"Hey, Dude, Where Have the Other Two Wheels Gone?"
|   Saturday, September 06, 2014
When you look at the L'il Motor DC-1, for the first time, your reaction will probably be: where have they put the other two wheels? That's because the DC-1 only has two wheels because it's really a motorcycle.

The DC-1 is also an electric vehicle with electric motors in both wheels. With a fresh overnight charge, L'il Motors claims the DC-1 will drive 200 miles. This figure is better than most of the electric vehicles on the market. For the most part, the other electric vehicles are four-wheeled, not two, and they attain mpc (miles per charge) ratings in the 40 to 100 range.


There are two exceptions to this, the Chevy Volt, which requires an overnight charge to attain a 100 mpc rating, carries its own standard recharge system in the engine bay. Chevy has opted to use a gasoline-driven engine, instead of relying solely on regenerative braking to replenish the battery. The same is true of the BMW i3 crossover.

The first DC-1s are slated for delivery late this month (September), though some observers have their doubts they will make it. According to those who have visited the factory, there was no evidence that they have built anything other than the prototype bike/car. Faced with this situation, the company still maintains it will bring its two-door, two-wheeler to market on time. It has taken a number of $1,000 deposits from people who are excited about the DC-1.

Actually, there's quite a bit to be excited about. For example, it does feature a unitized body with strong safety features, as well as a full complement of airbags. The chassis, according to L'il Motors, acts as an integral roll cage, for driver safety. The interior uses quality materials and features standard hardware and adds a full-sized display as the interface to the electronics.

The most interesting engineering feat is the gyroscopic package that, the company claims, will keep the DC-1 fully upright stopped at traffic lights. That, plus the in-wheel 20KW electric motors and their regenerative power feature, shows the engineering crew put plenty of thought in the DC-1.
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