Electric Motorcycle Has A Switchable Battery

Sebastian Tymoczko, an industrial designer from Toronto, Ontario, has debuted a new electric motorcycle concept with a switchable battery. The proposed bike would be supported by Better Place, a company we’ve reported on quite a bit in the last several months that has been building battery changing stations around the globe.

Dubbed the Amplio, the motorcycle would pull into Better Place locations and have the battery switched-out while the driver remained on the vehicle. According to the designer, the time to replace the battery would be less than a typical gasoline fill-up.

image via Sebastian Tymoczko

The bike would be powered by a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery and a AC synchronous, brushless motor that gives the Amplio a range of 100 miles. Although the motorcycle is designed to be charged by plugging-in the vehicle at home, it seems the battery switch model is more suitable for extended journeys.

As we’ve noted in the past, range is one of the biggest performance hurdles electric vehicles need to overcome in order to win a larger consumer base. At the moment, it’s unclear whether public and private charging stations like those from Coulomb and Ecotality will benefit consumers more than switchable battery stations from companies like Better Place.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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