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Electric Yamaha? - November 12, 2013, 03:52 PM

Hopefully they do get into it. Getting the big players involved seems like an important step to me.
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November 12, 2013, 04:07 PM

Yeah, still early days. But the battery tech is improving yearly. I'm guessing 5 more years before it's a reasonable alternative for 150 mile ranges. (And hopefully not overnight charging.) Still, unless you are at full throttle all the time....that's going to meet the needs of most riders typically. Especially commuters. Now if the price of the vehicle is reasonable...then it's even better.


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Yeah, still early days. But the battery tech is improving yearly. I'm guessing 5 more years before it's a reasonable alternative for 150 mile ranges. (And hopefully not overnight charging.) Still, unless you are at full throttle all the time....that's going to meet the needs of most riders typically. Especially commuters. Now if the price of the vehicle is reasonable...then it's even better.
It's the battery power issue that's slowing this down because of lack of energy density and range on electric motors outside urban centers. With the new 3d printed microscopic density anode/cathode tech that's coming out I think we're going to see the first major jump in battery tech since the release of lithium ion batteries onto the market. It's certainly going to increase the energy potential of smaller batteries and translate to smaller or more complex devices and technology.

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November 12, 2013, 05:41 PM

The heat is still an issue. I'm wondering how the batteries with higher energy density are going to be able to dissipate the heat generated.


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The heat is still an issue. I'm wondering how the batteries with higher energy density are going to be able to dissipate the heat generated.
Tesla solved this in the Model S by using liquid cooled battery packs.


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Tesla solved this in the Model S by using liquid cooled battery packs.

Hmmm. SO essentially a radiator type of setup could do the same thing with a tiny impeller pushing the water past the battery just like in a typical engine.


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It looks really slow in that video. It also shows it topping out at 100 kph...



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It looks really slow in that video. It also shows it topping out at 100 kph...
Fair enough but remember that this is a concept bike and more of a first draft than something resembling a product for market.
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November 21, 2013, 12:58 PM

And I don't think it's really meant to be that fast. It's like a BRD as opposed to a Mission RS.
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Fair enough but remember that this is a concept bike and more of a first draft than something resembling a product for market.

And the Zero line of bikes has a top end and battery usage issue. They added a gearbox to help with both. Dunno the specifics about this one yet, but if the major manufacturers are getting in on this....it's a good thing.

Think about it. Nearly silent motorcycles in the woods. Suddenly we have almost the same environmental impact as your average mountain biker.


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Think about it. Nearly silent motorcycles in the woods. Suddenly we have almost the same environmental impact as your average mountain biker.
Yep, this is one of the things I really look forward to. I wonder if, ultimately, electric dirt bikes might be crazy light compared to gas bikes.
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