a motorcycle blog flipside
The ones I’ve seen thus far were small ones, the ones with bike pedals. But it was still enough to peak my interest. Not that I’d be buying one mind you as I was still very much the fan of gasoline-powered bikes. Heh. Maybe in the far future but for now, it’s the conventional bikes for this wolf.
I tried a Google search just to see what kind of electric bikes were available locally. Unfortunately, I found out that the ones I’ve seen on the road were pretty much it. Well, for the most part as was clearly evident in the Sulit ads I’ve found. Here’s some pics of the bikes that were available:
Not all that appealing. To me at least. They looked more like children’s toys than a viable means of transportation.
Of course, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so I wouldn’t be surprised in any way that there will be some who will disagree. Just wasn’t for me, is all.
I did find some electric bikes that were more to my taste, appearance-wise.
Most unfortunately though, while they are making the bikes more appealing in terms of looks, performance still left much to be desired. Maximum speed was around 40-60kph depending on the model and the road condition and the range was just a measly 30-40km. Not bad for scooting around town, I suppose, but it was still quite dismal compared to petrol power. The real turn-off for me though was the charging time, 6-8 hours. Ugh. It’s a good thing the smaller models got bike pedals. That’s all I’m saying on the matter.
Of course, electric bikes were still relatively new and developments in technology were bound to make things quite different in the future flipside. Bigger and better electric bikes were sure to make it here eventually.
To be sure, such bikes were already being sold in other, more developed countries. Case in point, take a gander at this electric motorcycle website, Zero Motorcycles. I was speechless, spellbound even, when I saw the bikes they had to offer.
What really blew me away though were the specs. Here’s the specs for one of them:
|City (EPA UDDS)||76 miles (122 km)||114 miles (183 km)|
|Highway (commuting, 70mph)||43 miles (69 km)||63 miles (101 km)|
|Type||High efficiency, double-stator axial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor with integrated forced air cooling|
|Controller||High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration|
|Top speed (max)||88 mph (142 km/h)|
|Top speed (sustained)||75 mph (121 km/h)|
|Type||Z-Force™ patented Li-Ion intelligent power pack|
|Maximum capacity||6.0 kWh||9.0 kWh|
|Nominal capacity||5.3 kWh||7.9 kWh|
|Estimated pack life to 80% (city)||205,000 miles (330,000 km)||308,000 miles (495,000 km)|
|Charger type||1kW, integrated|
|Charge time (standard)||6.0 hours (100% charged) / 5.3 hours (95% charged)||9.0 hours (100% charged) / 8.0 hours (95% charged)|
|Quick 2x charger time (accessory)||3.0 hours (100% charged) / 2.7 hours (95% charged)||4.9 hours (100% charged) / 4.0 hours (95% charged)|
|Quick 3x charger time (accessory)||2.2 hours (100% charged) / 1.8 hours (95% charged)||3.1 hours (100% charged) / 2.7 hours (95% charged)|
|Quick 4x charger time (accessory)||1.8 hours (100% charged) / 1.3 hours (95% charged)||2.4 hours (100% charged) / 2.0 hours (95% charged)|
|Input||Standard 110V or 220V|
Just look at the top speed, range, and charging time. Whew!
Of course, these all come with a hefty price tag. I don’t even wanna speculate just how much it will cost flipside. But it’s just a matter of time, I reckon, that at least some of this technology will trickle into the bikes that will be available locally.
Here’s another electric motorcycle website that might interest you: Brammo.