Ted Dillard’s post about the new Zero motors got my head chugging in a direction it hasn’t for a while. It got me thinking about not how to spec a race bike build (although that always comes up) but what about my poor VFR that is sitting all alone wheelless and exhaustless back in Maine (thank you douchebags who raided my brother’s garage a year ago). I have always been more of a fan of the AC induction motors rather than the small pancake style ones. But picture Agni 95s that are brushless, and that in a dual motor setup could be good for over 90 hp (closer to or over 100 with some hotrodding). That is a 20 to 30 hp gain with only a 20lb (maybe more with controller weight) weight gain. That’s more powerful than the eCRP, Agni, Moto Electra, and the Brammo! Yes please, can I have another? Now, as you can see I have gone off into the land of fictional hobby building, so please appropriate sized grain of salt now, if you haven’t already.
Ok, so I’m day dreaming about batteries and pack size and how to put everything together, and then the record skipped. Pack size? Yeah, pack size. How much can I stuff under my ’91 VFR’s fairings, and how far do I need to go? Well, 200Whr per mile is a good estimate of how far I could cruze on the interstate. I should be able to stuff 10kWh in there, but 11.5? Ehhh. So, that is 50 miles. Fine for back home in Maine as long as I could top off in Bangor or Waterville. It would just get me to Nashville from where I live now. That’s cutting it a bit close. Then I think of my interview with Jensen Beeler (it’s coming) and talking about his upcoming test of the new Zero, and how he’s going to get it from Zero’s headquarters to his place ( like there’s no charging station’s in SF). It has a 112 mile range around town with a 9kWh pack. It is amazing how much more energy you use on the interstate. Going slower in your gas car increases your range a little bit, but in an EV it nearly doubles it. I would be certain to make it Nashville with decent reserves if I was willing to go slower. And consequently, Jensen would be able to make it home if he took the scenic back roads. So, until battery density improves 5 fold, or even 2 fold, elmoto owners may start taking the slow way to places so they can be certain to get where they want with plenty of reserves. Oh yes, twist my arm and make me take the PCH instead of I-5 or the 101, whenever I get back to California. Elmoto riders now have a legitimate excuse to take the scenic back roads to where they are going.
This could have some serious cultural implications. Like people taking roads like Route 66 instead of the interstate. Well, unitl the battery density comes. Only now, I’m not so sure I want that day to come anytime soon.