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Tesla Motorcycle

I know that the company is currently engaged with creating lower cost fully electric cars, but I was wondering if anyone knew if the company had future plans, however distant, of designing a fully electric motorcycle. Imagine the range that would be possible on a single charge if the battery only had to power a bike and a single passenger.

Excalabor | 29. Juli 2010

Assuming they could get an efficient batter down to size. It would be in the press had they announced anything like this. I do know if they did I would probably be a future customer. As technology improves no doubt there will be Tesla motorcycles, scooters and more.

TEG | 30. Juli 2010

Check out the Brammo Empulse:
http://www.brammo.com/empulse/

Roblab | 01. August 2010

While true that some car makers also build motorcycles, it is also true that many more do not. You'll never see a Ford or Chevy cycle. Kawasaki built airplane engines, as did BMW, but Honda started with motorcycles. Toyota never went that route. Just because a car company makes a cool product doesn't mean it will make motorcycles. And also importantly, a cycle has to have a much smaller battery than the car, so size cancels this out. You still will have either range, speed, or low price, but not all three.

searcher | 23. August 2011

BMW restarted by making kitchen pots and pans after the WWII bombing. That's what I call coming a long way.

just an allusion | 28. November 2013

@TEG:

IMHO, one of Tesla's primary modus operandi appears to be more so oriented towards a multi-occupancy commuter transportation format than singular occupancy type formats.

Anyway, there are already a lot of e-motorbike manufacturers out there such as the one you've noted though, FWIW, I'm liking Lito's offering in the form of the Soro:

http://www.litogreenmotion.com/#/meet-lito

Or the Lit Motors C1:

http://litmotors.com/c1/

just an allusion | 28. November 2013

@TEG:

IMHO, one of Tesla's primary modus operandi appears to be more so oriented towards a multi-occupancy commuter transportation format than singular occupancy type formats.

Anyway, there are already a lot of e-motorbike manufacturers out there such as the one you've noted though, FWIW, I'm liking Lito's offering in the form of the Soro:

http://www.litogreenmotion.com/#/meet-lito

Or the Lit Motors C1:

http://litmotors.com/c1/

just an allusion | 28. November 2013

EDIT:

(posted extra pics to make up for my earlier faux pas)

Timo | 28. November 2013

Dang, it looks like whoever is behind litmotors has read my posts. We need just that, and as vehicle class that doesn't really exist right now. For short errands in town, grocery shopping etc. as secondary (or primary, which way you look at it) vehicle.

[quote from page]
"Is the C-1 street legal? What kind of license do I need?

Yes, the C-1 is 100% street legal. At first, a motorcycle license will be required – but you can take that test in the C-1. We are working to have the C-1 recognized as a separate class of vehicle."
[end quote]

I just hope everyone doing those would lose that white color. It makes vehicle look as plastic toy. Put some color on them.

allen.riddoch01 | 29. November 2013

It is just for a single person, I guess it should be modified to two seater.

benswing | 30. November 2013

There are several electric motorcycle options available now. The Lito Sora (as pictured above) is not for sale commercially (though you can "pre-order"). Zero and Brammo make some great bikes!

Zero Motorcycles - http://www.ZeroMotorcycles.com

Brammo - http://www.Brammo.com

Vectrix - http://www.Vectrix.com

Also, I think Roblab made some good points. Tesla appears focused on cars and the motorcycle market is an entirely different beast altogether.

PorfirioR | 30. November 2013

Some nice bikes here, but my favorite is still the Lightning.
They hold nothing back.

Yes, that is 216 MPH.

http://www.lightningmotorcycle.com/

just an allusion | 04. Dezember 2013

@Timo & allen.riddoch01:

they come in a variety of colors/your choice of color (Timo), & they actually seat two(2), allen.

just an allusion | 04. Dezember 2013

@PorfirioR:

Speed at the sacrifice of range is not an equitable, or reasonable, trade off.

wynonnaoh | 06. Dezember 2013

And what if I'm not into "crotch rockets"? Anyone making something a little more Harly- like?

PorfirioR | 06. Dezember 2013

@just an allusion,

Speed will always sacrifice range. It is a trade off in a Model S as it is in a Prius.

By the way, the EPA-rated range for the Lightning is 150 Miles. Off course, just like with your Tesla, if you have too much fun on it, you won't go as far.

I was simply stating what I like.

just an allusion | 07. Dezember 2013

@wynonnaoh

Did you see the Lito Soro?

It's more of a cruiser type than it is a crotch rocket, though it's got a fair bit of oomph as well.

just an allusion | 07. Dezember 2013

@PorfirioR:

True, and I guess that it was contentious of me to point out the obvious...No offense intended.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions as well as their own likes and dislikes. I guess that I was speaking more to the range anxiety of EV's than I was any actual styling cues between one e-motorbike or another.

Timo | 07. Dezember 2013

@orfirioR; Speed will always sacrifice range. It is a trade off in a Model S as it is in a Prius.

Depends what your mean by "speed" in this context. If you are talking about top speed instead of current speed, then it isn't really any trade off. Bigger battery means more power available, and bigger electric motor is actually a bit more efficient than small one (as long as it's mass is not a factor). You kind of get that high top speed as side-effect for long range BEV.

Also to get high top speed you want the vehicle to be aerodynamic and that naturally increases range as well.

just an allusion | 08. Dezember 2013

@Timo:

Like I said, color of your choice.

just an allusion | 08. Dezember 2013

@allen.riddoch01:

And actually comes in a two-seater configuration from the factory.

Timo | 09. Dezember 2013

That second seat is not practical, but you can use that space as grocery bag compartment. I wonder if they could make a longer version of the same with proper back seat.

This is very close to some of the anime-futuristic bikes. Reality follows fiction. You just need to make it a bit sexier to sell well. Drop the green image, sell it to common people that don't care. Maybe a bit larger wheels could make the trick. Especially rear wheel.

Freedom of bike, convenience of a car.

just an allusion | 10. Dezember 2013

@Timo

How "practical" do you feel the passenger seating on a conventional motorbike to be?

As you can no doubt tell, it is the designers' intent to follow the typical ergonomics of a conventional motorbike while adding the additional dimensions of comfort, safety, and weatherability that one enjoys with an automobile, sort of a meshing of the two worlds with the added luxury of environmental awareness devoid of the typical safety and inclement weather concerns routine with normal motorbike commuting.

Timo | 11. Dezember 2013

Motorbikes don't have backrests that try to enter your mouth. I would feel really claustrophobic with that seating.

Tiebreaker | 11. Dezember 2013

How do you get in and close the door, without losing balance?

Timo | 11. Dezember 2013

It has legs that raise once vehicle is ready to drive. It also has rather neat gyroscopic balancing system, it wont fall over even when stopped. Technically very cool, it could look a bit more cool though.

just an allusion | 12. Dezember 2013

@Timo

Wouldn't a four-point harness prevent being force fed a back/headrest in an accident or during harsh braking, and doesn't the panoramic viewing of a see through canopy and wrap around windscreen circumvent the whole claustrophobic potential?

cloroxbb | 12. Dezember 2013

Lets not forget Mission Motorcycles as well.

just an allusion | 12. Dezember 2013

@Tiebreaker

As Timo said, the C-1 has a "really cool" twin gyroscopic balancing mechanism...

...that is located in its' belly...

...and enables it to maintain its' upright stance even in the case of an impact (video depicting the C-1's gyroscopic reaction to an impact):

http://www.smartplanet.com/article/lit-motors-unveils-concept-all-electr...

As well as a pair of auto extending and retracting legs deployed during complete stops/while parked:

Brian H | 12. Dezember 2013

Those front fender teeth look dangerous! ;)

Timo | 13. Dezember 2013

@allusion, no if backrest is just couple of inches in front of my head. Based on that picture it really is that close. Four-point harness is not enough if I can hit the rest just by nodding.

just an allusion | 13. Dezember 2013

@Brian H

That is just a paint scheme...Duh!

just an allusion | 13. Dezember 2013

@Timo

You know what, I'm pretty sure that it's more than a mere couple of inches, though they'll sort that out in the finish/production model and will make any necessary adjustments/modifications, yet the fact remains that you would be seated pretty much just the same on a conventional motorcycle, though I guess you don't like those either"?"

Timo | 13. Dezember 2013

Being passenger in motorcycle? No, not really.

just an allusion | 13. Dezember 2013

Lol! No, I don't guess that many are as pretty much all of us would much rather prefer to be in the driver's seat, though you'll have to at least acknowledge that the c-1 presents a VERY viable alternative to the typical encumbrances of conventional motorcycling..."?"

Juggernaut | 01. Oktober 2014

I like the Elio design. I think it would go far with a Tesla battery in it...