If you have $27,500 burning a hole in your pocket, you should check out the Twike by FINEMobile. The Twike is a hybrid “car”, combining traditional electric battery power with your own personal hamstring/calf/quadriceps/abdominal power. The idea is interesting: the typical hybrid braking-energy recapture, plus the ability to pedal energy into the battery while driving Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
We are inching towards a two-wheeled urban future with several new electric bikes out there, and we can add the Pi-E to the mix. Electrobike actually offers several powered alternatives to the car, all of which sport the distinct Pi-series arched frame.
The Pi-E is powered by plug-in electric (not my favorite alternative) for local jaunts to the grocery store, park or just a little town cruise. It’s also freeway-legal for those who want to test their courage. All you need to do is add the optional gas engine and you’ve got yourself a little Prius-like hybrid. But beware, it looks like you just strapped on a weedeater engine. And although you can ride it on the highway, I’d feel a lot more comfortable on one of the bigger motorcycles available for about the same price.
Come on, face it, if your reading this, you are most likely one of those humans, who snuck your ass into a McMansion loan, borrowed way way to much, with plans to flip that sucker. Now instead of flipping it, it’s flipping you, right into something called the Poor House! Hmm, am I right?
Your also most likely one of those office cubical grunts, who actually worked for the multi-national bloated mega banks who gave out all those worthless loans, to guys like yourself, hoping they could off load your dumbness to suckers like the bankers in Iceland. And to your bosses, you were just another number they needed to delete, so the big headed, speech vomiting U.S. Congress, would whip them out a tit, to enable them to suck the rest of us dry. I am so right, right? I thought so. So, now that you are bleeding red from every hole, you have to dump those blood sucking things you to be so smug about. Yes, I am talking about the Merc, the Bimmer, Ranger Rover, or what ever crotch stuffing device you bought to use as your vehicle.
It’s time to use that last $250 you found in the kids room to get yourself a vehicle that will set you free. Free from the pump. Free from looking cool ever again. Free from being able to pick up chicks who are endowed with perfect silicon breast. But most importantly free from ever having to shell out that gut twisting un-ending thing known as the monthly car payment. Now your cracking a smile, right!
What’s happening with the eagerly anticipated env? According to its website, the UK-created hydrogen cell motorcycle will be undergoing changes before the bike is ready for commercialization. What sort of changes? Most likely on the engineering side to make it “even better to ride and even easier to build”.
“But don’t worry,” assures the site, “the cool design won’t change.” Which hardly soothes this observer. It’s touted in the press as the “the first bike to be designed from the fuel cell outwards”, which to me means they designed the fuel cell and let the aesthetic take a back seat. Which explains why the env looks so funky. Kind of like a scooter. But I’ll cut them some slack here, since its “almost clearly clean” emissions are clearly the vehicle’s selling point.
What can I say, this Mission One Electric Bike really does kick my Ultramotor A2B Electric bikes ass. But I guess that isn’t really a fair comparison, because this electric bike really isn’t a bike, it’s more of a 150 mile electric monster, posing as a motorcycle. This thing even goes 150 miles without needing to be re-juiced. The bike showed up at the latest TED event, happening in Long Beach and is now all the buzz on the internet.
The bike was designed by a California start-up called Mission Motors, which has plans to build a limited run of 50 by next year at a price point of $69,000 each. I know what your thinking, if you take back your deposit on your long over due Tesla order, you could by two of these dream machines. Or better yet, if you get a bailout from the government, you can hold out for the Tesla and put a new deposit on a Mission One! Go for option two.
Why is it that all the sexy looking electric vehicles cost so freakin much? Can a simple electric motor and a few batteries really add up to $70K. If your not a bank CEO or a celebrity, you are just out of luck. The only electric vehicle most of us can even think of buying comes from Fisherprice, right?
Chanel, Christian Dior, YSL, Givenchy, Lacroix, Ungaro. Window-shopping at the Place du Vendome this morning made me realize the French are a tour de force in the world of fashion. But with the US dollar at an abysmal low, it’s prohibitively expensive for Statesiders to purchase anything. The other big impediment….size. (We all know that French women are considerably more petite than their US counterparts). But fear not, you can have your vol-au-vont and eat too. Explore the city while whittling your waistline with “velib”.
Intelligent Energy is set to revolutionize motorbike technology with its new ENV (Emission Neutral Vehicle) bike, the latest in a line of smarter new motorcycles that will be hitting the road soon. This thing looks like a souped up mountain bike, but there’s no need to pedal. It tops out at about 50 mph, and has range of about 100 miles – enough to get you to work and back pretty easily. Designed by award-winning British outfit, Seymourpowell, the bike looks easy to use. There are no gears, it has adequate suspension for offroad use and it just looks fun to drive.
Perhaps the greatest part of the design is the bike’s removable Core – a hydrogen-powered fuel cell that can be taken from the bike and used for electricity elsewhere. That’s right, Intelligent Energy is betting it all on the hydrogen future, and they seem uniquely positioned to re-shape the way the world thinks about power consumption with their motto “Clean power anywhere.”
Can “green” and “off-road vehicle” come anywhere near commingling, sentence-wise? I bet if you asked The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club or any other environmental org, they would say no. (Actually, it would probably sound more like “NO!!!”) The argument being that ORVs add unnecessary air & noise pollution, erosion and contribute to species loss, habitat loss and land damage (come on — anything that features an activity called “dune bashing” can’t be good for the environment.)
But if we’re looking at a lesser-of-two-evils factor (or if by chance you’re one of those earth-conscious off-roadies), you might want to check out what Zero Motorcycles is calling the fastest, lightest and cleanest dirt bike around.
“Mono” means “one” or “single”, while a “tracer” is — easily enough — a person who traces. That said, I don’t quite understand the name of Peraves’ new MonoTracer. I suppose the first part could be a reference to the “dry reinforced monodisc clutch” that’s mentioned on the manufacturer’s specs page, but I honestly can’t say I know what that means either.
But the mysterious moniker hardly detracts from the coolness of this futuristic-looking motorcyle-ish vehicle with a twist. The twist provides for car-like comfort and amenities with the traffic flexibility of a motorcycle. The 2-wheels and tandem seating design provides a slim body that allows for escape options in the event of a traffic jam, while the passenger area is enclosed like a car, providing a music-filled, climate controlled ride. According to Wired, it’s “a lot safer than an open bike, with stability control, seat belts, and stabilizer wheels that deploy like landing gear to keep the thing upright at stoplights.”
I’m not one of those people who likes to complain just for the sake of complaining. I’m much more solution oriented than that. So, after railing on the crazy three-wheeled Sidam Xnovo, I feel compelled to follow it up with my opinion of a better choice. And I choose the Vectrix ZEV.
In fact, if all goes according to plan, it will be my next vehicle. Why waste time going to the gas station when you can just plug in this baby and go? Called “the world’s first high-performance electric motorcycle with performance and style” and boasting a clean, efficient, electric motor, this speedy city machine has no noise or pollution and you’ll never need to change the oil.