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EICMA2009: Electric Motorcycles

16
November
2009
  Posted at 08:45:00 AM
  File under  Exhibitions Electrical Ecology
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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You know when electric motorcycles are starting to become mainstream, when at a motorcycle exhibition like EICMA they spring up all around you. It used to be that electric motorcycles where a novelty, and often placed in separate areas.

Now, you'll mostly find electric motorcycles and scooters at "normal" manufacturer stands. Yes, EICMA still had a special "Green Planet" area, where many electric vehicles were presented (like the New Vectrix).

Here are a few electric ones that caught my attention.

Peugeot


French Peugeot Open link in a new window is a big manufacturer of scooters, usually 50 and 125 cc ones. But like most self-respecting manufacturers they also showed off their electric scooters, the e-Vivacity (the Vivacity with the "e" is an existing 50 cc scooter).

Peugeot-eVivaCity

The e-Vivacity, like what the name implies, is a scooter for the city. It's the equivalent of a 50 cc scooter.

Peugeot-eVivaCity

The scooter will speed up to 45 kph, perfect for school kids. It promises a range of 80 kms.

Peugeot-eVivaCity

The e-Vivacity weighs only 115 kgs, and the battery can last 40,000 kms.

Elmoto


The German Elmoto caught my attention since it has an unusual design. It looks a bit like a bicycle, but it hasn't got any pedals.

Elmoto-HR-2

The Elmoto HR-2 also falls under the 50 cc category, with a top speed of 45 kph.

Elmoto-HR-2

The 48V, 25 Ah lithium-ion battery will give the motorcycle a range of 65 kms.

Elmoto-HR-2

Using a normal charger, you'll charge 80% in 4 hours, but using the special fast charger, you can reach 80% charge in 2 hours.

It weighs 45 kgs, with a maximum overall weight of 180 kgs.

Click here for more info on the Elmoto Open link in a new window.

XOR


French made XOR is a strange electric motorcycle. XOR stands for Xtraordinary Object on Road and the company have three models of these strange electric motorcycles.

XOR-X02

The whole concept of the XOR is that the vehicle folds into a sort-of-a-cube, allowing it to be put away with the minimum of space, typically on your yacht. The "thing" looks like R2D2 in sleep mode.... cute.

XOR-X02

They have the X02 in a 125 cc equivalent version, and two 50 cc equivalent versions.

XOR-X02

The XO2 125 weighs 83 kgs, and after it has been unfolded, it is capable of a respectable top speed of 105 kph, and a range between 50 and 70 kms - enough to get your fresh croissants when mooring your yacht at St. Tropez. It only takes 2 hours 40 minutes to recharge the battery.

XOR-X02

The XO2 50 comes in two variations; Sport and Urban. The Sport weighs 76 kgs, the Urban 68 kgs. Both have a maximum speed of 45 kph, but state that they can go faster, 75 and 60 kph respectively.

Click here to access XOR web site Open link in a new window

Piaggio


Piaggio Open link in a new window is always on the cutting edge of things, just have a look at their MP3 scooter. Piaggio presented the groovy looking USB (Urban Sport Bike) hybrid scooter concept at EICMA.

Piaggio-USB-EICMA

The hybrid concept scooter has a two-stroke gasoline guzzling engine and an electric engine.

Piaggio-USB-EICMA

The electrical part of the hybrid can be plugged in for recharging, and can reach a top speed of over 100 kph, and a sustained average speed of 60 kph. When riding on the lithium-polymer battery alone, you can reach a top speed of 60 kph and a range of 50 kms.

Piaggio-USB-EICMA

The scooter delivers a good torque, around 200 Nm, and using the hybrid in town will net you about 1.5 liters per 100 kms of fuel consumption.

Piaggio-USB-EICMA

As usual at these shows, Piaggio didn't have enough press kits for everyone (must be too expensive for them), so I don't have much more info. But the scooter looks really nice, specially with the seat back for solo riders (the pillion seat folds up to become your seat back).





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