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    Another fully enclosed EV - the C-1

    After a while all of these fully enclosed two-wheeled electric vehicles start looking alike, so I am not positive that we haven't see this before, but here is the C-1, whose claim-to-fame is that it is stabilized by gyros. Plus, at a price of 15,000 Pounds, seems pretty cheap. I wouldn't put too much money on this thing being financially successful though (in my opinion), but here it is:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...forts-car.html

    I might add that BMW may not be happy about this name, as they used to build a partially-enclosed IC scooter called the C-1 (which never sold well) and they also built a single EV prototype using their C-1 chassis and the Vectrix power train a few years ago.

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    One of my best friends is the Lead Prototype Engineer at Lit so I have been following their progress.

    I have long been skeptical of the concept and business model but they are doing some cool prototype work. I find the cargo scooter they built much more interesting (probably because it could be a viable machine) and they have some videos youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-trv9Ce492E

    They have a shop in SF that you can visit if you are in the area -- I recommend swinging by and getting the pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyclark View Post
    One of my best friends is the Lead Prototype Engineer at Lit ...
    dude... Why are they wasting time on a lead prototype?

    Wait. Wut?

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    actually i like it - when gasoline gets to ridiculous prices you might see a lot of those on the road...

    my bag gas is already at a ridiculous price...
    The Greatest thing about a EV, is the Song of the Terrain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddillard View Post
    dude... Why are they wasting time on a lead prototype?
    I lol'd.

    Low center of gravity?
    Follow me on twitter or read my blog.

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    I see a nice name issue with BMW and their C1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_C1

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddillard View Post
    dude... Why are they wasting time on a lead prototype?

    Wait. Wut?

    To quote Boris 'The Blade' Yurinov: "Heavy is good, heavy is reliable."

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    Cool.
    I wonder how much power just the gyro eats up? I guess it depends on how fast your going. It would mostly be used in low speed operation.
    But still, I bet it eats a LOT of power when in operation, like with some idiot that didn't balance the groceries.

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    I saw this on a show awhile back, Penn and Teller I think. I like both of their concepts. The C-1 makes 2 wheeled transport practical for basically anyone that can drive a car, but might be uncomfortable with a traditional motorcycle. The guy struck me as very intelligent from the video I watched, so that's a plus. I'm not sure if I'd call $24k, or even $16k "cheap" but I guess it depends on your point of reference. I do like the shorter profile and the lack of 'landing gear.' As a single commute vehicle I can't imagine anything more practical, save for perhaps an all wheel drive version for the winter, if they need even more of a technical challenge!

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