Are motorcycles greener than cars? They are if you ride a Zero! Interesting discussion. Your thoughts? More: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1105626_why-motorcycles-may-not-be-greener-than-cars-missing-emission-gear
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- I'm a big fan of your work, I'd love to have a Zero, but the comments from this got under my skin. The sanctimonious nature of the EV crowd really got up my nose: http://tkmotorcyclediaries.blogspot.ca/2016/08/emissions-where-we-hide-them.html
Thinking chemical batteries, especially ones powered by electricity generated with fossil fuels, are somehow an environmental advancement is crazy.
I look forward to the hydrogen fuel cell Zero, or perhaps a kinetic / flywheel batteried Zero! The sooner we get past chemical batteries, the better!49w
- Thanks for your thoughts, Tim. These are common myths. It’s true that any electric vehicle requires power from the grid to charge (or your own solar system). But even accounting for that, our mpge (miles per gallon equivalent, as defined by the government), is vastly better than with gas bikes. Zero motorcycles cost about 1-2 cents per mile in energy cost. Electric vehicles are also about 80% efficient in getting power to the wheels, while internal combustion vehicles are about 20% efficient. And, as the power grid becomes increasingly more efficient and sustainable, the environmental benefits will only continue to increase. In addition, Zero Motorcycles uses the best practices in the EV industry to make sure all of our lithium-ion power packs are recycled. Each one uses a chemistry that allows us to take advantage of continuously improving battery-recycling programs.49w