Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Prometheus Solar LLC’s solar-powered electric motorcycle


Below all that plastic, it's a Kaw Ninja 250 with its engine replaced with batteries...
Pics: AutoblogGreen

What would you do if your wife had a Kawasaki Ninja 250 which she didn’t use much? Jim Corning, the man who founded Prometheus Solar LLC, was faced with exactly such a situation, and decided to convert the bike into a solar-powered electric vehicle. We suppose some people just won’t be bothered with riding down to the nearest petrol filling station…

Being exhibited at the ongoing AltCar Expo, Corning’s electric bike has been designed on the lines of Craig Vetter’s Streamliner from the 1980s. And yeah, it looks as terrible now as it did back then.

Anyway, the bike is powered by lithium-ion phosphate batteries, which are connected to a 10HP electric motor. The batteries can be charged using solar panels (which, apparently, Mr Corning has installed in his house…), and are powerful enough to provide a range of about 80km and a top speed of around 110km/h. But don’t laugh. Twenty years down the line, we might all be riding around on contraptions like this…

Also see:
Vectrix: Simply electric...!
SAM: An electric trike from Switzerland…
Suzuki Crosscage: Riding the future...
A biofuel-powered Suzuki GSX-R!
Fast Fruit: Apple juice-powered Triumph Daytona 675...
Chinese company starts exporting hydrogen fuel-cell powered mopeds...
KillaCycle: The world’s quickest electric motorcycle...
Lightning Motors’ Lithium battery-powered Yamaha R1...

Elsewhere today:
Italian classics: Cagiva Alazzurra 350 and 650 picture gallery...
Bajaj increases stake in KTM Power Sports AG...
Build your own Ducati Desmosedici RR...!

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