OK so we should all be diving in the glorious weather but here's a new topic to pass the time away if you cannot get to the water.
We (well the missus) have bought an electric trials bike (https://electric-motion.co.uk/produc...BoCZfcQAvD_BwE) Not the new one but a two year old version. We aint that rich
Today's gruniard has this from a well know person who might surprise you with his academic background https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...rowan-atkinson
So what's the groupthink? The cars and vans are a problem for me work wise as a lot of them will not tow anything and so will affect my business. There are some developments for the towing industry that might create an opportunity in the future but are not really here yet. (https://rvdaily.com.au/al-ko-reveals...ravan-chassis/)
Now me, I think that EV is a dead end for much of the automotive applications. The "ban" on ICE will get delayed then dropped and the interests of the fossil fuel companies will win out over the need to leave the shit in the ground. However, the bike is great and certainly an application that has legs. (well wheels realy) Motorcycles generally are not suitable for electric as the regeneration is wrong way round - a front wheel drive system works but bikes drive at the rear. For the very specialised trials sector it doesn't matter. Our new bike has done a couple of days practice and still has juice left in it. We're going to give it another run today and a proper trial Wednesday night. It is slightly (about 5Kg) heavier than a petrol bike. New battery technology might shave that off future models.
The shop had a new Mecatechno, but at ten grand just too much. (https://mecatecnomotorcycles.com/) But I want one and would buy onw when they come up secondhand at a decent price.
Like the ebikes (pushbikes) the electric motorbikes appear to have a battery pack based on pretty standard LiOn cells rather than bespoke batteries. I think ours runs on Panasonic NCR18650A which are cheap (https://cellsupply.co.uk/product/pan...BoCCgUQAvD_BwE). I am basing this on a US rider that has had the pack apart (https://www.electricmotiontech.com/h...e-race/battery)
OK so that's a lof of links and a lot of reading. (And a lot about trials bikes if you are not interested in them)
What do people think about actual cars? (FWIW I am sticking with our diesel for the time being)
Me, I say the writing is on the wall.