Tech Toys 360: A Futuristic Electric Motorcycle That’s Fast, Green, and Bulletproof

They say that the MonoTracer is part car, part motorcycle, and part airplane. If you watch action movies, you’ve probably already seen one. Featured in the 2012 movie, Total Recall, the MonoTracer plays a futuristic police motorcycle.

If you prefer television, you can see the MonoTracer featured on TechToys 360 or Brazil’s Auto Esporte TV.

The electric version of this high-performance cabin motorcycle goes 150 mph at full throttle, accelerates from 0-62 in less than 5 seconds, and can take you 180 miles on a full charge.  Peraves CEO Roger Riedener adds that because the body is made of Kevlar, the MonoTracer is also bullet proof.

How much can you expect to pay for that kind of safety and performance?  Today, it’s about $104,000 USD.

But inventor Arnold Wagner, who is from Switzerland, doesn’t see his vehicle as a toy for wealthy elites. In fact, he thinks once a bike like the MonoTracer goes into mass production, it could sell in the $20,000 to 25,000 range.

“In the states and in Switzerland, everyone has a car with four or five seats, and it’s [often] unnecessary,” Wagner says. “This thing weighs 1/3 of most cars, and it takes two persons.”

Consumption-wise, the superbike provides the electric equivalent of about 250 mpg. So once the MonoTracer becomes widely available, it could be economical in terms of efficiency, all the while scoring you style points on the highway.

Check out this video in which a MonoTracer passes a Massachusetts TV reporter. A chase down and interview ensues:

The MonoTracer is the first fully enclosed electric motorcycle and is produced by Peraves, a PTC customer using PTC’s design software.


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