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2010 MotoPod Electric Concept Study

Monday, August 9, 2010
It’s always fun to see how enterprising designers rework the motorcycle concept. One New Zealand-based designer, Volex Style’s Paul Wilding, sent this design study dubbed the MotoPod. Wilding’s 2010 MotoPod Concept study is reproduced below. Check it out and provide you’re feedback:

MOTOPOD Concept
Carbon fiber 'cocoon' and hubless wheels powered by electric motors, the MotoPod is the design concept of Volex Style.
MOTOPOD
Beautifully designed with classic styling lines and incorporated with proven cutting-edge engineering systems, the MotoPod gives the rider a complete sense of safety, speed and laid-back riding enjoyment. Designed with F1-developed carbon fiber driver’s cocoon, with strategically fitted air bags ensures greater levels of protection than current motorbikes. Also protects against the elements, with the option of 'convertible style' removable roof when desired.

GYROSCOPIC STABILITY CONTROL.
To balance the motor bike at standstill, the MotoPod is fitted with a gyroscopic stability control system. A set of sophisticated tilt sensors and 10 gyroscopic motion sensors are monitored and inputted into an intelligent control system. In the event of failure, another control board will take over- preventing the motor bike from falling over.

ELECTRIC MOTOR
The MotoPod is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery and coupled to a permanent magnetic motor which gives tremendous acceleration and torque. The battery and motor is fitted low in the carbon fibre monocoque frame to increase maneuverability and lower the centre of gravity.

BRAKE ENERGY RECUPERATION SYSTEM.
The MotorPod is fitted with the revolutionary energy recovery system. In effect the battery is primarily recharged during the application of the brakes.

HUBLESS WHEELS.
The MotoPod's hubless wheel design reduces unsprung weight, and equates to fewer engineering constraints, better braking and steering.

The MotoPod has been designed by Volex Style - a New Zealand based design studio specializing in modern product design.

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