150mph Electric motorbike speeds down American roads

Is an electric variation of the purring, petrol-using motorbike an alternative for the future?


A British electric-powered sportsbike is taking to roads in the U.S. to foster interest in the next generation of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Designed and manufactured by Agility, the Saietta R -- "thunderbolt" in Apennine Italian -- has been constructed with company founder Lawrence Marazzi's Formula One roots in mind. Constructed like an F1 car with a composite monocoque chassis, the sportsbike is able to go from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds. The motorbike's peak motor power reaches 91hp with 127 Nm of torque. The Saietta R weighs under 200kg, and is capable of covering 112 miles on one charge with a 12 mile reserve -- although of course it would depend on how you handle the bike.

The Saietta's battery pack can be charged through main outlets, and takes just over three hours to power back up fully. The operating cost, assuming a 5 pence/kWh standard, is 45 pence per 100 miles.

Rather than focusing on the environmental elements of the EV, the design is the head-turner -- and the makers of the sportsbike are hoping the vehicle's futuristic look will entice the U.S. market. Already available in the U.K. for a retail price of £13,975.00 (€16,867), the Saietta will make its debut across the pond at the Clean And Cool Missions green technology showcase in Colorado this week.

Marrazi commented:

"We've been working with the next generation of electric technology to develop this model over the past five years. What sets us apart from our competitors is that we have started our design on a clean sheet of paper and the bike is not just derived from the format of traditional motorbikes, which makes us higher performance than a petrol bike."

The motorbike is powerful, but as an EV, it is also very quiet -- which is not necessarily an advantage as a biker. Motorcyclists are already often involved in accidents where car drivers do not see them coming -- and adding silence to the mix could be detrimental to the safety of both, as well as pedestrians who are not paying attention when crossing the road. In addition, it is worth asking why demand in the U.K. is not higher -- and this could be due to the fact that the EV could not be personally stamped or modified, and there would be no way to customize the bike, something which many motorcyclists enjoy doing.

Via: Yahoo

Image credit: Agility

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