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Old 01-10-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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There are a few great electric bikes out there (Roehr) for one. The issues with any electric is distance and infrastructure. But it sure would be nice to ride one.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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Nobody doubts Electric cars and bikes are usefull....but everyone forgets this one little tiny tiny issue....

It takes anywhere from 8 to 15+ hours to charge the current electric cars availible from a 110v standard outlet. While that might work for tootling around town any type of long distance drive is out of the question...and what happens when you want to run an AC compressor or a heating element, or even headlights? Now my drive time is cut drastically and only adds to a longer charge time. , at that point just get a bike that get's 40mpg already...You're already freezing and easily killed by other cars..at least it only takes a minute to refuel.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:22 PM   #5
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Nobody doubts Electric cars and bikes are usefull....but everyone forgets this one little tiny tiny issue....

It takes anywhere from 8 to 15+ hours to charge the current electric cars availible from a 110v standard outlet. While that might work for tootling around town any type of long distance drive is out of the question...and what happens when you want to run an AC compressor or a heating element, or even headlights? Now my drive time is cut drastically and only adds to a longer charge time. , at that point just get a bike that get's 40mpg already...You're already freezing and easily killed by other cars..at least it only takes a minute to refuel.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:38 PM   #6
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...but everyone forgets this one little tiny tiny issue....
Nobody "forgets" it. Everyone is quite aware. But everything is rapidly changing. There is a plant virus that can be used in batteries that makes it last 10 times longer, with as much power throughput.

Battery power technology, is changing at a rate much MUCH faster than combustion engine carb/EFI rates ever did. Same with prices, and weight.

We are at the point of "56k dial up"....I would say. so expect some big breakthroughs real soon!
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Ya the battery power technology used on that bike is 1/10th as effective as the battery power technology available to high end market.
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Nobody doubts Electric cars and bikes are usefull....but everyone forgets this one little tiny tiny issue....

It takes anywhere from 8 to 15+ hours to charge the current electric cars availible from a 110v standard outlet. While that might work for tootling around town any type of long distance drive is out of the question...and what happens when you want to run an AC compressor or a heating element, or even headlights? Now my drive time is cut drastically and only adds to a longer charge time. , at that point just get a bike that get's 40mpg already...You're already freezing and easily killed by other cars..at least it only takes a minute to refuel.
Yeah it sucks now, but I'm glad people are interested and spending the money. In 10-15 years(if that long) the technology should be advanced enough to interest me enough to buy one. I'm not big on that 'green' at all, but if after battery changes, electricity costs, etc. . . are cheaper than fossil fuel competitors and meet my needs then I'm looking.
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That and, has anyone else driven an electric sports vehicle? The power band is sick, just imagine if you had a ZX14's torque and a the high-RPM power band of a 1000 BMWSS ALL THE TIME!
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That and, has anyone else driven an electric sports vehicle? The power band is sick, just imagine if you had a ZX14's torque and a the high-RPM power band of a 1000 BMWSS ALL THE TIME!
direct feed from throttle to wheels
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Ya is really sick, I got to drive a small electric sport car a few years back in Cali that had a 4 second 0-60, it was intense.
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Very nice.. I've been in some very impressive hybrids, but never straight up electric. That would be a fun ride.
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Have you guys ever heard of the drag-bike KILLACYCLE? Quite a few vids on youtube..

The interesting thing about electrics is that they have the most amount of torque, at ZERO rpm.(and as the other poster had stated) a direct throttle to tire response. Extremely linear input, and powerband/acceleration levels.
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