The average electric motorcycle equivalent to a 320 mpg gas bike

Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by voltsxamps, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. MX500

    MX500 n00b

    Aug 21, 2013

    Where can you buy gallons of electricity? :rofl
  2. BrianTRice

    BrianTRice Nerdy adventurer

    May 21, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Hello, engineer who uses PGE. I'm also an engineer who uses PGE.

    The numbers are sound from every perspective but how the utility operates and translates that into dollar value. PG&E is far from ideal but the assumptions are realistic.

    I'll clarify what you should consider that has been already stated:
    • The conversion / loss from station to the motorcycle wheel is very low compared to combustion thermodynamics.
    • There's a considerable overhead in processing petroleum and shipping it not usually accounted for.
    • Offsetting the energy processing to a gas or coal plant still has a major leg up in terms of industrial-scale process efficiency.
    • Electric motorcycles are at least twice as efficient as electric cars in converting energy to distance travelled (for commuting and individual or 2-up travel).
    You should also include hydroelectric power in "the only way to save money and be green". In Washington state, most power comes from hydroelectric dams and is cheap and quite green.

    It's not misinformation, in any case, even if you don't think it's perfectly accommodating to your stance.
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  3. MarylandStrom

    MarylandStrom Been here awhile

    Dec 7, 2007
    Beltsville, Maryland
    It's hard to debate your point when we don't know what "in my area" means. Fill in your location in the profile area please.