|See, even riding is evolving - droopy pearls & a scarf- those could get caught on something & get you killed.|
Electric seems to be the creative edge for unusual design... and the easiest place to excel at "creative" (can also be read as "strange" or "unique") seems to be mostly for single person type vehicles - like motorcycles.
A couple of years ago, on the anniversary of the motorcycle, we discussed a bit about classifying things as motorcycles and a lot of it had to do with the "spirit" of motorcycling I think. Things continue to evolve with innovators like Lit Motors, Ecolve, Brammo, and Killacycle. Granted it looks like a possible evolving edge to motorcycles. However, what it more probably is, is the wave of the electronic vehicle future. It is probably the only kind of "E"-vehicle I would try. So check out some of these pictures and visit some of their sites and see what you think... Motorcycle or not?
Killacycle is just "killa" they are drag racing their baby and showing that electric doesn't have to be an old, beat-down, dog with no bone.
American Brammo & British Ecolve are a bit more standard and definitely feel "motorcycle" to me and they are working to give you both speed and range. Both of which are high end goals when choosing a bike.
Brammo gives you three models & types of bike - Hot Street (Empulse), Average Joe (Enertia), and Off Road Eddy (Engage).
Ecolve reminds us that "Ecolve electric motorbikes use no oil, no volatile toxic petroleum. no lubricants or filters. It needs almost no maintenance at all. Only routine checks on tyre wear, pressures and control operation." (love they "tyre" it always sounds sexier doesn't it?!). They have two main offerings: Hot Street (Bolt) and Scooter Commuter (Spark).
|Ecolve Spark (even though this site is listing it incorrectly as the Bolt)|
So far so good right? I would list all of the above as motorbikes.
So, how about some of these?
LitMotors - They've been experimenting a bit. The two listed models are the C-1 (a weeble wobble bike that they say is self-balancing and can't fall over) which Lit calls a "rolling smart phone". Then there's the Cargo scooter (scooter is the operative term here).
|LitMotors Cargo Scooter|
|This looks to be an earlier or alternate version of the C-1, by Lit.|
More food for thought (and artistic motorcycling eyes):
|Bolt Electric motorcycle concept (yep, another bolt) - lighting can strike twice, but they are still not the same. I would vote this as a motorcycle.|
|Eggasus- Eggshell scooter (my vote- not a bike or scooter. It has 3 wheels and looks like something you might ride in at a dangerous Walmart Black Friday Shop fest).|
This one is fun - but really looks like a concept- The Frog eBike
|I vote this one - motorcycle, but it doesn't look comfortable for anything longer than a 15 min commute - but it would definitely snag eyeballs on the way!|
So, what do you think? Bike or Not? Are you excited to try some of these new concepts and e-rides out or are you just plain happy with your carbon footprint?