The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle is a breed apart. Using an 8kW
permanent magnetic brushless CMG motor / generator (which can
output 400 amps) and a 4-stroke gasoline engine, the eCycle
hybrid motorcycle does what any hybrid motorcycle should, which
is deliver 180 mpg in fuel efficiency.
The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle delivers 0-60 in just 6 seconds
with a top speed of 80 mph. The target retail price for
this hybrid motorcycle is just $5,500. The electric motor
is used to power the motorcycle at lower speeds and once
the eCycle hits cruising speed the gasoline engine takes
over and the electric motor switches over to an electric
generator and recharges the battery.
At 1500rpm or approximately 12mph, the vehicle control
system directs the fuel injection to commence. The motorcycle
then receives torque input from both the engine and the
electric motor until the motorcycle hits higher speeds and
the gasoline engine takes over completely.
At only 230 lbs, the eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle has been
redesigned from the 2001 model, which featured a 219 cc
diesel-electric hybrid power system. The newer eCycle also
features lower, more relaxed seating position, making the
platform ideal for entry-level riders and commuters and
the rear suspension sports a Penske Racing Coil-Over Mono-Shock.
The eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle transmission is a 2-speed,
constant mesh, 3-shaft design utilizing ball and needle
bearing construction with custom rolled gears. Low gear
features an over-running clutch for smooth shifting and
Established in 1996 and located in Temple, PA, eCycle produces
a line of advanced brushless motors and generators, which
have a wide range of applications in commercial, industrial,
and consumer markets worldwide, particularly for mobile
applications. The CMG Silicon Series and MG Series of electric
motor / generators can be adapted to other uses as well
(such as for high-end hybrid outboard motors, mobile hydraulics,
robotics or for large centrifugal pumps).
In addition, recreational vehicles, residential and small
business back-up, including in
conjunction with solar, wind and hydropower, will benefit
from the eCycle auxiliary power units (APU). The APU can
use renewable fuels such as bio diesel and ethanol. This
is important since high efficiency mobile DC power solutions
will help in compliance with anti-idling laws that are being
mandated throughout Canada and the United States.
has positioned itself as a leading, small hybrid motor manufacturer
with many practical uses that goes far beyond motorcycles.
Then again, for enthusiasts and environmentalists, what's
wrong with taking an eCycle Hybrid Motorcycle out for a
spin or for a very long road trip at 180 mpg?