As a follow up to yesterday’s post, we wanted to take you on a video journey of the Smart eScooter being built. It’s pretty amazing to see everything come together.
Smart Car recently announced a plan to release an electric scooter in 2014. The electric scooter was originally unveiled in 2010 along with a plan for a Smart eBike. The electric versions of the ForTwo will launch this summer and delivery of the Smart eBikes is getting started soon.
Jose Hurtado’s hubless twist bike is definitely a site to see. Not only is it extremely cool looking, but it can also be attached to another one to make it a tandem. Not sure if any of you have ridden a tandem bike before but it’s a lot of fun. Working together with the other rider, or not, is half the fun. Take a look at some of the images below so you get a better picture of how the technology works. It’s really simple and incredibly detailed.
Created by Filippo Barbacane, the Ipothesys is a modern take on the classic cafe racer. Winner of the first prize at the International Bike Expo in Verona, this machine is ready for mass production. At least, we’re ready for its mass production. For now, there will be a small number produced. Aside from its sleek look and mean design, we wanted to share some of our favorite features:
We are always on the lookout for new concepts and this week’s featured bike is the FB R2000S. Based on the BMW 1200 GS, the R2000S is equipped with 3 independently suspended hubless wheels. We could keep talking about it but the pictures really say it all. Check them out and let us know what you think by commenting below.
We are always on the lookout for new innovative motorcycle designs and this week none stood out more than the Lazareth Wazuma V8F. Though it has configurations that are very similar to a trike, the V8F comes with four wheels. Aside from it’s peculiar design, there is a very unique power train inside of it. A very famous Italian automaker you’re probably familiar with, Ferrari is responsible for its 3.0-liter V8 engine that produces more than 250 horsepower. The engine is also mated to a BMW M3-sourced six-speed sequential gearbox. From the looks of it, Lazareth did not cut any corners when it came to technology.
Now, who’s ready to ride?
As you know, we are always on the look out for new innovations in the world of “green” transportation. Recently, we found the Tilter, a fantastic creation by French entrepreneur, Eric Rose. The Tilter is an all electric, motorcycle-car which provides the driver with a top speed of 68 miles per hour and travels 0-60 in 13 seconds. A fully charged battery lasts for about 80 miles so the driver has some room to roam around town. Mass production of the Tilter should begin in 2012. So get ready, you may be seeing this 3 wheeled beauty zipping around pretty soon.
This scooter looks fit enough for Batman but in actuality, it’s made for people with a little less extravagant taste in transportation. Though it looks like it could protect the Dark Knight during the craziest of high-speed pursuits, it’s really designed to protect the environment.
The armadillo like shell you see in the picture is filled solar panels. Designed for city dwellers, the scooter has a range of 12 miles and reach speeds of 30 miles per hour.
The bike is currently a concept but Barcelona-based design firm, Guimeraicinca, may have come up with a breakthrough idea for powering electric scooters. This retractable shell allows for maximum exposure to the sun, resulting in quick and efficient charging. For now, this seems like a great option while we wait for EV stations to become more common.
There aren’t probably many of you out there that wouldn’t love to own a Porsche. Whether you have or haven’t owned one, there is no mistaking their ingenuity. Porsche has now applied their car building expertise to bicycles, with the release of the Porsche Bike RS and S models. Both bikes are said to be lavishly comfortable, making your short commutes both helpful to the environment and luxurious.
The S model is a toned down a bit with a 11 speed Shimano Alfine IGH gears.
Both models come with anti-theft features and the very best technology from the bicycle racing world. The bikes will be available in small, medium and large sizes and the final price is still unknown. Without a doubt, you’ll be the coolest kid on the block with one of these.
As environmental awareness continues to become more mainstream, more electric concepts hit the market on a regular basis. When we ran into the Dutch made, Orphir Electric Scooter, we were really impressed with the all around design. It looks like something out of the Back to the Future trilogy. Backed by five batteries, this sleek scooter can reach a top speed of 120 kph and cover a distance on 100km on a full charge. That is pretty average in comparison to the other electric scooters we have liked but the design elements of the Orphir had us at hello.
BMW, with funding from the German Federal Ministry, has come up with a scooter that promises to provide the rider with greater efficiency of performance, higher range and better maneuverability. The BMW E-Scooter will come equipped with a ‘high-performance electric machine’ which will be placed behind the battery component. A secondary electric drive will achieve power transmission from the roller chain to the real wheel and a regenerative braking system could possibly give the scooter a 20 percent increase in range.
The E-Scooter comes with an external electronic system which features an interactive mechanism which displays and collects data relating to temperature and voltage of the battery cells. All these innovations and the scooter could be charged by a simple household socket so there is no requirement for exclusive charging stations. Check out the quick preview video of the BMW E-Scooter below.
Students of Onedia High School in New York are serious when it comes to eco-friendly creations. School seniors Jimm Davis, Sean Butler, Nathan Atkinson, William Atwal and Kyle Armstrong built an all electric car as part of their Engineering Design and Development class. This is a fully functional racer which tops off at 40 mph and is powered by a DC electric motor. The car also has no transmission and boasts a simple direct drive from the motor head to the rear wheel. These students are an example of the possibilities of green technology and the different options it provides. In honor of the work put in by the students, Onedia High School has decided to continue the project for their upcoming senior classes hoping that they will make improvements to the car.
It’s no secret, we are fans of everything electric and when we find new electric motorcycle concepts, it excites us. Today’s feature offers a cool twist to the previous electric bikes we’ve written about. The Shavit electric superbike, created by Shenkar College engineering student Eyal Melnick as part of his graduation project, offers unique adjustable features we haven’t seen before. This bike is equipped with an adjustable mechanism, which allows the rider to alter their seating position, providing them with a higher element of control and comfort. The Shavit features a 180hp engine, weighs 374 pounds and has a wheel base of 1380mm.
Check out the video below to witness just how these adjustable features work:
Thanks to EcoFriend for the great find!
Electric vehicles are here for the long haul. Everyday we hear about companies releasing their new concepts though we rarely ever hear about the weekend warrior creating their own electric rides. This post is dedicated to them. We found some sweet electric powered bikes, all home built and without any big funding. Check them out:
More information available at EcoFriend.
The idea of hover vehicles has been around forever. Every kid that saw Back to the Future II couldn’t wait for the hover board to make it to the local skate shop. Twenty six years later, we are still waiting for a “hover-anything” to be released. That is until Australian engineer Chris Malloy decided to take matters into his own hands and created the Hoverbike.
Made from a custom carbon fiber frame built by Malloy, the Hoverbike is equipped with a BMW Boxer-4 engine which has 107 horse power. It also has wood rotors which counter-rotate, allowing the bike to stay level.
Mallow has completed production of the base vehicle and has ran a few strap-down tests but needs funding to continue with the project. He estimates that a production version would cost about $40,000. Malloy’s initial idea for the bike was that it could be used to monitor livestock in Australia’s enormous farmlands. Though we love this idea and it seems very practical, we have to agree with Jalopnik in that this is the opportunity for the “greatest spec racing series in the history of man”. The Hoverbike has brought Star Wars racing to real life.