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Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by voltsxamps, Jun 18, 2016.
and no compartment to hold stuff...
Hey, go away and ride your 36 inch seat height KTM. Like I never could with a 27 inch inseam, well I could but I have to learn gymnastics.
They look small.
Nope. I gave up on KTM after owning a couple of crappy ones.
They do look small, don't they? Thus, my question.
UBCO just released the FRX1. Features a 15kW (20 hp) peak-rated liquid-cooled electric motor, 280Nm of torque bolted to a rugged tubular 7027 alloy frame, and an extreme 250 mm of travel in both the front and the rear.
For an 80 km/h (50 mph) electric motorbike, the UBCO FRX1 is lightweight. It tips the scales at just 60 kg (132 lb). And that’s despite including a rather large 2.2kWh battery pack rated for up to 100 km (62 mi) of range. Regenerative braking is also employed to help boost the range of the bike as well as improve braking performance for long downhill trail sections.
The lightweight electric trail bike is set to compete with others such as the Sur Ron Light Bee.
The UBCO FRX1 is currently available for pre-order with production slated to occur later this year. Unlike the Chinese Sur Ron electric trail bikes, the FRX1 comes with a more premium level price tag of $8,999.
UBCO is currently expanding their dealership network across Europe and has already expanded operations into the US.
Just like the UBCO 2×2, the FRX1 also comes with UBCO’s embedded tech that allows over-the-air updates to the bike via a smartphone app.
It’s getting better, but you also have no fuel costs, no oil changes, very low maintenance costs. I bet TCO works out if you ride enough.
Now that looks like a blast to ride
If the FRX1 has a VIN number like UBCO's other machines, it could be a real useful single track machine. Here a VIN is required to offroad plate a machine for use in forests. No VIN and you can only ride on private property.
With a much higher initial purchase price, the TCO will never "work out" as resale value is always included in the TCO and the (true) resale value of almost every motorcycle is abysmal. Just forget about cost justification and enjoy it; in the USA (and I imagine most "upwardly mobile" countries) these are a hobby item, not a necessary transportation appliance. Buy what you can afford; run it until you no longer enjoy it; move on.
Zero SRS unveiled:
I understand the intended meaning and how it applies to many people, but in fact it's false. You don't need to be rich to be able to spend more up front to maximize value over time. You only need to budget such that you can take advantage of such opportunities when they arise, meaning it's an option for anyone with some self-control and not living in poverty. In fact it's just one practice that can assist in becoming rich.
That is only useful though for apples to apples comparisons. At least for the time being the current low range capability and long recharge rates make e-MCs far less practical than anything with an ICE.
New Zealand native Matthew Waddick knows a thing or two about retro-inspired electric motorcycles.
Matthew founded Switch Motorcycles to produce larger electric motorcycles with higher performance specs, which describes the eSCRAMBLER well.
But before we dive into the tech specs, let’s check out how it was designed.
Matthew partnered with ex-Yamaha Advanced Labs Industrial Designer and former Danish Flat Track Racing Champion Michel Riis to develop the eSCRAMBLER’s design.
The design brief was simple: It had to be a mid-sized motorcycle with a powerful belt-driven mid-mounted motor and be production ready. That meant tooling, CNC’d welding jigs, parts designed to be molded, the works. This wasn’t going to be vaporware – this was a bike designed from the outset for production.
And of course it had to have real-world specs that riders demanded.
That resulted in performance that is quite impressive for a mid-sized electric motorcycle. The eSCRAMBLER has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph), 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.2 seconds and a real world range of 150 km (93 miles). The bike is powered by a 50 kW (67 hp) electric motor.
Stuffed into the “tank” are the 12V electronics, the throttle box, DC-DC converter, battery wires and routing for the controller wires (which is hidden under the seat).
Another interesting engineering and design consideration that is almost hidden from view is the way the motor and rear swingarm are designed to be coaxially mounted. This greatly simplifies the Gates belt drive system and constantly maintains proper belt tension, but is a unique design challenge often saved for more premium bikes.
The current timeline for sales to begin is 2022.
"Another interesting engineering and design consideration that is almost hidden from view is the way the motor and rear swingarm are designed to be coaxially mounted. This greatly simplifies the Gates belt drive system and constantly maintains proper belt tension, but is a unique design challenge often saved for more premium bikes."
Hopefully it makes the belt last indefinitely as you need to pull the swingarm to change it. Cool notion none the less.
The Zeros, at least the newer models, are set up this way, too.
Coaxially doesn't necessarily mean it's on the same connected axle, I had the same setup on my dirtbike (Husky 449) and there was a gap between the front sprocket and the frame where the swingarm was mounted..
Great news for Energica!
Energica’s sales are booming, surpassing 2019 sales in first 2 months of 2020
“Energica just announced that they have surpassed their entire 2019 sales revenue already this year.“
Electrify America to deploy 30 off-grid, solar EV chargers in rural California communities
- Feb. 27th 2020 8:00 am ET
Electrify America, the Volkswagen subsidiary, announced today that it’s investing $2 million in solar-powered EV charging stations in rural California. The investment in charging stations that are not tied to the electrical grid will expand access to EV charging opportunities for drivers in rural areas.
The new $2 million investment in Envision Solar stations announced today reflects a step by Electrify America to make sure charging is available to rural communities, including in the Central, Coachella, and Imperial valleys.
Envision Solar, based in San Diego, makes the EV ARC, a transportable, solar-powered charging station equipped with a 4.28-kilowatt sun-tracking solar array, 32-kWh on-board battery, and two Electrify America Level 2 EV chargers capable of charging at 6 kilowatts.
Two customers can charge their EVs at the same time. The unit’s photovoltaic system produces 100% renewable energy. The batteries mean you can use that clean energy day or night.
Electrify America will dispatch 30 standalone EV ARCTM 2020 stations to “carefully selected areas in rural California.” The EV ARCTM 2020 can be deployed quickly and without disruptive construction. Deployment takes a few minutes, and the chargers can fit easily inside a standard parking spot.
While 6kW L2 May not sound like much, it can charge a Zero with the 6 kW Rapid Charge option from 0 to 95% in 1 hour. With L2 stations that can be deployed virtually anywhere, EM riders can add waypoints beyond their normal excursions. Bonus for me as I live adjacent to Coachella Valley
This little Microletta electric scooter features two tilting wheels in the front for a more stable ride. The design means that riders in Europe won’t need a motorcycle license to operate the Microletta, and can instead ride it with just a standard license.
The scooter can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and comes with two batteries offering a total range of 100 km (62 miles), though not at the scooter’s top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).
With a price of around $5,400, interested riders can already place what the company is referring to as a “non-binding reservation” online.