Posted 06-16-2015 in Articles by Christopher
There's a long history in automotive design of stunning concepts piquing the interest of the public. Often times, these concepts never make it to production. Sometimes these concept vehicles generate such buzz among buyers that the boardroom begins to salivate and decides they should be moved to production. But rarely, do concepts completely embody the concepts full vision. Cost of production, safety features, demographics, capital costs: they all weigh in and can dilute a concept. Introduced in 2012 at the Tokyo Auto Show, ZecOO's manga-inspired, futuristic aesthetic had potential buyers clamoring. By Kota Nezu of Znug Design, the motorcycle was like nothing most had seen in the real world.
Posted 06-15-2015 in Articles by Christopher
With more than 110 years of product offerings, Harley-Davidson has always been about gradual evolution not radical revolution. So, how does a company that has built its entire corporate image based around tradition compete in a niche market segment designed to disrupt the old guard? Harley started the LiveWire project as a way for the legacy brand to see if they can compete against start-ups.
Posted 06-10-2015 in Articles by Christopher
Sometimes being more like the old guard makes you stand out amongst the disrupters in a new market. Chris Bell and Bell Custom Cycles (BCC) are using time-honored skills honed building and customizing motorcycles in his suburban Las Vegas manufacturing and assembly facility to produce hand-built electric motorcycles. Using traditional skills combined with electric drivetrains, he is producing electric motorcycles that do their best to fit in and appeal to traditional riders. It's an approach that stands out against many of BCC's competitors who are trying to bring in riders who are more in touch with their iPhones and selvedge denim than wrenches and leathers.
Posted 06-08-2015 in Articles by Christopher
Zero Motorcycles are the guys in the garage that the big players need to worry about. Except now, they're no longer in a garage. With more than $60 million in venture funding from a variety of firms including Invus, they've got the capital needed to be a strong player. The talented team of motorcycle engineers and experienced powersports executives have overseen a rapid series of product improvements along with the participation of top-tier component suppliers. Zero is now positioned to be a disruptive force that could turn the motorcycle industry upside down.
Posted 06-05-2015 in Articles by Christopher
Eight US states, including Vermont, are committed to the goal of putting 3.3 million Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. Implementing this kind of ambitious plan is daunting. Karen Glitman knows what it takes to make these plans successful. Serving as Director of Transportation Efficiency for the Vermont Energy Efficiency Corporation (VEIC) from 2011 and recently named Director of Policy and Public Affairs, she administered Vermont’s pilot electric vehicle electric program in 2014.
Posted 06-01-2015 in Articles by Christopher
Agility Motors is clearly not only interested in developing a motorcycle with the Saietta R; they’re developing a brand. Besides just trying to capture the imagination of their target market – young, urban, very hip, design-conscious, ecologically minded commuters – they’re out to capture the imagination of the finance industry. They are crafting an emotionally engaging story that reaches beyond the buyer right to the investment community.
Posted 06-01-2015 in Articles by Christopher
The Chevy Volt's drive system is unlike most other current commercially available electric hybrids. The Chevy Volt's "series" approach to gasoline-electric hybrid power gives the car tremendous flexibility. When fully charged, the Volt starts every trip on electric power. If the trip exceeds about 35 miles, the car's gas engine starts and spins a generator, which provides power to the motor that drives the wheels. There are two other drive modes.
Posted 06-01-2015 in News by Christopher
The latest edition of Electric Car Insider's 2015 EV Buyers Guide is available on newsstands at Barnes & Noble, Hastings and several hundred independent newsstands throughout the United States. The guide contains a full page profile of every plug-in electric vehicle available for sale in North America. The cover features the Porsche 918 Spyder, the fastest production automobile ever produced. The feature story, based on an interview with Porsche VP and 918 project manager Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, reviews the impetus for the project, the car's technical features and a drive review by new Electric Car Insider contributor Christine Reed.