• Dec 25th 2009 at 12:01PM
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The World's First Production Hybrid Motorcycle (really more like a noped – a moped sans pedals, if you ask us) is about to go on sale in India, and it will return about 280 miles per gallon with a top speed of 40 miles per hour. If that top speed seems a bit on the slow side, well, that's what you get for the low, low price of $855.

Eko Vehicles, a manufacturer based in Bangalore, developed the vehicle with assistance from U.S.-based Emerging Technologies. The ET-120 uses a 70cc gasoline-powered engine mated up with a small electric motor, and the company claims the machine will offer performance on par with a typical 120cc powerplant.

So, it may not be as interesting as electric motorcycles from Brammo or Zero, but it will also be much more accessible to a lot more users than most other competitive products, save, perhaps, for the ubiquitous Honda Cub. And it comes with a five-year warranty, to boot.

[Source: Eko Vehicles via Wired]

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      • 2 Years Ago
      send me brochure! 37280 Vintage Circle, Murrieta, CA 92562, USA
      • 2 Years Ago
      Need a dealership in S. Ca.? My business is within 1 hour of 3 million people who all desperately want affordable, green transportation!
      • 5 Years Ago
      BTW Eko Vehicles have a website: http://www.ekovehicle.com/index.asp?file=products and their company claims to have got its technology from the USA where its founder lives.

      Maybe Autoblog Green could check and find out more?
      • 5 Years Ago
      id buy 2... As long as i could get service for it somewhere.

      To be honest, the 240MPG would make getting around extremely cheap... thereby justifying the cost in about a few months.

      Not to mention that thing doesnt even require a riders permit in most states as its under 125cc's...

      Good deal imho... id still buy it even if it stayed that ugly... someone insults you, just whip out 5 bucks and tell them you are going out of state on it and will only spend that much in gas.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Surely someone can come up with a nicer frame to put the whole lot into?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Talk about cheap transportation! I am ready to write the check!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now,We are talking.
      $855.00 dollars is a steal,just like the grandaddy of the auto world,the model T was.
      Now if We can just get a no-frills PEV's for $15,000.00.
      That almost sounds doable,right?
      Ah,but the Geo-corporate crowd has forgotten about an old model which used to exist and it was called "Volume Sales".
      Maybe the Brahman class in India still remembers,Tata Motors makes Me think that They still do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $855? Are you kidding? No one will buy this in India! Most mopeds are much cheaper and many mainstream bikes are too...

      Considering that this will probably weigh much more than a conventional moped and not improve all that much on their already good economy it simply won't sell.

      Just for reference:

      The Bajaj Platina is Rs 36,000 (roughly $720) [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajaj_Platina]

      And the TVS Jive [ http://indianautosblog.com/2009/11/tvs-launches-scooter-wego-and-auto-clutch-jive-press-release-and-images] Is roughly $820

      This is more a gimmic than anything else...

      Bear in mind that these bikes (which have significantly higher performance and an established service network) give you something like 150 miles to the gallon in city traffic....
      • 5 Years Ago
      We already have mopeds in the US that get 100+ MPG and go 40MPH that are straight gas! The law limits them to 49CC here in the US. The cost is (c) $600 US, AND they just plain look cooler... This is no step forward.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, does this have regenerative braking? :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      i know it doesn't look cool. However a big component of being "green" we often forget to think about is all that plastic/material that might potentially make it look cool but would really serve no purpose. This is a barebones machine made with the least possible amount of plastic/materials. Pretty green in my opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ubiquitous Honda Cub? I wish.

      I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat at that price.
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