Zerotracer electric motorcycle in windtunnel
The Zerotracer's aerodynamics were tested in Swiss wind tunnel. Not its retractable stabilizer wheel.

Zerotracer: One Seriously Badass Motocycle

Two-place electric motorcycle aims to win 'around-the-world-in-80-days' race.

By EV World

As 19,000 barrels (the current questimate) of crude oil gushes from the seafloor of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, a team of four young Swiss engineers have developed the petroleum-free answer to moving two people quickly, quietly and incredibly efficiently, while helping redefine motoring for a new.

The Zerotracer is a tandem seat, fully-enclosed, all-electric motorcycle that sports a Kevlar body and is capable of driving 450km (280 mi) on a single charge; has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), and zero-to-100km (60mi) acceleration in 4.5 seconds. It's designed to take part in the first-ever "around the world in 80 days" electric vehicle race being organized by SolarTaxi veteran, Louis Palmer. One of the team members is Frank Loacker, who co-piloted the Solar Taxi on the last half of the around-the-world journey. EV World had the pleasure to entertaining both men for a night during their stop over in Omaha for repairs; the story of which is recounted in the Americanization of the SolarTaxi.

Zerotracer is the product of DesignWerk in Winterthur, Switzerland. The video below shows the initial test runs of the vehicle, including retraction of its unique stabilization wheels.

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Published: 28-May-2010


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