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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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billysollocks

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On the subject of batteries, a little diversion -

Little girl says "Mum, can I have a rabbit?"

Mum replies "No, use your finger like I have to".

Toodles!

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snev

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snev says:

billysollocks

There is a time and a place for comments like that..................... well done.

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snev

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snev says:

are electric bikes the future...?

Are they hell as like.... bring on Nuclear fuel cells, all the power you can handle and at least 25 years range. Oh hang on a minute, I think Suzuki already have the BUSA.

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ClaretEverywhere

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Potential

I'm bored of hearing the 'electric vehicles are actually just as polluting because of the materials they're made of and the way the electricity is generated' horse being flogged. As much as we all love it, internal combustion is old technology with extremely limited scope for any further development. Electric vehicles are at a relatively new stage of development, and have the potential to become more economical to produce, and the potential to be powered by renewable energy sources in future.

Range is obviously a problem for electric vehicles, but then battery technology has been one of the fastest-improving areas of practical science in recent years, and viable elctric vehicles can't be far off now. Just think, in the last 30 years, mobile phones have gone from insanely expensive briefcase-sized luxuries to dirt cheap, wallet-sized consumables that 12-year-old kids think nothing of losing down the back of the sofa. Over the same time, the core technology in motor vehicles has stood almost completely still.
 

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

"Battery technology has been one of the fastest-improving areas of practical science in recent years."

I wasn't going to contribute to this thread again but since my message hasn't got through I'll say again, battery technology hasn't progressed at the necessary rate and it seems it doesn't have enough potential (excuse the pun) to ever fill the gap. Bio-fuels have their problems, including competing for food stocks, but algal and microbial processes have the potential to produce fuels for internal combustion engines from waste materials. Battery powered electric vehicles are at best a niche product.

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may c

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may c says:

electric bikes

i think its well nice that bike 120 mile range would do me fine as im retired and dont often do more than 50 mile round trips now.trouble is as these cars and bikes get more sales and they will .pay as you drive /ride will be the norm.

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kerbfinder

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kerbfinder says:

Battery vehicles are a niche product

I like this production road bike from Lightening Motorcycles

170+ HP............. 218MPH

Maybe the battery range will put you off? It has a combined city and highway milage range of over 150 miles.

http://www.lightningmotorcycle.com/product/specs/

 

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Ha! Don't believe the hype.


"Under moderate highway riding averaging 70 mph, a 100-plus-mile range is possible on the Lightning. On the other hand, during the Isle of Man TT race, the batteries were depleted at the end of the 38-mile lap."

500lb motorcycle.
$38,000

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/2012-lightning-motorcycles-exclusive-first-ride-video-91402.html

Niche alright.

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

kerbfinder,

Anyhow, you said yourself, "Electric won't replace petrol or diesel, its just a cool option." I agree but the topic is, "Are electric bikes the future?" No, it seems not, not widely anyway.

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