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9.01.2005

Electric Motorscooters and Motorcycles

Idea: slap an ultra-light enclosure on this for safety and streamlined efficiency, sell to people who have short commutes.

A few thousand dollars, recharging while at work and home for pennies, covered, and zero emissions.

Offset the increased weight from the cover and relatively short range with more batteries and a photovoltaic cell for good measure.

2 Comments:

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

I think the safety issue with bikes would only in part be addressed by an enclosure; the real danger is that light vehicles tend to have more catastrophic results in accidents.

That said, I'm surprised fewer people don't ride even traditional motorcycles for fuel efficiency reasons - I think Americans (myself included - I'm not sure If I'd go for a bike) overweigh safety when evaluating trade-offs.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I'm not sure if it was clear from a previous post, but I bought a Vespa recently.

I get 75MPG on my 2.5-mile commute. Because it is only a 50cc engine, I'm not allowed on the freeway, and I don't think I'd want to. On the upside, it’s as easy to ride as a biek, doesn’t require a license or plates or insurance. It seems safe enough at the speeds I go, but is certainly more dangerous than driving.

On a whole other side of things, it is AMAZINGLY FUN to drive. Anytime you want to visit Boston, you can check it out :)
I’ve been meaning to post some pictures.


One benefit of an enclosure is a seatbelt. I'm thinking of something like this, but with more covering for weather.

 

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