Electric motorbikes are in!

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Electric motorbikes are in!

Electric motorbikes are playing with the big boys now, with high-performance sporty and extra-urban models.

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Do you live in Quebec and want to be involved in your city’s sustainable development strategy? It’s now possible, thanks to the citizen forum on sustainable mobility, proposed by the Accès transports viables [access to viable transport] association, we learn from Québec en mouvement. In order to gather opinions from the groups and citizens involved in this societal issue, several themes have been chosen: public transport, intermodality, investment… The public consultations will take place on the 21st, 22nd and 25th September, and people can also get involved online.

Back to France where mobility also has pride of place, with Mobility and Road Safety Week, which has been organised yearly by the Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea since 2002. Néo Planète stipulates that this year’s edition will be honouring green and responsible means of transport, such as dynamic car pooling and electric mobility. Events are being organised all over France and can be found on this website: http://www.bougezautrement.gouv.fr .

Sustainable mobility can also be looked at from a light-hearted point of view, as suggested by The City Fix. with an article devoted to sustainable mobility in the movies. From Batman Begins, in which the superhero’s father promoted an access to public transport for all to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which showed a red tramway in the megalopolis of Los Angeles in the 1940s, the reader will realise that sustainable mobility wasn’t invented yesterday and knew how to convince Hollywood.

Electric motorbikes are in

Electric motorbikes are no longer the prerogative of Sunday inventors or low-capacity, ultra-urban vehicles. Automobile Propre looks at the Bol d’Or race, held in parallel with the 4th round of the e-Power Championship, organised by the International Motorcycling Federation. Although only 5 motorbikes took part in the competition, their statistics are comparable with those of traditional motorbikes, with an average speed of 133km/h (82.6 mph) for the winner of this year’s race!

Another sign of this increase in popularity for electric two-wheelers is the performance of the Empulse 10.0 model, sold by Brammo, which was the first manufacturer to sell an electric motorbike, the Enertia, on the US market 3 years ago. Gizmag stipulates that the new model is powerful, practical and fast; on a two-hour charge, it can cover almost 150 kilometres (93.2 miles) at 150km/h. And all this for a total cost of just under €11,000 (£9,184) that, with all the various state subsidies available, could be reduced to €5,500 (£4,587).

These models may seem destined for racing and extra-urban riding however, Smart is offering a new electric scooter concept, we learn from Automotorblog. With a 100-km (62-mile) range, this scooter, which will be on display at the Paris Motor Show in October, includes an integrated airbag, a significant difference that could appeal to certain users.

The Chevy Volt on parade in Shanghai

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Shanghai World Expo 2010 is obviously motivating automotive constructors, which are doing everything they can to show their most advanced models in this key market for future electric cars. AVEM tells us that Chevrolet, which is really counting on its Volt hybrid, has thus sent two models to China to be used to transport VIPs. The Volt has a Lithium-ion battery and can cover 60 km (37.3 miles) running off electricity, before changing to petrol mode to drive a further 450km (280 miles).

Treehugger adds that China is definitely the main market being targeted for the Chevy Volt. General Motors, which owns the marque, is keen on highlighting the advantages of this hybrid in terms of range, compared to all-electric models. However, the American webzine concludes that, although these models will be popular when they are released in 2011, the trend will remain with those models that run off electricity.

Innovation in electric matters

It’s not only in cars that electric is becoming trendy, points out Cleantechies. which looks at an experiment carried out by the underground operators on Philadelphia, in the Unites States. By installing batteries in the underground stations, the operator intends to collect the kinetic energy released by the trains braking. If all 38 of the city’s underground stations were to use such a system, the electricity bill could be reduced by 40%, and the surplus generated could even be resold to the city’s electricity network.

In the financial services sector too, innovation continues. We learn from Buzz News Assurances that leading French insurer Macif will be presenting an insurance policy specifically conceived for electric vehicles at the Paris Motor Show. The offering, which will be unveiled at the show, should be cheaper than traditional insurance, in order to encourage the insured to acquire an electric car.

Finally, the most innovative cities in terms of electro-mobility are also to be honoured, since AVERE has launched the Awards for Electro-Mobile Towns, in partnership with the Association of French Mayors, EDF and the Research Institute for Business Vehicles (OVE). Carfutur adds that all towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants are invited to compete, and can find out about their chances by looking at the criteria such as the operations in place to encourage purchasing EVs, the number of electric vehicles in municipal fleets and the level of communication organised around electric mobility.

Brammo Empulse 10.0
Brammo Empulse 10.0
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