We're going to go out on a cynical limb here and say that the C-1 self-balancing, enclosed motorcycle from Lit Motors won't see production in 2014, something a company representative stated would happen as recently as March of this year. Heck, 2015 seems a stretch at this point. Despite the faltering time table, it is still making progress.
Nothing makes us green geeks giddy like the emergence of a vehicle with revolutionary potential. The C1 from Lit Motors is one such mode of transport. Looking at the original mock-up, we can easily imagine a future with streets full of these enclosed motorcycles, some autonomous and networked, efficiently taking their owners from A to B in a tidy, space-saving fashion.
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 i
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.