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.
We live in a skeptical world. When it comes to upstart green vehicle manufacturers, there is no end to the people who will line up to say "That's cool, but it just ain't going to happen." And for good reason: the shoulder of the road to viability is a parking lot of electric this and hybrid that. Remember Aptera? How about Coda? Oh yeah, where's my Zap! Alias?
There are a number of transportation devices under development deserving of the adjective, "revolutionary." There are also no shortage of vehicles bestowed with the "vaporware" descriptor. High on both of those lists rests the C-1 from Lit Motors – a self-balancing fully-enclosed electric motorcycle, with a steering wheel in place of handlebars. For both doubters and believers, however, there is no denying that this project is moving forward.
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
The C-1 enclosed motorcycle from Lit Motors could change the transportation world in a big, big way. Yes, it may be a little early to make that sort of unqualified sweeping statement – the first drivable prototype won't be complete for another six months – but if everything works out as planned, prepare to be impressed, if not amazed.
Regular readers of our site are probably aware that I am personally a fan of two-wheeled travel. In a previous post about the upcoming hybrid scooters from Piaggio and their Vespa brand, I suggested that a leaning three-wheeler like the MP3 would be great if it were completely battery powered, or even used a hybrid system, had a removable or stowable canvas roof and a windshield with wipers. BMW made a two-wheeled scooter with a standard engine which had the roof and windshield covered. Safety t