Friday, July 16, 2010

Bubble Bike- An Electric Three Wheeler

The Bubble Bike responds to the needs of Northern China and some of the more northern Asian countries where temperatures drop well below zero in winter and the roads get a liberal coating of snow and ice, making them not nearly as suitable for scooters and motorcycles as they are in summer. The three-wheel Bubble Bike sells in China for RMB 5000 that is around about US$730.
Bubble Bike is electric, meaning it recharges from a power point for a negligible cost and has lots of grunt for getting up to its 45 km/h top speed. It is not so fast by the standards of the big cities but it's plenty fast for urban running in the highly congested streets of China's megacities. Bubble Bike is very light and has three wheels and a low center of gravity; it really hangs onto the road.
The Bubble Bike has a range of 100 km and takes between six and eight hours to charge from a standard household power outlet in its current configuration and the manufacturers are currently trying to develop alternative batteries which decrease the charging time to three hours and increase the range of the vehicle to 200 km.

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