Here's another effort on the electric motorcycle front, the fully enclosed and self balancing C1 from Lit Motors. The self balancing feature comes from gyroscopes mounted on gimbals in the frame, so, once they spin up, the C1 stays upright on its own. It has in wheel electric motors and hub center steering.
The video shows it has considerable resistance to tipping over, a pretty neat feature, and we can speculate all we want about what it would take to really lay it down, but since standard motorcycles are far less stable, saying the C1 might fall over under some circumstances is not really an argument against it.
The video and web site have differing statements of projected range, so let's say 100+ miles and leave it at that. Daniel Kim, company CEO, says 2013 is when they would like to have it on the market at a price of around $16,000.
It will be nice if this and the many other electric motorcycles under development actually become viable. They all look good and sound promising, but so did the Chevy Volt. Sooner or later, someone will find the right combination. Will this be it? We'll see.
Thanks, Matt, for the tip.
Link: Lit Motors