Tuesday, 8 May 2012

eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle

The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle is a breed apart. Using an 8kW permanent magnetic brushless CMG motor / generator (which can output 400 amps) and a 4-stroke gasoline engine, the eCycle hybrid motorcycle does what any hybrid motorcycle should, which is deliver 180 mpg in fuel efficiency.


The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle delivers 0-60 in just 6 seconds with a top speed of 80 mph. The target retail price for this hybrid motorcycle is just $5,500. The electric motor is used to power the motorcycle at lower speeds and once the eCycle hits cruising speed the gasoline engine takes over and the electric motor switches over to an electric generator and recharges the battery.
At 1500rpm or approximately 12mph, the vehicle control system directs the fuel injection to commence. The motorcycle then receives torque input from both the engine and the electric motor until the motorcycle hits higher speeds and the gasoline engine takes over completely.
At only 230 lbs, the eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle has been redesigned from the 2001 model, which featured a 219 cc diesel-electric hybrid power system. The newer eCycle also features lower, more relaxed seating position, making the platform ideal for entry-level riders and commuters and the rear suspension sports a Penske Racing Coil-Over Mono-Shock.
The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle transmission is a 2-speed, constant mesh, 3-shaft design utilizing ball and needle bearing construction with custom rolled gears. Low gear features an over-running clutch for smooth shifting and safety.
Established in 1996 and located in Temple, PA, eCycle produces a line of advanced brushless motors and generators, which have a wide range of applications in commercial, industrial, and consumer markets worldwide, particularly for mobile applications. The CMG Silicon Series and MG Series of electric motor / generators can be adapted to other uses as well (such as for high-end hybrid outboard motors, mobile hydraulics, robotics or for large centrifugal pumps).
In addition, recreational vehicles, residential and small business back-up, including in
conjunction with solar, wind and hydropower, will benefit from the eCycle auxiliary power units (APU). The APU can use renewable fuels such as bio diesel and ethanol. This is important since high efficiency mobile DC power solutions will help in compliance with anti-idling laws that are being mandated throughout Canada and the United States.
eCycle has positioned itself as a leading, small hybrid motor manufacturer with many practical uses that goes far beyond motorcycles. Then again, for enthusiasts and environmentalists, what's wrong with taking an eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle out for a spin or for a very long road trip at 180 mpg?

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