Electric Mini

BMW have unveiled a electric mini named the “Mini E” that features a 150-kilowatt (204 horsepower) motor and a top speed of just over 150 km/h and a range of up to 240 km’s. Not as quick as the Tesla reaching from 0 – 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds but just as many seats. The back seats have been removed to accommodate the battery, which in turn has led to a slightly heavier Mini with a 50-50 front/rear weight ratio.

Source: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/10/all-electric-mi.html

Interesting to note that even though charging the Mini E requires generation from another power source, that even if that power source is a coal powered station, it will still produce less CO2 than internal combustion vehicles.

Electric motorbikes

It would be the logical choice for a vehicle manufacturer to build an electric motorbike with it’s power/weight ratio being significantly more than a car. So why are they so scarce? Tesla Motors have come up with a great car solution and sure there’s lots of home builts so why do we not see more of electric bikes?

I finally found a commercial electric motorbike today that wasn’t a scooter, or is it? It doesn’t exactly look like a sports bike but doesn’t quite look like a scooter either.

The Vectrix has a recharge time of 3-5 hours and a range of about 46 km’s if you stayed at the top speed of just over 100 km/hr, however the range is likely to be a lot further if you stick to the speed limit of various places such as Steve Irwin Way (80 km/h). Visit http://www.vectrix.com and try out there range meter. There are only two batteries to this bike and I suspect there should be some massive improvements with battery technology to increase the range. If Tesla Motors can do it for a car, why not an electric motorbike?

See also: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=12646