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Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car Monorail! two-wheeled MonoTracer! And now, the Swiss X-Prize-winner has gone from unobtainable prototype to purchasable production machine. Dubbed the Peraves MonoTracer MTE-150, the Kevlar monocoque cabin cycle has had its drivetrain updated with AC Propulsion's new 3rd generation 150 kW (200 horsepower) system and its interior refined. It's all enough to make fans of high efficiency and high performance break into song.

So, what kind of performance can the modest, but growing, list of customers expect upon delivery of this exotic hand-crafted two-seater? If driven at a steady 45 miles per hour, it can return an eye-popping 525 MPGe. In more realistic scenarios though, one could expect to see 350 MPGe. That's efficient enough to achieve a 200-mile range with a lithium-polymer battery pack that holds a little better than 20 kWhrs of energy. Couple those numbers with a sub 5-second 0-to-60 time (we've heard 60-to-120 mph came in about three seconds in the prototype) and you've got the perfect vehicle for speed-thirsty eco-geeks.

To bring everyone up to speed on the retail version of the MTE-150, CEO Roger Riedener has made a series a short videos to show off and demonstrate its various features and controls. The company hopes to bring an example to California in the near future for prospective buyers to get a closer look and perhaps go for demo rides.

Hit the jump for seven separate clips that cover just about everything except the driving experience. To get an idea what that might be like check out this previous post featuring the Translogic crew giving a it a go.















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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slVpcp_UIjQ
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        That show is great.
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        MonoTracers at Speed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ1sn1BDJyQ&hd=1 Dan, this is exactly what you've been preaching for years. Everything except the price. Maybe Toyota, or Honda, or GM [ or Apple ] could buy this company out, and product this for $30,000.
          Ford Future
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          I think the safety of these vehicles has been addressed, they could add an airbag.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          everything except 2 wheels. I know I'm nitpicking but really.. you know... death matters. and it's much too heavy and expensive construction for what it is. you can't just overlook glaring issues like 2 wheels instead of 4. think a little
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look i studied Industrial Design, and i tell to you, it was a dream for me, and it's real one!! I t works perfectly. Then a discover the electric cars, and in two years that i know of your products....Today is electric cycle!!! Congratulation to you, it the vehicle of my dreams... One detail you forget to tell, the plug in charge to out let, the time of charge the battery full, and the price for America in Us dollars. Best Regards, sincerely Yours . Alvaro Osuna Arciniegas my email: valosuna100@gmail.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you for the Simpson's reference.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Front seat, for a guy 6'7". Rear seat, for girls, 6' LOL Good to see they made a lot of progress with their vehicle. I wish them luck.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is headed for bankrupcy because it's too dangeurous, there will be many accidents and sordid crashs. This x-prize contest was a bad joke toward folks that are seeking green technology at a fair price.
        goodoldgorr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Wake-up this cannot go in normal traffic been electric or gasoline. It's just a marginal track only curiosity.
        goodoldgorr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Is it clear now ? This thing will never drive in winter.
        Michael R. Rose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Peraves has over a thirty year track record producing the gas powered versions of these vehicles and they have proven themselves to be extremely safe. They perform significantly better than most small cars, as well as many larger vehicles, in crash tests and in real road events. Not only are they not headed for bankruptcy, they are doing quite well due to the 2.5 million dollars they were awarded in the X-Prize competition. They are doing quite well for an extremely small company and the have a very bright future ahead of them.
        superduckz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        More dangerous that what? A motorcycle? Hardly.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @superduckz
          Well . . . it *is* a motorcycle. Just enclosed.
        Michael R. Rose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Here is some footage of someone dumping a Monotracer in a turn. It is pretty uneventful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es0y0y4cIrg The rider is driving in a carbon fiber and Kevlar composite fully enclosed crash tested roll cage. In addition to being extremely safe in most accidents the bodywork is practically bullet proof.
          GoodCheer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Michael R. Rose
          But picture that same dump on a street with traffic. In a car it would have been a 40' slide, then you would have just driven off (if you didn't hit anything while sliding). Don't get me wrong, I have a motorcycle and am willing to live with danger, but overselling the safety seems disingenuous.
      • 1 Year Ago
      When this cabin bike will launch in India.......... please reply to sanjivani_solutions@yahoo.com
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      60-120 in 3 seconds!? I know its electric and the power band is a straight line but that is amazing! Was the prototype lighter or did it push more than 150 kW's?
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        The prototype was heavier at 544kg - it used less energy dense batteries. With a 150kW motor it should still do sub 4 second 0-60 unless they have electronically limited the max battery draw. For reference the tesla roadster has a 248 hp (185 kW) electric motor.
          Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
          @paulwesterberg
          Why, in the name of heaven, would you put a 150kW motor in a vehicle weighing ~500kg? The frontal area can't be more that 1m².
          GoodCheer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @Ziv: Traction control is very simple to implement on an induction motor.. since you monitor the phase of the motor on mHz timescales anyway, it's easy to tell if it accelerates implausibly. ACP's implementation (if it's the same as on our eBoxes) is pretty invisible to the driver.
          Ziv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          They must have some serious sort of traction control device on this thing or the beginners will be killing themselves with that much power. I remember when the Yamaha TZ750 came out and it had just over 140 hp and novices were getting hurt because they couldn't handle that much power. This machine will probably be a lot easier to control but man it will be a beast!
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      overkill, over price , interesting
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where's the video for the run thru the Swiss Alps???
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I win the lottery, I'll buy this in a heartbeat. This and a Tesla.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boa noite, estou interessado em duas Monotracer uma a Gasolina outra Elétrica para o Brasil no Rio de Janeiro favor entrar em Contato tipmovel3g4g@gmail.com obrigado pela atenção! Sergio Ricardo Alves.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obrigado pelo contato aguardo um retorno!
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