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Lit Motors C-1

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by domenick, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. domenick

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    The Lit Motors C-1 is an enclosed motorcycle that uses flywheels to stay upright. Electric, two-wheel drive. This has all the ingredients necessary for a paradigm shift. Ok, perhaps that's a little strong, but I find the concept very exciting. Here's the post on AutoblogGreen.

    It's efficient, has solid performance numbers and actually looks pretty good.

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    Part Persu, part Segway, eh?

    I wonder how much of the range (battery pack power) is sacrificed to the gyro stabilizer?

    I would assume that efficiency and performance numbers are just targets at this point, since it sounds like they are a ways off from production ready.
     
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    rabar10 FFE until Model 3

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    Since you won't need the stabilizing effects of a gyro when the vehicle moving at speed, I wonder if you could trade energy between the gyro (when stationary) and the wheels (when moving)?

    The gyro would have the potential to supply higher power for takeoffs and absorb it for regen, so the batteries wouldn't have to deal with higher C ratings.

    Don't know if it's worth the complexity though...
     
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    Nice design but first foremost safety. How safe will it be and what type of range? Where will the batteries be located?
     
  5. domenick

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    The flywheels take some energy to get up to speed but don't take a lot once they're going.
     
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    Hmmm,
    So you finish your trip, turn it off and the flywheel spools down and it tips over?
    Hope it has a stand.
     
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    It will have a stand.
     
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    #9 NigelM, Mar 7, 2012
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    C1

    Saw this mentioned on a thread in the Model X section, then searched and it seems like it's not covered over here. Anyone got any information?

    http://litmotors.com/c1/



    Want. :smile:
     
  10. AnOutsider

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    Interesting.. motorcycle size, sedan cabin... Not sure I could do it though, it looks like a death trap.
     
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    Assuming that it lives up to its stability claims and as an owner of a Sparrow for over 10.5 years, this looks like a great replacement for it. I am considering making a reservation for it, but it is 2 1/2 years away, if they make their target production dates.
     
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    Thanks Doug. I searched for "C1" not for "C-1" :redface:
     
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    I like motorcycles and had been considering Vetrix, but this looks cool. I had heard on one of the video snippets that they said 2013....but can't find anything to back that.
     
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    I may be mistaking when they have showrooms verses when they have vehicles, but I found this on their web site. Your C-1 Transportation Device | Lit Motors, Inc. The last line says "Expect to see the C-1 in our custom show-rooms by the end of 2014."
     
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    Love my Vectrix! Especially the new VX-1 Li+

    Over 11,000 miles on mine, warm weather can't get here too soon for me!
     
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    Friend of mine works at Robrady Design which is where I saw this:

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    Having dinner with my buddy shortly to see if anyone's actually going to build it...
     
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    Survive the collision with a Leaf (and stay upright), maybe...be in a collision with a transport truck, and you'll think it was made up of C4 (imo)...

     
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    I really like the Lit C-1 concept and it's one of the ideas out there I think could go BIG time. With Jason Hill involved in the design, I have confidence it should look pretty good, though the proof of the concept for me will come after we see some testing with a full-size prototype. Fingers crossed.
     
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    #20 DuncanWatson, May 4, 2012
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    The batteries are underneath. You can see the location in this video.


    It has motors in each wheel and incorporates regenerative braking. Range depends on the pack and ranges from 150-200 miles. On of the main designs is safety and I saw at least one claim that it will have airbags. Its small size and efficiency means that it should charge quickly and 200 miles is a great range for a personal vehicle. I have to admit that I would happily buy this to fill the role of a second vehicle in our house, used for commuting, errands and trips without my wife.
     

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