Moto-Electra successfully completes record-setting coast-to-coast EV motorcycle run

Moto-Electra

Looks like they actually did it. 

Moto-Electra’s record-setting three-day coast-to-coast all-electric motorcycle run was successful. Well, mostly. Instead of only three days, the team made the run in 84.5 hours – around 3.5 days.

What took them an extra half-day? Weather. All kinds of weather. Outside Florida, the British-based EV motorcycle encountered near-monsoon rain storms so bad that rider Thad Wolff had to radio into the support truck to ask if he might get electrocuted. Spoiler alert: he didn’t.

After the rain storm, the 22kWh electric bike hit some sweltering heat on the I-50 outside Dallas, Texas. The heat was so intense that both riders, Bill Richardson and Thad Wolfe, regularly switched off driving duties, as to avoid any mishaps.

The team rode at an even 65mph and went 100 to 120 miles between charges. “We could’ve done 150 miles to a charge,” Richardson admitted to Wired Magazine, “and bumped the amperage to reduce [charge times] to 30 minutes.”

If you’re wondering where the Moto-Electra team found chargers in the middle of nowhere, they didn’t. Instead they charged the bike off the generator being pulled behind the support truck. “We’re trying to demonstrate the battery tech,” Richardson said. “Not the charging grid.”

Could the team do it again and beat their own record by maintaining a higher average speed and going further between charges? Sure. The team might not want to make the grueling journey a second time. “After we finished I told myself I’d never do it again,” said Wolff. “But never say never. We’ve achieved what we wanted in racing and with this cross-country tour, but what’s next…I don’t know.”

If you’d like to see more from the Moto-Electra team and follow their next folly, you can visit them on their Facebook page.

Photo credit: Moto-Electra

Cars

We get up close with the Vision iNext concept to learn about BMW’s future

Through a massive worldwide campaign that visits various major cities around the world, we get our exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with BMW’s latest Vision iNEXT Concept to learn about automaker’s future plans.
Product Review

'FIFA 19' still nails soccer, but don’t expect any surprises

FIFA 19 is still a great way to play virtual soccer, but the changes made in this year’s game don’t push the series forward, and The Journey's story mode stumbles in its final installment.
Cars

Lyft offers some fun stats to celebrate its 1 billionth ridesharing journey

Lyft cars have made a billion journeys since its ridesharing service launched six years ago. Announcing the milestone on Tuesday, September 18, the company revealed a few fun stats about its rides so far.
Smart Home

Alexa can now tell you the odds of the next big football game

Alexa can now answer questions about your favorite NFL teams and players, such as what team is favored to win the upcoming game or what player has racked up the most distance over the course of their career.
Deals

The 10 best windproof umbrellas to help you weather the storm

The rains have come and they have no mercy. Can your current umbrella handle everything nature can throw at it? Here are 10 of the best windproof umbrella deals available now to help keep you safe and dry.
Product Review

Alfa Romeo delivers the quintessential Italian high-performance SUV

Alfa’s Romeo’s Ferrari-powered sport utility delivers hair-raising straight-line performance, admirable capability in the corners, and head-turning style, but comes up a bit short in a few key areas.
Smart Home

Amazon reportedly will introduce an Alexa-enabled microwave, amp, and more

Amazon's Fall 2018 Alexa device rollout is about to begin, sources say. Look for an Alexa microwave, an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer, and an Alexa voice-responsive device for your car. Amazon is maximizing its voice-command presence.
Cars

Elon Musk: Tesla is bringing most collision repair in-house, outsiders too slow

Dissatisfied with third-party collision repair shops, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the firm is bring most repair work in-house. The goal is a car as good or better than new with repair completed in under an hour.
Cars

Audi is finally taking the wraps off its Tesla-fighting e-tron electric SUV

The 2019 Audi e-tron is an electric SUV aimed at the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz EQC. It's Audi's first mass-market electric car, but will it make a good first impression?
Cars

Volkswagen built a 210-mph Jetta, and broke a land-speed record with it

A modified 2019 Volkswagen Jetta just set a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the G/BGC class. Boasting a 600-horsepower engine, the Jetta hit 210 mph on the salt.
Emerging Tech

Smart sound system will give every car passenger their own wireless audio stream

Can't agree on what to listen to in the car? Imagine if each passenger could get their own way, courtesy of a personal audio stream — no headphones required. Sounds impossible, but it's almost here.
Emerging Tech

No more scraping? Anti-frosting advance could mark end of frozen windshields

Hate frozen windshields in winter? Researchers at Virginia Tech may have found a way to banish them for good, thanks to the world’s first passive anti-frosting surface. Here's how it works.
Cars

Ferrari’s latest special editions are stripped down, old-school sports cars

The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are inspired by some of the Italian automaker's most legendary sports cars. They mix old school rawness with modern carbon fiber construction and 789-horsepower V12 power.
News

Lucid Motors accepts $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabian fund

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia will invest $1 billion in upstart electric car company Lucid Motors. Lucid hopes to launch a Tesla-fighting luxury sedan called the Air by 2020.