Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 12, 2010
Commuting in a car here in the United States just plain sucks. Not only does it suck the fun out of your waking hours, it sucks the good air right out of the atmosphere (or releases bad air… whatever, semantics, and that doesn’t work as well for my lead).
Matra Manufacturing and Services may have an answer to your Commuter Sucking Blues. (Which is far different than the Toe Sucking Blues). Matra MS, formerly a motor sports design leader with their hands in Formula 1 and Le Mans, has come out with a line of Light Electric Vehicles consisting of high-performance electric bicycles and quadricyles, available in Europe this spring for around $5,000 USD.
Designed specifically with the city commuter in mind, Mantra’s flagship is the creatively named MS1, an electric-powered bike with a range of 60 miles after a charge time of three to six hours. The bike starts by swiping a magnetic card, which also illuminates the LCD display on the handlebars, showing the speed and remaining mileage. But even if you should happen to run out of juice, which is prolonged by the regenerative braking system, you can still get yourself home with good old-fashioned pedal power.
Though it could go faster, the MS1’s governor is set to 30 miles per hour, so the owner won’t need a driver’s license to do circles around all those idling cars. Besides, according to Matra, cars only average 18 kilometers an hour in city traffic anyways. And though I have no idea how many miles per hour that really is, it seems like they’re implying the MS1 will keep up. Either way, it should keep the commuting blues at bay.
Unless, of course, it rains.