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Tesla Motorcycle(s)

Discussion in 'Future Cars' started by Tech26, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Tech26

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    #1 Tech26, Oct 16, 2011
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    I think after Tesla has gotten the cars and SUVs all figured out that they should make a sport bike and a cruiser too. What do you guys think? Any motorcycle riders here?

    There's a DVD out now called "Charge" and it's about electric motorcycle racing.



    Coolest looking electric bike I could find after quick google search...

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  2. TEG

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    #2 TEG, Oct 17, 2011
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    If you search the forum here you can find a fair bit of talk about electric motorcycles.
    In particular, this thread:
    Electric Motorcycles

    Also, some ex-Tesla engineers were involved in this company:
    Mission Motorcycles
     
  3. Teslawisher

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    I'm not sure Tesla should get into the motorcycle game. The handling characteristics are so different and so picky on motorcycles, it would be very tough to compete with the big boys. Now, could they develop batteries and drivetrain components? Absolutely!
     
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    Yeah, the electric motorcycle market is establishing itself nicely. Although I think there is room at the "touring" part of the spectrum, I doNT think Tesla has the resources to bother.
     
  5. VolkerP

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    There are several benefits to the electric motorcycle market compared to passenger cars:

    • bikes are not so much a means of transportation, more a tool to have fun with
    • much smaller battery pack is required to make a nice bike with decent range and performance
    • people can arrange with limited range and plan their rides accordingly, be it daily use or road trip
    • the demand for high power density leads to fast-chargeable packs
    • market can sustain a high price segment

    So we see a market emerging quickly here. No need for Tesla to initiate/spark it.
     
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    OR...
    • cars are not so much a means of transportation, more a tool to have fun with
    • much smaller battery pack is required to make a nice car with decent range and performance
    • people can arrange with limited range and plan their drives accordingly, be it daily use or road trip.[/QUOTE]
     
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    Bikes are a different beast, so if Tesla were to go after them, then I would only want it if they were really dedicated to understanding everything and getting it right.

    I really want an electric motorcycle, but since a motorcycle would basically be a "toy" (especially since, by buying the Model S, it's not like I'll be saving gas by choosing to ride a bike instead of drive the S), I am not interested until the price for one comes down to $5k or less and the range is at least 200 miles.

    The Brammo Empulse and Zero S both seem awesome, but they're too expensive for my tastes.
     
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    Completely agreed. Brammo makes some beautiful motorcycles that look really fun to drive. Can't wait to buy one when I'm older. If I can't outright afford an electric car in 5 years, I may simply buy a used prius + electric motorcyle from brammo using the bike for 90% of trips.
     
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    The Mission R 100% all-electric motorcycle. :) ImageUploadedByTapatalk1340254102.521197.jpg .
     
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    Too bad it's not for sale :(
     
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    I use my Zero DS as my commuter vehicle, which works well since I have seasonal work (greenhouse). It pays off big time: my boss lets me charge at work (I don't drink coffee which others get for free), and it so it costs me around 15 cents for the 50 km round trip, compared to $7.50 if I take my Explorer. It replaced my civic, which cost around $6 to drive. But I don't do it for the $; again, there are many more hidden costs to driving any ICE, and I know it is the future of transport. Caring more about short-term $ than anything else is why China pwns America, and we're in a financial mess overall. [/rant] :D But really, the best part is silently cruising around, talking to people on sidewalks as I cruise past and hearing the birds.
     
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    #13 Uncle Ron, Jun 25, 2012
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    EDIT,,
     
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    And it's not tough to compete with BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac, etc?
     
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    #15 gjunky, Jul 5, 2012
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    Yes, an electric Carver type vehicle would be wonderful. Of course, with Tesla's low center of gravity designs, it wouldn't have to lean :)
    Just kidding. The leaning part is what makes the carver cool. The battery pack can be in the stationary back section.
     
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    Electric Carver is in my dreams for about 4 years now. I tried to pull off a DIY variant, haven't progress beyond a scaled model yet.
    There is someone further along though: Lynx Cars

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    It looks like they are trying to modernize the design a bit, close the nose etc.

    They are planning a 14 kWh pack, which is a bit too small for my taste. I'd prefer at least 20 kWh giving around 100 miles range of spirited driving.

    There are more pictures on FaceBook
     
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    I like the Electric Carver. When it will go on sale?
     

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