• Sep 2nd 2009 at 2:46PM
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Tom Miceli's ION electric motorcycle - click above for high-res image gallery

Kids today! We've all heard the exclamation made just before the recitation of a time-honored list of character flaws; lazy, irresponsible, always partying, no motivation etc. As evidenced by the sleek work of eco-vehicular art pictured above, apparently there's at least one young man you can't pin any of those attributes on. Fresh out of Appalachian State University where he left with a BS in Industrial Design tucked in his pocket, Tom Miceli showed off his ION electric motorcycle at the recently held Southern Energy and Environment Expo 2009. We suspect he needed someone standing by with a bucket and mop to keep the floor drool-free.

The ION was conceived, designed, modeled and constructed in a single semester with a "minimal budget" rendering results that are most impressive indeed. The 84 volt, lithium battery-powered bike uses an AC motor that yields 105 lb feet of torque, 46 hp and allows for regenerative braking. Top speed is estimated at about 80 mph with a range of 60 miles while the waiting time for a full charge using a typical household plug is six hours. Performance characteristics are probably best summed up by Tom on the video after the break. Conferring with someone off camera after driving the bike from its exhibition booth across the waiting pavement outside, you can hear him say, "it doesn't need to pull any harder than that. It's kinda scary." If you know anyone who could make good use of Tom's talents, better contact this employment seeker quickly before he realizes he could start his own company. Kids today, indeed.

[Source: Tom Miceli via Plugbike]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      .... there's something funny looking about that girl.

      If they could build the actual bike couldn't they have hired the actual model?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nobody will ever buy that , LOL. You cannot go anywhere except in the neiborood and this is a sport bike, Lol. You cannot drive it on the highway or a regular road because the battery will overheat and you cannot fast recharge it, even if there were fast chargers everywhere because of the overheat problems. And on the highway, you are at risk of a sudden battery depletion and this is dangeurous and might give you an accident or a ticket.

      I said long time ago to fit a small battery recharger with these silly gadjets. Even laptop computers are having a hard time with their batteries and that is working in constant voltage and amperage ( impedance ), this bike is always working in changing impedance, acceleration, deceleration, charging, fast charging , different speeds, the exact thing that a battery cannot do, batteries are only a back-up device, nothing strong is working with a battery only, LOL, maybe a battery + a small inboard electric recharger and performance enhencer might do the trick. If you recharge a laptop you can still use it contrary to this wannabe road going bike.

      I said battery only is a hoax from this site and big-oil and high financial circles that collect billions a day for toxic mud dealing and trading and law regulations and subsidies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I mean enhancer. Everyone knowing electricity will fit a small battery for light duty cruising, recapture breaking power, idling at stop lights, city driving and then when the power needs are bigger then the small electric generator kick-in for more sustained acceleration and cruising speeds. If you fit a costly and weighthy battery like the volt to propel the car entirelly at 60+ mph for a range of 40 miles then the battery is huge and costly and after a while then the big 1.4 liter 4 cylinders engine kick-in then you have 2 huge devices that cost a lot and don't work very well together. But the silliest thing is to sell a 1 battery only thing that supposedly can move you normally, LOL.

        The generator must be small and efficient. A motorcycle like this need approx 5-6 h.p to drive well as an average, so the generator can be set at 10 h.p for a no problem ride, a 100 cc ice can be enouph and cost few. For the regenerative breaking things are more difficult for a motorcycle because the electric drive is on the rear wheel and rear wheel don't brake too much, so few renegerative breaking.

        The ones working actually on electric cars or motorcycles are in a panic state because they listen everyone and have adopted silly dreams of 'electric only something' , nothing suck as a fixed idea when you talk abouth a domain as large and known as cars and motorcycles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What are you rambling about? What is a performance "enhencer"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just ignore gorr....In his 900+ comments on this website, almost all are putting everything down or bitching about the government and big oil. He's never got anything productive to say. His lack of basic spelling and grammar makes me think he never got past the 8th grade.

        He has no respect for the garage inventor whatsoever. He's also very un-educated on the latest technologies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beats a scooter all to hell!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Started with a Buell, it appears. If so, that's a great frame to start with.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It makes quiet a bit of noise for an electric bike (not that it is a problem). This is a fantastic piece of work. He has put to shame companies like Honda and Suzuki, this kid designed and built the bike himself (probably had some help though), and major manufacturer can't pull something like this together?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful machine, fascinating creator, and a great aritcle. All good stuff.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice job!

      (but not fond of the big front fairing)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This kid just built himself a rolling resume. It shows he not only has a degree in books but in practical application. Employers love that stuff. Good job Tom, and from a university in my own back yard to boot. Congrats.
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