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11/02/09

First there was Sumo, a Japanese sport of heavy weight wrestling. Now a much lighter and faster mechanical Sumo has entered the ring. The Japanese vehicle manufacturer unveiled on Tuesday the prototype of a new electric motor bike carrying a hybrid electric motor. The bike can run almost noiselessly up to 180 kilometers, or 112 miles on one charge. Tokyo-based Axle Corporation says that the battery of the next generational electrical vehicle motorbike can be charged at home in the same way as a cellular phone. It takes a little over six hours to fully charge the vehicle’s battery and the vehicle’s maximum speed is capable of reaching 150 kilometers per hour, or 93 miles per hour.



The company says the futuristic motorbike enjoys high energy efficiency thanks to a state of the art magnetic motor which is a hybrid between an electromagnet and a permanent magnet. The new motor called sumo, short for super motor, is housed inside the bike’s front wheel. The manufacturer says the new motor is seven times more cost effective than gas powered scooters. Daisuke Ito, a professional racer who test rode the EVX-7 prototype said it could potentially replace machines we now see in motor races. I just feel that in the future we’ll be seeing these kinds of motorbikes running all around town.

And when that happens conventional vehicles could disappear from motor racing too and we’ll be competing only in electrical vehicles. The bike’s manufacturer hopes to apply the electromagnetic technology to produce eco-friendly four wheel vehicles as well. There will be a lot of advantages when motor vehicles go beyond existing hybrids and develop into purely electric vehicles. They’ll become noiseless and do no harm to the environment. The company plans to start selling a mini-scooter version of the magnetic powered bike next year for about 250,000 yen, or 2100 US dollars.

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