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French Railroads Invest In Electric Motorcycle Company

17
July
2009
  Posted at 01:30:00 PM
  File under  Ecology France Electrical Video Feeds
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Pretty amazing for a company that you'd love to hate: the SNCF Open link in a new window, the French railroads, have invested €1.5 million (pocket change for them) in another French company. This company, called Lumeneo, has recently shown a new product called SMERA Open link in a new window.

SMERA is an electric vehicle. It's halfway between a car and a motorcycle. It's a two seater, but in motorcycle style, i.e. pillion sits behind the rider. The vehicle has 4 wheels, but very close to each other, and the bike/car "hangs/tilts" in the corners, a bit like the front wheels of a Piaggio MP3.

SMERA

The vehicle will run at a top speed of 130 kph (80 mph), so legally you can run it on the autoroutes, and you can get a range of 150 kilometers (90 miles) on a single charge (but probably not at the top speed).

The SNCF have invested money in this company because they want to complement their product/service offering. Eventually, they want to have a fleet of these vehicles stationed at the railway stations, and renting them out to people who need to go into the city.

SMERA

Well... at least these vehicles can't go on strike, like most of the SNCF.

Below is a promo video clip of the SMERA. It doesn't really show the capabilities of the beast, you barely get to see the tilting of the cabin in the curves, but it does show you a nice view of the vehicle on the road.

Lumeneo SMERA (3 minutes 7 seconds)

     
Click to see the Video clip
Click for more info on the SMERA Open link in a new window.

Via: le JDD



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