Predictions on this blog have talked about how style, speed and prestige will define the new electric vehicle.
The Hum Cycle is certainly charging into this future - on two wheels.
A small gang of entrepreneurs are kicking the shins of the venture capitalists and blazing the streets of Silicon Valley with their potent new Hum Cycle - an uncompromisingly sportissimo, all-electric motorcycle.
I met with Forrest Deuth, and Jit Bhattacharya - two young guys looking very pleased with themselves - and a small crowd of onlookers to see the new Hum prototype in the flesh.
Deuth - an alumni of Tesla motors - was careful to elaborate that this prototype would vary in many ways from their final product.
But still some of the most obvious features that the prototype has that we're likely to notice in the real thing are that which are missing: no clutch handle, and no gear shifter by the left footpeg. It makes the left-hand side of the bike look decidedly bare.
Apart from that at first approach from the front it looks very much like many other sport bikes - modern full-fairing, stiff trellis frame (which will later be replaced by a fully custom frame, according to Deuth).
Then you notice between the frame and down under the belly of the bike telltale patches of yellow. These are the Lithium-Ion battery packs that power the Hum. Them, and a whacking great electric motor, its cylindrical bulk nestling down where the gearbox would be in a conventional machine.
The chain sprocket goes directly onto the motor, and drives via an oversize chain and back sprocket to the back wheel. Riders I talked to that day reported plenty of pull from the prototype motor. Plans are afoot for a different drive set-up to elide the oversize gearing, and a more powerful motor.
The bike has regenerative braking - this is configurable, and was dialled down today since conventional riders are not used to their mounts being so very responsive on relinquishing the throttle.
And of course you can't blip the throttle when you're at the lights - not that you'd get any noise if you did.
This machine is almost completely silent. The only thing announcing its approach is the chatter of the chain. The makers are talking about the possibility of a belt drive, if the relative gearing of the drive train allows it.
Deuth and Bhattacharya say they're pitching right at the sports market with their first production machine - it will be a high-performance bike, with a decent range, suitable for the ride to work or short touring/sport riding.
Its something both the green community and the motorcycling community will be eagerly awaiting.
Get great game assets from Game Dev Market.
Game devs like me put their assets up there for cheap, and you can get your game to market quicker by using pre-done buttons, art and the rest; plus support dev's by buying their stuff.
Munch your Plists!
Pick up my new Plist editor app Plistinator. Its available for Mac, Windows and Linux from the Plistinator.com website. Its also conveniently available as a Mac AppStore app - just click this handy button!
Third-party advertising companies serve ads when you visit this website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for any thoughtful comments you want to make. I welcome any comments even if they're opposing what I have to say - bring on the conversation!
Please note however comments which link to websites that have little to do with the subject matter - that is which are thinly disguised advertisements - will be removed; as will those that are abusive or personally targeted.
Finally: this blog is my own opinion, and represents my own free speech. Comments here are subject to this policy. For your own speech free of my comment policy feel free to create your own blog. :-)