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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #41
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Wonder if our Canadian climate will be a problem as well. Batteries aren't too happy in really cold weather and the amount of salt we use in some regions isn't exactly a great thing for electrical contacts......

The Smart ED does look interesting....
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 10:00 AM   #42
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Too bad about that minor little Canadian winter issue. Eight months a year you'd need a supplemental propane heater which would pretty much eat up all ofyour savings.
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #43
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Yes, we discovered that back in the day of the original Bug.

Gasoline burner in the cabin?? Sure, no problem.
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Very cool.

I read some of the comments below. Some dude was hoping it would only cost 5-6 thousand should it ever reach his market. If only
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Old Oct 8th, 2008, 02:31 PM   #45
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NiMH batteries are kind of funny... Here's some info here.
Thanks for that link!
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This is very spooky to watch in action - videos in the link




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Zero-X Electric Off-Road Motorcycle: Whisper-Quiet, Off-Road Power

Posted on October 11th, 2008 by Sebastian Schepis in Electric Bicycles, Electric Motorcycles

Zero-X Electric Motorcycle

Check out the Zero-X off-road electric motorcycle, made by Zero Motorcycles, Inc. of Santa Cruz, California. The Zero-X is a 100% electric off-road motorcycle powered by a 17kW motor capable of 23 peak horsepower. That’s about equivalent to a 250cc gas motorcycle, and it’s not bad at all for an electric vehicle that weighs a meager 140 pounds. The light weight of the motorcycle itself is due to an innovative mix of motorcycle and modified bicycle parts and to an aircraft aluminum frame that weighs 18 pounds.

The Zero-X is quick - it can accelerate from 0-30 mph in under 2 seconds, with a top speed of about 60 mph. The ZERO X Speed controller features the ability to customize both the speed and acceleration of the motorcycle. With a flip of the switch you can limit the top speed to a “motorized bicycle” legal 30mph. Another switch sets the acceleration from the beginner-friendly “easy” mode to an unrestricted “sport” mode that gives you full power and full acceleration. With the electric motor giving you full torque at 0 rpm, popping wheelies is not a problem. And, since it’s totally quiet, you can ride this dirt bike in places you would not normally be able to due to noise restrictions.

The motor of the Zero-X is powered by a lithium-ion array capable of giving you between 1.5 to 2 hours of riding per charge. The batteries can be recharged in about 2 hours by using a provided fast battery charger that plugs into a standard wall outlet.
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Old Oct 15th, 2008, 12:51 PM   #47
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Screw electric cars, screw Hybrids all people really have to do is change there driving habits.

Toyota Prius Vs BMW M3
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Old Oct 15th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #48
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Screw electric cars, screw Hybrids all people really have to do is change there driving habits.

Toyota Prius Vs BMW M3
YouTube - Toyota Prius vs BMW M3

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That video is a crock of shyte! Anyone with less than half a brain will immediately determine the ridiculous comparison from the road test.

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Hotchewowa....

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New Electric Car Leaves the Tesla Roadster in its Dust
Written by Megan Treacy
Tuesday, 14 October 2008

If you’re dreaming of going electric, but also want to go fast, Venturi has designed a new all-electric roadster capable of reaching 160 mph, leaving the Tesla Roadster in the dust.



Introduced at the Paris Motor Show, the Volage uses Michelin’s Active Wheel technology, encasing two electric motors (one for propulsion, one for suspension) and brakes within each wheel. Putting all the power in the wheels allows for the slim, lightweight, carbon-fiber frame and greater vehicle control. All this amounts to extra speed.

Michelin’s Active Wheel technology has been around for years and showcased in a few concepts, but no commercial applications have been available yet. Production on the Volage is scheduled to being in 2012, so we’ll see if the technology finally makes it to us consumers.

Here are the specs:

Horsepower: 295
Torque: 171 pound feet
0 - 60 mph: 5 seconds
Top speed: 160 mph
Distance per charge: 200 miles

Like the Tesla Roadster, this car also looks cool. No word yet if the price will be as steep.


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That video is a crock of shyte! Anyone with less than half a brain will immediately determine the ridiculous comparison from the road test.

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Please elaborate on why its a crock?

An M3 follows a Prius for 10 laps and actually used less gas, the test had nothing to do with performance or handling it simply showed that if people actually change there driving habits they can manage to use less gas. Instead people go out and spend money on something that they think will make them environmental gods when all they really have to do is change there driving habits and they will see the rewards in there wallets.

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