Remember the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize -- the $10 million prize to find the next big thing in green transportation?
While the X-Prize -- not to mention many of the companies who took part -- have long been forgotten, one of the competition winners wants you to know its revolutionary two-wheeler is entering production.
Enter Swiss-based Peraves, whose all-electric E-Tracer won it $2.5 million of the $10 million prize fund.
According to company CEO Roger Riedener, the retail version of the E-Tracer -- now called the Monotracer MTE-150 -- has a powerful 150 kilowatt drive system that is not only efficient, but fast.
Range, if driven (or should that be ridden?) conservatively should easily exceed 200 miles on a single charge of the MTE-150’s 20 kilowatt-hour battery pack, while acceleration from 0-60 happens “in well under 5 seconds”.
Peraves E-Tracer, winner of Progressive Automotive X-Prize. Photo: Stefano Paris.
Fuel economy, measured in Miles-Per-Gallon Equivalent (MPGe), ranges from 350MPGe up to an astonishing 550 MPGe, depending on how quickly it is traveling.
The MTE-150’s amazing fuel economy lies in its enclosed design, which eliminates most of the drag that a traditional motorcycle suffers .
There are other benefits too. Unlike a conventional motorcycle, the MTE-150 has a full-sized car seat, 3-point seatbelt and enough storage for a small suitcase.
It even has room for a 6 foot tall passenger, who rides behind the driver.
But its motorcycle handlebars and unconventional handling characteristics mean it the MTE-150 is unlikely to be a mainstream vehicle.
There’s also no mention of cost on the official Monotracer website, which we think equates to more than we’d like to guess.
We still want a ride though. How about you?