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Published on April 7th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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First International Electric Motocross Sets Guinness World Record


First International Electric Motocross Sets Guinness World Records And Only Cost $100 To Power All 10 Dirt Bikes For 24 Hours.

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History was made this past weekend at the 24 Hours of Electricross race when 10 teams, of over 50 competitors, raced for a full-24-hours-straight only stopping to change out batteries and riders.

This first ever endurance competition set two Guinness World Records: one for largest electric motorcycle race, and the other for the furthest distance traveled on an all-electric off-road motorcycle in 24 hours. In total, more than 4,000 miles were completed around the half-mile track.

Amazingly, only $100 of electricity was needed to power all ten motorcycles!

“This event proved that electric technology can endure the same level of competition as their gas-powered counterparts, however, the power resources to compete are drastically different,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder, Zero Motorcycles. “From New Mexico to Canada to the UK, teams traveled from across the globe to participate in this record-setting race and to be a part of history. Everyone from lifelong motorcyclists to environmentally-conscience trend setters”

The event took place in the heart of Silicon Valley at the 408MX Motocross Track in San Jose, California. And after 24 hours of non-stop racing, team HotChalk came out on top with 1,015 completed laps — just over 500 miles!

“The 24 Hours of Electricross, hosted by Zero Motorcycles, was the perfect event to showcase what electric motorcycle technology can accomplish. Our team worked very hard to win this race and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome,” said Edward Fields and Bryan Stolle, co-captains, Team HotChalks MDV.

The 151-pound motorcycles run on two-hour batteries with zero emissions and zero noise. The battery uses a patent-pending process to store enough juice for a 40-mile ride in a package that only weighs 45 pounds. Also, it is about 100 pounds lighter than its gasoline equivalent would be.

Saiki gave CNET a tour of the 2009 Model Zero X motorcycle which uses a high-output lithium ion cell, which is said to be completely nontoxic and environmentally safe. In fact, Saiki says “you could literally eat the salt crystals in the battery pack if you wanted.” I suggest NOT doing that.

“This is the future of racing,” Saiki said.

Source [Wired]



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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • http://www.ELMoto.net EL Moto.net

    And speaking of Zero… the Zero S street legal motorcycle debuted today!!!

  • http://www.ELMoto.net EL Moto.net

    And speaking of Zero… the Zero S street legal motorcycle debuted today!!!

  • http://greenlivingideas.com Sean Daily

    So cool. I think that within about 2 years half of the auto and motorcycle racing scene is going to be electric based on performance alone.

  • http://greenlivingideas.com Sean Daily

    So cool. I think that within about 2 years half of the auto and motorcycle racing scene is going to be electric based on performance alone.

  • http://motorcycletrikesforsale.net/ Sean Daily

    So cool. I think that within about 2 years half of the auto and motorcycle racing scene is going to be electric based on performance alone.

    PS: Forgot to say good post!

  • http://motorcycletrikesforsale.net/ Sean Daily

    So cool. I think that within about 2 years half of the auto and motorcycle racing scene is going to be electric based on performance alone.

    PS: Forgot to say good post!

  • Scott

    It is NOT zero emission!!! The pollution is merely at the point of electrical generation instead of use. By their definition my air conditioner is “zero emission”

  • Scott

    It is NOT zero emission!!! The pollution is merely at the point of electrical generation instead of use. By their definition my air conditioner is “zero emission”

  • Zero X Owner

    @ Scott.

    Yes, it’s zero emissions at the vehicle level, which a gasser never is. No one argues against that.

    Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.

    My Zero X is 100% wind powered, about as pollution free for full vehicle life and energy cycle as you can get, thanks to a subscription plan through my regional power company, at costs less than coal in most states.

    Also, even if it used 100% coal or oil for power, the overall pollution is still much less than a gasser, due to efficiencies of electric drive and power planmt scale, than having many indidial gasoline engines. The long pollution tail fallacy that you forward has been debunked so ofetn and so thoroughly now, I don’t know why I’m bothering to respond. See item 2 at http://www.calcars.org/vehicles.html for some of the background information and references to the many reports and studies on this topic.

    Last, I’m using domestic power so my money stays in this country during our recession, rather than you sending your gasoline money overseas to volatile parts of the world with oil that we have to spend even more tax dollars on to keep the oil there flowing and relatively cheap. Plus I spend less on my vehicle power than gasoline, so the difference can be spent on other activities to even further reduce pollution, such as using my Zero X to do river cleanups in my area.

    It’s telling that you use an electrically powered air conditioner, not a gasoline powered one.

  • Zero X Owner

    @ Scott.

    Yes, it’s zero emissions at the vehicle level, which a gasser never is. No one argues against that.

    Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.

    My Zero X is 100% wind powered, about as pollution free for full vehicle life and energy cycle as you can get, thanks to a subscription plan through my regional power company, at costs less than coal in most states.

    Also, even if it used 100% coal or oil for power, the overall pollution is still much less than a gasser, due to efficiencies of electric drive and power planmt scale, than having many indidial gasoline engines. The long pollution tail fallacy that you forward has been debunked so ofetn and so thoroughly now, I don’t know why I’m bothering to respond. See item 2 at http://www.calcars.org/vehicles.html for some of the background information and references to the many reports and studies on this topic.

    Last, I’m using domestic power so my money stays in this country during our recession, rather than you sending your gasoline money overseas to volatile parts of the world with oil that we have to spend even more tax dollars on to keep the oil there flowing and relatively cheap. Plus I spend less on my vehicle power than gasoline, so the difference can be spent on other activities to even further reduce pollution, such as using my Zero X to do river cleanups in my area.

    It’s telling that you use an electrically powered air conditioner, not a gasoline powered one.

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  • Uncle B

    It’s Happening! Now we need the Solar Thermal electric plants, the Wind Turbines, Wave generators, Tidal power plants, and we will pay for the battery ballast that they require to become useful! I can see it now! a couple on charge at home at all times, electronically timed to charge at lowest rate, even programmed to “Give Back” for a profit, and available for me at my demand! Win-Win if I ever saw one! Cars bikes, heating, lighting, home electronics, all we need is Lithium and computerized chargers, and we have both! Let her fly!

  • Uncle B

    It’s Happening! Now we need the Solar Thermal electric plants, the Wind Turbines, Wave generators, Tidal power plants, and we will pay for the battery ballast that they require to become useful! I can see it now! a couple on charge at home at all times, electronically timed to charge at lowest rate, even programmed to “Give Back” for a profit, and available for me at my demand! Win-Win if I ever saw one! Cars bikes, heating, lighting, home electronics, all we need is Lithium and computerized chargers, and we have both! Let her fly!

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