Sporty Compact EV Dreams Of Being A Motorcycle

Motorcycles, even those powered by gas, are much more fuel-efficient than cars, but its hard to travel with a companion unless they’re fond of clinging to you like a baby koala. All-terrain vehicles offer incredible stability and performance, as well as relative fuel-efficiency, but they’re completely impractical for road travel.

A recent entry into the James Dyson Award design competition seeks to combine elements of both of these vehicles with the environmental friendliness of an electric motor. Called the “HSV R2,” this concept vehicle evokes an instant desire to climb into the driver’s seat, and comes complete with a comfortable seat for your +1.

HSV R2 sports compact electric vehicle

Image via James Dyson Award

The designers envision the HSV R2 as a vehicle for the younger, more adventurous driver. It appears to be a hybrid of both motorcycle and ATV characteristics, making it perfect for use as an ultra-compact commuter as well as a vehicle for sustainable leisure.

The HSV R2 features four wheel stability, all weather protection in the form of a removable roof, and rollover protection with an integrated monocoque safety cell structure, optimizing the overall user experience. “Electric engines linked to green energy in the domestic solar system enable lower running costs when compared to conventional passenger vehicles, while infinite range is made possible by the interchangeability of battery packs at e-service stations,” writes the designer.

HSV R2 Compact Sport EV

Image via James Dyson Award

Descriptions of the vehicle published for the James Dyson Award do not indicate battery range or charging time, two variables that will go a long way toward determining whether or not the HSV R2 has a real future in the commuter vehicle market. However, we do love the fact that it offers similar levels of comfort and security to a car, with all the raw and exciting personality of a motorcycle.

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