Well.....as TopGear would solve it....strap a diesel generator on there somewhere and you might have a winner
But no...the speed is too low and the range too short.
One thing I don't understand: why did they take off the original speedo? it's mechanical, should work no matter what the driving power is.... and I am sure he could have 'fixed' the lights and rev counter to do what he wanted, right?
As a newbie here, I hope I may be tolerated if I offer a partial defence of Two Wheeled Electric Vehicles, ("TWEVs") I agree the range and speed are inadequate..... And the cost is prohibitive............... And yet - I build TWEVs, for fun and experiment
Am I demented? Probably, but I think we humans need to move on from oil wars to sustainable motor sport and thus on to sustainable future mobility Downside: Peak oil has passed, some time back, my oil-industry friends tell me If we don't develop, and widely adopt. alternative fuels, we risk several step-changes in personal liberty, not just mobility If personal transport fuel and vehicle costs finally rise beyond mass affordability, we "ordinaries" will be more easily repressed by authority Upside: In 2009, TTXGP started mass recognition that TWEVs "actually could" I believe TWEV racing is the quickest way to evolve range, reliability, affordability and acceptance of Electric Vehicles, ("EVs").... (well, I would say that, wouldn't I.....) Petrol-Head-Bikers, (like me...) at the Island were converted from jeering scepticism to realisation that - when the oil is all gone - the alternative vehicles will be better than now because some guys are already doing the work to make it so (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) Re the speedo, lights, no front mudguard, etc., probably attempts at reducing rolling resistance A TWEV carries so little stored energy in comparison to a tank of petrol you have to eke it out..... a lot!! Some good streamlining would help a lot All the best Ed
Ancient "Bodgineer" NTV650 revived from scrap "2hp" electric racer "20/7hp" electric racer
I don't think anyone really has a problem with people developing electric cars/bike/vans/trains. they are the future really.. there is no getting out of that fact, and the more people play like this the more the cost comes down and technology improves.
been following a couple of these where people have been converting bikes to run on electric, quite interesting and a hell lot of work involved for to be quote frank.. no real benefit at all... but we don't do these things for benefit... we do them for fun !!!
Post by De Graaf van Salland on Aug 8, 2010 7:34:09 GMT 1
I don't know if I like it, but I do think that electric vehicles will be the thing for us in the (near ?) future.
Even with today's technology, one of those electric bikes could take me to work (single trip ±40 km) at a price that is a fraction of the petrol cost. I would have to charge it at home and at work (Aaah ! but then my employer would even pay 50% of the "fuel" cost ;D).
Interesting, but still not practical enough for me I'm afraid.
There are other areas of research in particular Hydrogen Cell technology that are interesting.
As a keen sailor and with some experience of gliding, I know there is a lot more we can do with the wind. Speed and time are the biggest issues that dictate the use of fossil fuels. Everyone wants things quicker and there is only one way at present to achieve this - burning up fuel!
I like RJ's proposal, that would at least give the sensation of "proper" biking!