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Allen_okc
05 July 2012, 0951
OKAY!!! here i go again, another brain fart ideal - but has anyone ever thought about taking a long trip on your EV Motorcycle. If so how could a short distance sprinter take a long trip to Sturgis...

Is it possible to pull a trailer with a generator mounted in it so the bike can run off the generator and batteries???

Any suggestions...

EVcycle
05 July 2012, 1016
This is not good enough?

http://www.alliesparty.com/images/extension_cord.jpg

Hugues
05 July 2012, 1020
well,
you do realize that doing so you become even less efficient than an ICE bike, right ?

Richard230
05 July 2012, 1052
How about a 1700 mile trip on a Zero? http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=2212.0

picaroon
05 July 2012, 1113
I like how you think Allen :)
Your questions appeal to the wacky part in me. I'd scrap the trailer idea as I would think if your bike is 20hp then the generator would have to be 30hp (I dunno!). But try thinking along the lines of a little 200cc scooter engine with an auto transmission hung over the back like a saddle bag and turn your bike into a hybrid!! No need for chain or sprockets, just drive your rear wheel with friction from a rubber wheel shaped to match your tyre. A bolt on-able hybrid attatchment :p

Allen_okc
05 July 2012, 1122
interesting thoughts, but the only ability to travel would be to put the motorcycle on a trailer and pull it with a car - not good enough for me...

Allen_okc
05 July 2012, 1130
:cool: Thank You Richard, it looks like he is having a awesome time - maybe get an ice bike and pull my EV, nah never happen...

:D i really would like to take my bike on a long road trip, still looking for ideals...

:mad: are we going to allow the EV to be regarded as only commuter vehicles - I SAY NO, that just doesn't settle well with me... :O who's with me come on fellows, there are some very smart people here, surely we can provide a cure for this problem...

:rolleyes: as i ducks and runs away...

Hugues
05 July 2012, 1131
be patient, now that they discovered the Higgs boson, they'll come up with kick ass energy solutions....:)

Allen_okc
05 July 2012, 1205
:cool: Thank You Hugues - that made me feel better... :o so there is light at the end of the tunnel...

Richard230
05 July 2012, 1458
If you could manipulate the Higgs boson, you could reduce or eliminate the mass of a vehicle. That would really make for some fast acceleration and stopping, quick cornering, and you could even get long range from Hi Power batteries - assuming that you didn't overdue it and fly right off the planet. :O

billmi
05 July 2012, 1834
How about a 1700 mile trip on a Zero? http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=2212.0

Yep, no need for a generator, just charge up at charging stations and Nissan dealerships.

gasfreeearth
24 July 2012, 0628
Thanks Richard and Bill for the support. Yes I tend to agree since I have done a bunch of long trips now, and I too was at one time thinking the gas generator route, but I realized that was silly and defeated the purpose of having an electric vehicle to begin with. Plus using a gas generator, unless you brought along a 200 pound, 4000 watt generator, would just take forever.

The charging stations put out 7200 watts and most are free and they are everywhere! The key is carrying the chargers with you. Most lithium these days can handle a rather large C rating, so the problem of not being able to go long distances is now over. Just charge faster on trips when needed, and charge slower at home to milk some extra life out of the batteries.

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More info on the 1700 mile trip here (http://www.facebook.com/lifeoffthegrid). Scroll back to June 2-5, 2012 on the timeline.

Allen_okc
24 July 2012, 0821
Thank You gasfreeearth - i think its awesome that you are out there pushing the limits, i hope to do the same thing soon...

DaSunny
13 April 2014, 0307
This is not good enough?

http://www.alliesparty.com/images/extension_cord.jpg (http://hackerbot.net/)

How long is that? 50m?

ardhout
13 April 2014, 0853
Is it possible to pull a trailer with a generator mounted in it so the bike can run off the generator and batteries???
Any suggestions...

Not a strange idea because this is actually how all the long-range electric cars work! Car motor is fully driven by the batteries, and after 80-100 kilometers when the batteries are almost empty, a small generator will start to work to charge the batteries and extend the range till fuel is empty.

Efficiency could still be OK, because the generator will work at it's most efficient RPM, while an ICE works often works outside the ideal RPM.