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Tokyo based Axle Corporation has introduced a new electric motorbike with a hybrid plug-in, electromagnetic-permanent magnet motor, and is seven times more cost-efficient than scooters running on petrol.
Prototype is named EV-X7.
- http://www.axle-group.com (does not seem to exist-unable to find a website for this company)
- Magnetic motor, call Sumo, is a hybrid between a electromagnet and a permanent magnet.
- Runs on neither petrol nor diesel.
- Motor housed inside the bike's rear wheel.
- The manufacturers say the motor is seven times more cost efficient than scooters running on petrol.
- Almost noiseless
- Range: as much as 180 kilometers on one charge.
- Battery can be charged at home.
- Full charge takes just a little over six hours.
- The vehicle can travel up to speeds of 150 kilometers per hour.
- Daisuke Ito, a professional racer who test rode the EV-X7 prototype, said it could potentially replace machines we now see in motor races.
- New SUMO (YouTube; June 2006)
The company hopes to apply the technology to four wheelers.
The company plans to start selling a mini-scooter version of the magnetic-powered bike next year, which will be priced at about $2100.
In the News
- One of the coolest electric bikes yet: the EV-X7 Prototype - Designed and built by a company called Axle Corporation, the EV-X7 is driven by an electric wheel hub motor and has a top speed of 93 mph. This, of course, is a snail's pace compared to modern motorcycles, but then again, this doesn't burn an ounce of fossil fuel. (AutoblogGreen; Nov. 8, 2007)
- Intriguing Electric Bike: The EV-X7 Prototype - The intriguing electric bike seen in this video, the EV-X7, has a magnetic motor built into its rear wheel. The motor is a hybrid between a electromagnet and a permanent magnet. It was designed by the Axle Group in Japan. The bike has a range of about 110 miles on a single charge, and a top speed of about 92 mph. The company plans to start selling a mini-scooter version of the magnetic-powered bike next year, which will be priced at about $2100. (TreeHugger; Nov. 8, 2007)
- Japanese company designs hybrid bike - Tokyo based Axle Corporation has introduced a new electric motorbike with a hybrid plug-in, electromagnetic-permanent magnet motor, and is seven times more cost-efficient than scooters running on petrol. (NDTV.com, New Delhi, India; Apr. 7, 2006)
- New kind of 'Sumo' unveiled in Japan - A Japanese vehicle manufacturer unveiled on Tuesday (April 4) the prototype of a new electric motorbike carrying a hybrid magnetic motor. (NTDTV; April x, 2006)
- EV-X7 Electric Motorbike from Japan- - New kind of 'Sumo' hybrid magnetic motor highlighted in [New Energy News] article - April 12, 2006
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Construction of a small size high power motor is a good technical achievement. Most electric motors today operate at over 95% efficiency; thus, there is not really much room for efficiency improvement. However, a good electrical coupling between a high storage capacity battery and such a motor can provide remarkable mileage for a scooter. Thus, while this is not earth shattering, it is certainly good engineering.
-- Robert Indech, PhD PE (April 11, 2006)
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