Zerotracer EV a wild ride? or novelty?

It's a sporty, two-seat, enclosed motorcycle that weighs less than 1,400 pounds, can do zero to 100 km/hr (62 mph) in less than 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph.

The Oerlikon Solar Zerotracer is a zero-emission vehicle competing in the Zero Race, an 80-day around-the-world race without tailpipe emissions. As good as the race may be, it's the vehicles running in it thats got our attention.

"When you are driving the Zerotracer, it feels like you are flying half-a-meter above the ground," said Tobias Wülser of the Swiss design firm Designwerk and one of the guys who designed and engineered the vehicle. "You forget that you are in a fully enclosed motorcycle. The vehicle is fast and has great acceleration."

Zerotracer is a bona fide EV with a 400-volt, 21-kilowatt-hour lithium iron phosphate battery pack. It's good for 217 miles and reportedly recharges in less than two hours. Although the team obviously has to charge up along the way, it is offsetting any CO2 emissions generated by the local power plant by using solar power at Oerlikon Solar's headquarters.



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