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Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Electric Motorcycle Travels Around The World In 80 Days For $400!

January 24th, 2013 by  

An electric motorcycle recently traveled around the world in 80 days for only $400.

It is called a Zerotracer and is powered by lithium-polymer batteries and a Brusa electric motor. Lithium-polymer batteries are a member of the lithium-ion battery family and they happen to be particularly energy dense, as well as powerful.

Electric Zerotracer Motorcycle.
Photo Credit: Inhabitat

Energy density, for the uninitiated, is energy storage per kg of batteries, and power refers to how quickly they can discharge their energy. The faster they can discharge, the greater the burst of power they can provide to the motor(s). Lithium-polymer batteries also last longer than average.

This electric motorcycle’s batteries can be recharged in two hours using a 240-volt power outlet, and in 6 hours using a 120-volt one, and can power the vehicle for 250 km (155 miles) per charge.

The charge time of the batteries has a profound impact on how far electric vehicles can travel, due to the fact that, if you can charge quickly enough — in less than 15 minutes, for example — you can easily keep recharging along the way until you reach your destination, even if it is hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

This is why charge time should be an even bigger priority than battery energy density. Short range batteries can take you very far if you can recharge them quickly enough.

Typical batteries take several hours to charge, so you can’t keep stopping for several hours to charge during an already long trip.

This electric bike is equipped with a heater, two wheels for propulsion, and two tiny stabilizing wheels which extend out of the sides of the vehicle to keep it upright when in a state of rest.

Source: Inhabitat

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  • Jeffrey Rust

    I see mostly features and benefits. It seems like a sales ad. I would have liked to know more specific details about the world trip. Do they say how they budgeted only $400 to get it around the globe ? I had to google the company and look up the details on their website. It seems they shipped it over the Pacific and Atlantic are those fees included ? They say over 36,000km are they saying that was the distance the vehicle traveled under its own power with a driver or with the shipping companies help ? It seems to have a lot of holes in the around the world concept.
    It is not a ship or a plane. Why not tell us how many times they charged in total, how much of the 80 days was used for charging ? It seemed like one picture I saw they plugged directly into the grid at a Pole. Did they pay for that electricity ?
    I am an advocate of new tech including green tech but, I do not like it when details are left out.

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