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Electric Vehicles Go To Two Wheels

What To Expect With A Zero Motorcycles’ Electric Vehicles, I mean, Motorcycles.

With growing popularity, electric vehicles have started taking over. Some of the most popular brands on American roads are: Bolt, Prius, Proterra, and Tesla. It is rare to see or hear of a fully electric or hybrid motorcycle. Harley and Honda are two of the more popular brands of motor bikes. Their customers have expressed interest in the greener approach to riding but not many startups have been successful. Zero Motorcycles, Lightning Motorcycle, and Alta Motors are some US Companies still in the game.

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Zero Motorcycles CTO, Abe Askenazi, has been in the motorcycle industry for almost twenty years. He said right now a lot of Zero Motorcycles’ customers buy the company’s EV bikes alongside market-leading V-twins and V-4s. To him, that indicates Zero’s bikes perform at the same or better levels as riders’ long-held favorites. He continued, electric bikes are quiet, so riders can hear what’s happening around them, and won’t disturb the peace, which their neighbors appreciate. That quietness is one reason police departments buy Zero Motorcycles for their fleets. They can ride at any hour, and approach suspects stealthily if they drive electric.

Zero’s products range from lightweight “hot rods” to off-road models that cost anywhere from about $8,500 to $16,000. Some of the new bikes are promising 200 miles per charge, which is a significant improvement from past models. The motorcycles’ easy to read instruments, speed control, and acceleration are some of Zero’s customers’ favorite qualities.

Askenazi stated, “Optimization of chemistry has gotten us here. The beautiful thing is that batteries are plug-and-play. When that battery comes that will give you 1,000 miles, we’ll be able to use it. Where the industry is going though is not so much a bigger battery to go further between charges, but faster charging so you can go grocery shopping, plug it in, come back and then you’re ready to go again.”

The CTO said that batteries will eventually weigh less and take up less space on the e-bikes. This will allow more space for cargo and other components. Askenazi stated, “You gain a lot of practicality with this bike.” He believes over time there will be many improvements with lighter weight and stronger materials.

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    Introducing The Fully Electric Off-Road Mercedes G-Class

    Electric vehicles are typically constructed with a specific client in mind, and usually this envisioned customer is most concerned with getting around in ultimate efficiency. Tesla stirred up this stereotype with its fast sports cars, but the new Kreisel customized Mercedes G 350 d with a fully electric drivetrain adds another dimension to the image of the prospective EV buyer. The plan came together thanks in part to a high-profile stakeholder and design partner, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former governor of California and actor drives a Mercedes G in the United States, but along with Kreisel, wanted to build a version of his beloved car that also meshed with his priorities and values when it comes to seeking out renewable energy alternatives wherever possible.


    Schwarzenegger said in a press release revealing the vehicle, “To me, with the electric version of this fantastic car, a dream has become true. The initial test drive was a real pleasure. The Kreisel is incredibly sporty and perfectly benefits from the advantages e-mobility has to offer. I really look forward to the following test runs and to the gradual further development in California.” The man who played Harry Tasker is now the official test driver for the first converted Mercedes G, and he is going to be helping with future design and development that will happen stateside in association with Austria-based Kreisel Electric.

    This first prototype was assembled in only two months, and carries a “realistic” maximum range of 300 kilometres, pretty impressive for a vehicle whose frame is not designed for maximum EV efficiency. It is powered by an 80 kWh battery, and the ar also claimed a 3 second faster 0 to 60 mph time of around 5.6 seconds, when compared to its gas-guzzling V6 progenitor. It also supports fast charging, recovering 80% of its capacity in just 25 minutes. It is a very cool retrofit, and hopefully one that consumers can soon pick up as an aftermarket modification. Kreisel is currently building a factory for large-scale production of its electric battery packs for use by automotive OEMs and other customers, so this is more of a side project.

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