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Old 03-31-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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I found this interesting. When will see one on a MH ride?
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:10 AM   #2
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I dont think we ever will. They weigh way to much. Yeah 200+HP is nice, but on a bike that is 600 lbs. All the ion batteries get heavy and get expensive. Crash that bike and there goes $20k in just batteries.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:18 AM   #3
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:30 AM   #4
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its all still under development, i think they've done great so far..
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The range for electric bikes is very short. At least in Houston, where all the good roads are an hour out of town, that limitation would kill it.
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I dont think we ever will. They weigh way to much. Yeah 200+HP is nice, but on a bike that is 600 lbs. All the ion batteries get heavy and get expensive. Crash that bike and there goes $20k in just batteries.
When people watched Star Trek in the sixties they probably thought we would never have a hand held computer that let us communicate with one another (Cell Phone). Okay the stun gun part doesn't work but you know what I mean. Never say Never. The Zero bike is just under 10000. Prices will drop as demand increases.
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The range for electric bikes is very short. At least in Houston, where all the good roads are an hour out of town, that limitation would kill it.
True statement. It is changing though. I talked with Laura Spanjian the Sustainability Director for the City of Houston and recharge points is something they are working on. She was give a budget of 5 million this year for electric vehicles. Recharge points and buying vehicles like the Leaf. In a few more years it may not be a problem. According to her Houston wants to be on the cutting edge for electric vehicles.
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True statement. It is changing though. I talked with Laura Spanjian the Sustainability Director for the City of Houston and recharge points is something they are working on. She was give a budget of 5 million this year for electric vehicles. Recharge points and buying vehicles like the Leaf. In a few more years it may not be a problem. According to her Houston wants to be on the cutting edge for electric vehicles.
They need to install one near 149
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