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Bio-Diesel Motorcycle: 100 mpg

24
October
2007
  Posted at 03:01:58 PM
  File under  Special-Bikes Ecology
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

You could be looking at the future. With fuel shortage, dramatically increasing petrol prices and a worsening environment, we all need to start thinking about the real alternative future of a greener planet.

Bio-Diesel motorcycle

Nine students from the University of Adelaide Open link in a new window are competing in the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge Open link in a new window, a competition designed to race 3000 kilometers in Australia.

Their BioBike is used to demonstrate that bio-diesel is a real and practical alternative to normal petrol. Bio-diesel is renewable and therefore a sustainable energy source that is derived from plant oils and animal fats. While CO2 is still a pollutant, it is absorbed when more fuel is grown (plants absorb CO2). The use of Biodiesel is therefore far more CO2 neutral than fossil based fuels.

The BioBike is very economical in usage and in construction. The motorcycle runs at about 100 mpg. The motorcycle itself can be manufactured at a comparative cost of a normal motorcycle.

So, who knows, maybe one of the big Japanese motorcycle manufacturers might just come out with a low cost bio-diesel motorcycle.

Click here to learn more about the bike, and see more photos Open link in a new window

Via: Treehugger



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