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Poll: Are electric bikes the future?

Electric bikes are slowly but surely catching up to traditional motorcycles, with electric bike manufacturer Brammo claiming their Empulse makes 54bhp and has a range of up to 120 miles. With the relentless charge of technology it's only a matter of time before electric bikes are equal and better than what we have today, but would you ride one? pollcomment

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Bebobobob

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Bebobobob says:

last saturday i did 132 miles i don't fancy calling the AA every weekend or sitting around for 3-10 hours, batteries just aren't efficient enough to work and they weigh + cost too much :S you need a quick refill system to remotely stand a chance at meeting end users needs hydrogen cell to power small battery to power electric motor works, ignoring the costs and unfinished beta technology of course ignoring the fuel issue, electric motor torque output is awesome, would be fun to test ride one

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Not going to happen

in the short medium term. They're just a quirky diversion for greenies.

I saw an E race at Oschersleben a couple of months ago. Just a quiet eerie 'whirrr' - completely uncaptivating. We like our bikes loud and viscereal.

Christ I sold my boring sounding FJ1200  twenty plus years ago after sitting behind a Ducati for 50km delighting it the aural pleasure it provided me. Been hooked on the rhythm and beat of 90 degree Italian twins ever since.

Whirr and whoosh just doesn't do it. Nor is the internal combustion engine dead - not by a long shot.

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Are electric bikes the future?

No. Despite years of R&D, suitable batteries haven't appeared (lightweight, long range and shelf life, quick to recharge and cheap). Thus electric vehicles will never be a replacement for internal combustion. Bio-fuels will be the thing, with microbes producing hydrocarbon fuels from waste materials.

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supermario

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supermario says:

I don't understand the appeal

 

If its purely a financial thing and we're saying its cheaper, fine. It is. But to call electric bikes (or anything else that runs off the household mains for that matter) green is completely wrong. You have to remember where the electricity comes from. In this country most of our electricity is produced by coal fired power stations, which is about as unfriendly to the environment as you can get. Then of course huge amounts of the power produced is lost while making it travel along huge cables, not to mention the deliberate loss of voltage from thousands, to a useable 240v at your domestic outlet. So in essence massively inefficient and harmful to the environment.

For this to change the production methods of electricity must be cleaner and greener, and the supply of the electricity much more efficient.

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Forgotten point

in all the hype of electric vehicles - once the oil runs out, what do we use to build our roads with?

 

Not only that, but insufficent research has gone into their environmental efficiency compared to internal combustion engines (bearing in mind our electric comes from primarily fossil fuelled power stations).

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Recycling and bio-technologies.

Very true, Supermario, the Greens will say electric vehicles don't add directly to the local smog in places like downtown Tokyo, which is fine but ignores the bigger picture. They'll also say it is more efficient to burn fossil fuels in a carefully-controlled manner in power stations but then, as you said, that's negated by the losses in getting that electricity to where it is needed and turning it into revs (as it is with petrol too, to be fair).

AdieR, that's a good point too. We use the refined products of crude oil to make plastics, medicines, so many valuable things. In fact as the oil runs out we'll think burning it is crazy.

Recycling and bio-technologies will have to fill the void. Some time in the future we'll be mining our old landfills for plastics

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supermario

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supermario says:

Not me...

"Some time in the future we'll be mining our old landfills for plastics"

 

...I'll be driving up and down anarchy road in the last of the V8 interceptors

 

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sprintst955

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sprintst955 says:

maybe

if the pace of development and investment continues i reckon within 10 years they will outperform any petrol engine and be practical,new battery technology is the key and if they throw enough money at it that will be solved.

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snev

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snev says:

Green.......

Delusion is Rife. It will never save the planet, Never.

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drivin98

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drivin98 says:

The only way electric bikes fall short of gas bikes is effective range. While some might not prefer their relatively low noise levels, they are better handling (no reciprocating mass) and easier for new riders to learn on (no gear shifting (ok, except for the pictured Brammo Empulse. That has a 6-speed gearbox)). Now, consider that batteries on bikes have doubled in capacity (around 10 kWh to 20 kWh in the bikes racing in the Isle of Man ZeroTT) in the past few years, battery prices have halved, and fast-charging networks are now being put in place. It may not happen tomorrow, but eventually, electrics will have a very strong presence on the roads. Some people may still want to ride noisy, high-maintenance machines filled with increasingly-expensive petrol in the future but that number will fall as electric riders increase.

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