• Feb 19th 2010 at 2:58PM
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Efficiency and speed will both be demanded of Progressive Automotive X-Prize entrants and the E-Tracer that Peraves has announced it will bring to the competition has both of those characteristics in spades. Serious spades. The only question unanswered is whether or not is has the lesser cards needed for a $10 million-winning royal flush. Putting that aside for now though, let's take a closer look at this electric cabin cycle and some of the cards it's holding.

The E-Tracer is the electric version of the Swiss company's MonoTracer and shares the .19 drag coefficient of that BMW-engined machine as well as its low rolling resistance and relatively light weight. Instead of having a gas-burner hooked to a gearbox for guts, the clean version has a highly efficient AC induction motor. A powerful one. The AC Propulsion Gen II with 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 162 pound feet of torque to be exact. In the Peraves X-Prize participant, that translates to a sub-four second 0-60 time and a top speed of 150 miles per hour (electronically limited). Its 20 kWh lithium battery has enough juice to drive 186 miles (300 km) at 60 mph (100 km/h) and still leave you with a 20-mile reserve at about 50 mph.

We'll leave it to the judges to decide how well this two-seater meets their other criteria but if you've already decided you'd like to park one in your garage, the wait may last a year and cost you around €79,350 ($107,800 at today's rate). Unless you want to hold out for a planned 268 hp Ultra-Sport version, which we assume will cost more. To see the original MonoTracer in action, (and get a look at the way those outrigger wheels work at low speed) hit the jump for official-looking video plus bonus footage of the first one to roll on American shores.

[Source: Peraves via Tesla Motors Club]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's always exciting to see this come out.
      If I could afford this or a Porsche, I'd buy this...

      But, it's an enclosed motorcycle now? Does that mean motorcycle shifting?

      Spec, what's wrong with an enclosed bike?
      That means you could drive it to work, up north, 9 months of the year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Carver One, now bankrupt:

      • 5 Years Ago
      Conveniently shaped like a coffin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Way too pricey, but looks fun to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello 2-wheeled Audi R8?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this thing looks awesome! the price is insane though. i do wish them luck in mass producing it. if they could offer an economy model with less power for $15k, i'd buy it in a heartbeat.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh . . . that should fail on the commercial factors. That thing just won't sell. It looks like an enclosed bicycle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, they've sold about 100 in the 30 years since their introduction.

        sooo... right you are

        (though I like the idea of an enclosed motorcycle).
        • 5 Years Ago
        that it looks like an eclosed motorcycle (which it actually is) is not a valid criticism.
        it could look like a rabid dolphin if there was a good reason.
        but while it does have a lot of very good qualities such as low energy use and high performance and I imagine fun driving I see one major flaw with this configuration and that is stability and to a bit lesser extend emergency meneuverability. while at speed it has only two wheels like a motor cycle and like a motor cycle that means it will crash often. and slippery road like sand, water, ice and you are at genuine risk of dying. 2 wheel vehicles are just not good.
        (that's why my concept has 4 wheels letstakeawalk. it's no accident)
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is exactly the kind of vehicle Dan Frederiksen would like. Small, light-weight, they even took his tandem idea.

        • 5 Years Ago
        You've got a point, Dan. That was why Piaggio made that dual front wheel design for their MP3 scooter. Nissan also recently showed off a tandem seat tilting design electric commuter that had 4 wheels, IIRC it was called the Land Glider. Both of those would show greater traction and stability in adverse weather conditions.

        The Monotracer does have outrigger wheels, but I don't know how much they would help for skid prevention or emergency braking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much taxpayer money did they get to produce this wonderful little miricle?


      What DID they need? FREE COMPETITION!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Free competition, of course, restrained only by the limitations the X-prize committee chose. An enclave of individuals enforcing their whims with no oversight, making their decisions behind closed doors based on pre-conceived ideology...

        They weren't elected - they were selected!


        //political beliefs are fun to mock
        • 5 Years Ago

        Do you even know what the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is? There is a link in the above article which can tell you a little about the FREE COMPETITION which is NOT funded by ANY gov't.

        Taxpayer money = ZERO
        Waste = ZERO
        Taxpayer risk = ZERO
        Cronyism = ZERO
        Results = GREAT!

        Competition is GOOD and you can only have REAL, FREE competition when it is NOT being screwed-up by progressive-liberal-socialist-leftist-Keynesian fools.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's that? I thought there was no free market...

        Oh, you mean the one in Germany... that libertarian's paradise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Polo, that IS crony corporatist progressivism and it IS to blame for the failed welfare/warfare state we find ourselves in. Blame A. Hamilton, A. Lincoln, W. Wilson & FDR. Statists all, corporate cronies all, redistributionists ALL!

        First you blame the free market and then you say we have no free market. Bipolar much? Perhaps you just don't understand what FREE and Economic Liberty are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no such thing as free market in America's corporatist system so stop pretending.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a motorcycle rider I would love to try this thing out - it looks fun to ride (drive).

      Run-away capitalistic greed, without government regulation, by the way, is what caused this global recession. If it weren't for the democratic leadership elected by the majority of Americans - we would have gone down further into a 2nd Great Depression. Countries, such as Germany, which have a lot of government regulation, didn't experience the recession nearly as severely as countries like the USA.

      (Try watching a news source other than Fox or National Enquirer)
      • 5 Years Ago
      >you are at genuine risk of dying

      Hey, you're chances are 100%!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a 20hp version with 30mile range for $15,000? Doesn't that make a hell of a lot more sense for a second car or local runabout?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And if you wanna go 120mph, buy the BMW gas version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay Leno may have one in his collection, that's about it.
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