Prototype Electric Supercycle Plugs Into the Future
See original source for streaming video segment featuring lithium ion-powered electric motorcycle developers.
Oakland — IT'S "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," motorcycle style.
Lightning Motors' lithium-powered superbike looks like an R1. It even handles
like the Yamaha liter bike. But its innards have been wrenched and yanked
The entire engine is missing. So are the tailpipes, radiator, gas cap,
transmission and clutch. In their place: a wall of yellow batteries, an AC
regenerative motor, an electric throttle and a three-pronged plug, which pokes
out from the frame and connects to a standard outlet.
GM, which donated the now missing EV1 to the National Museum of American History, happens to be one of the Smithsonian Institution's biggest contributors, which seems a strange coincidence on the EVe of "Who Killed the Electric Car?".
There are so few green 'stars' at the British International Motor Show this year because there doesn't seem to be that much demand for them. Pictured is Axiam microcar similar to electric version debuted in London this week, along with Smart EV.