MonoTracer Electric 2-Wheeler Nears Production

The creators of the Peraves MonoTracer MTE-150, an electric vehicle that looks like a cross between a Prius and a motorcycle, recently announced plans to make the final production version available to fans who have been eagerly awaiting the chance to purchase it.

EarthTechling’s focus on clean technology leads us to report on lots of exciting new vehicles, from electric bikes to solar powered airplanes. But while most of these stories are quite interesting, they’re often years away from practical applications in the public sector, and as such don’t have much bearing on our daily lives. That changes when innovators like MonoTracer CEO Roger Riedener put in the extra leg work to bring their concepts to market, and it’s always exciting news.

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image via Peraves

The electric MonoTracer, which won the coveted Swiss X-Prize in late 2010, is a Kevlar monocoque cabin motorcycle featuring AC Propulsion’s new 3rd generation 150-kilowatt (200 horsepower) system and a surprisingly comfortable interior that can fit two people. And as this Autoblog review points out, when driven at a steady 45 miles per hour, it can return an eye-popping 525 MPGe, although 350 MPGe is probably a better estimate for realistic driving situations. With a lithium-polymer battery pack that holds over 20 kWhrs of energy, this translates into a safe 200-mile range.

The MonoTracer’s unique design makes the vehicle perfect for auto enthusiasts who want the performance and agility of a motorcycle, without depending on gas and ruining their hairdos in the driving wind.

A series of short videos with Roger Riedener on the MonoTracer blog provide plenty of insight into this remarkable vehicle.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

  • Earo

    estimated price ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Voll/1092342253 George Voll

    Earo, $$$$$$$$$BANK$$$$$$$

  • JonLuc

    A Prius? Maybe, but you forgot the Audi R8 “blades” on the sides. Because of that, I’d say it looks more like an R8.

  • http://twitter.com/JBSCanada John Brian Shannon

    Looks fun! 

    No obnoxious exhaust fumes, no annoying noise, no soaking wet clothing if rain suddenly appears while riding far from home, no gravel from cars ahead shooting into your face, no insects splattering onto your designer sunglasses and no unbearable sunburn after a long ride in the sun.

    What’s NOT to like?