at the San Jose Convention Center, California on October 5th to 7th, 2010.
    The superbike, which will compete in next year’s FIM ePower and TTXGP Championships for electric motorcycles, has pushed the boundaries of electric vehicle engineering to new heights. Although a pure race bike, major OEMs and the wider EV industry are eager to see the bike in detail to fully understand some of the cutting edge technology that Yates and his Swigz.com Pro Racing team have developed. Having created the bike in complete secrecy, with 194 horsepower and 295 ft/lbs of torque, the motorcycle is easily the most powerful electric superbike in the world and represents a seismic advancement in any previously seen technology.
    Yates says of the project: “Developing a bike such as this is a major undertaking and we have had to push the boundaries of what the industry has so far been able to achieve. Unlike a car, a bike cannot simply take numerous high capacity batteries on board to improve performance and range, so we have had to harness highly advanced technology, including a bespoke KERS System (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), to make the bike what it is. The EV industry is looking at this bike with interest, and is increasingly looking to us for consultancy on other EV projects.”
    Although images of the bike have been issued in advance of the show, the team will unveil details of its highly secretive KERS system at the show, shortly after certain protective patents have been registered.
    James Reader, the show’s founder, says: “It’s an absolute privilege to have Chip and his team at the show. Showcasing this kind of ground-breaking technology is exactly what the show is all about, and the presence of the bike will be an enormous bonus to the attending press and visitors”.
    Visitors can visit the Swigz.com Pro Racing team at booth 2600, and the Chip Yates himself will be on hand to greet people and explain the technology and highlight the challenges and his team of aerospace and race engineers have overcome during the development process.
    For more information or to register for a press pass, please visit: The Battery Show 2010


    For information on the Swigz superbike, please visit: www.chipyates.com


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    ^ now I do like that one; saw the 3-wheeler Spyders at Sepang, would love to give a three wheeler (with two up front, not a trike) a go on some winding roads

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    yeah it would have some pace checked the web site for some prices just out of curiosity nothing there

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746 View Post
    Powered by a wank Hardley Ableson engine, so it'll probably disintegrate after a few miles.

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    ^ these days harleys have pretty strong motors not like the old days had to keep a shifter and screwdriver in your back pocket for when the bike broke.

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    Citroen Survolt

    Take a classically masculine electric sportscars like Citroen Survolt, paint it in the colors of life and you can surely bet on sure-fire eye popping ooh’s and aah’s! Yes that is exactly what Francoise Nielly set out on accomplishing and the end result was this Citroen Survolt Artcar with a paint-job to die for. Francoise used vivid fluorescent colors with gradually contrasting curves and sculptured borders to give the car a top to bottom make-over like never before.
    Apparently the full carbon bodywork Citroen Survolt having a tubular chassis, flat under-side and an extractor goes from 0-60 mph in just under 5 seconds with top speed of 162 mph. Talking about the vital statistics Survolt measures at 3.85m long, 1.87.m wide, and 1.2m high and weighs in at just 1,150 kg.
    All in all Francoise Nielly’s cosmetic paint-job for the Citroen Survolt would definitely rock the fashion parade of the automotive world, that is if there was ever one!


    2010 Citroen Survolt Artcar Is A Striking Cosmetic Face-lift To The Orignal - Auto Motto

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746
    an ex-tractor
    Is that Hardley powered as well?

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