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Old 08-28-2010, 04:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Electric motorcycle test drive!

I went down to Oregon and took a test drive on a new electric motor cycle. It's top speed is 90 mph, and uses a brushed DC permanent magnet motor. It was 48v, and direct drive, and holy cow was the acceleration good! The controller looked like an Altrax 48v-72v 450amp. The batteries were some new kind of Lithium Polymer. They told me they are supposed to have a very high cycle life, which is unusual for Lithium Polymer I think. The range is 200 miles, but I don't know at what speed that range is supposed to be for.

It was sort of like my electric bike, but the power was just ridiculous. The motor wasn't even very heavy. Not much bigger than my hub motor, but man! And absolutely silent. I really really really want one. I got up to like 35 mph in the parking lot in a couple seconds. It was sort of irresponsible of me, and my son was even watching. I"m so ashamed.

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Old 08-28-2010, 04:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I went down to Oregon and took a test drive on a new electric motor cycle.
In your enthusiasm, you've left out the model and maker
It'd be nice to know what bike you're raving about.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It was a prototype. It was from Tinitron. They mostly make giant inductors and transformers and power supplies for submarines and stuff, but the president of the company loves electric vehicles.
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Is that the same guy who came out and did industrial espionage by buying one of the Open Revolt controllers you built?

EV cycles are Fun! It's always a blast to get to test ride one!
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Is that the same guy who came out and did industrial espionage by buying one of the Open Revolt controllers you built?

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hahahaha. Yes!
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Current Motors is a couple hours from me, I'd like to test drive one of their bikes soon.

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