ZEV News and Events

ZEV GOES ROAD RACING
Oct 2010  We found a new way to enjoy our bikes and to develop and test them.  Road racing!!  ZEV went road racing at the Intermot in Koln Germany.  Great fun had by all.  We need to find a way to get this racing more widespread.  One of our riders went down hard and was out of the race, another only enough to break his throttle - but he still finished 3rd overal holding the throttle in place.  We ran first in voltage class in all catagory. We even ran our 5000LA lead battery bike along with the 7100 models.  The duct tape is rule required over any head/tail lights.  Next year we go back with the 7100 T in 9200 watt trim and the standard 7100 bike with the 8500 watt Alpine controller.


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SPIRA CAR COMPANY BUILDING AN ELECTRIC PROTOTYPE WITH A ZEV POWERTRAIN
The Automotive X Prize contestent, Spira has purchased a 6100 Trail drive system to install into a SPIRA car with the intent of testing the market with and electric version of their car. The Ballard brothers are hard at it.



ZEV ON DISPLAY AT KOLN GERMANY INTERMOT
ZEV MADE THE TRIP TO THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOTORCYCLE SHOW AT KOLN. Over 1,000 people test drove the 7100 model. 


PENNSYLVANIA PARKS PURCHASES A ZEV FOR PARK PROMOTION. PONDERS USE OF ZEV BY PARK RANGERS
August 2011 The Pennsylvania Parks system has purchased a ZEV 4100 for use in a promotional program for the park system.

In August, the rangers at Bald Eagle State Park test drove the ZEV7100.  The interest by the parks is to place rangers on the quiet ZEV for park patrol and general run about errands.

Pa. Parks is noting ZEV as a partner and directing park attendees to the ZEV web site under its Conservation programs.  http://www.iconservepa.org/livelocal/gettingaround/index.htm


ZEV ENGINEERS BEGIN HIGH ALTITUDE ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT MOTOR DEVELOPMENT          

ZEV ENGINEERS BEGIN GENERAL AVIATION ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT MOTOR TESTING
August 2011  ZEV engineers have begun testing of aircraft engine propulsion systems that utilize the ZEV controllers and motor components.   The motors are the standard ZEV hub or torque motor design, but such that they are held to the aircraft by the shaft, leaving the hub motor to turn.  The propeller is mounted to the hub motor face and turns with the magnet ring.  The initial thrust tis to develop motors for high altitude government programs for customers which need to turn very large diameter propellers to cope with the low air density at the target altitude of 65,000 ft.  The general aviation counterparts require far higher rpm and run much smaller propellers.  The internal components are the same as those used in the ZEV motor scooters and cycles.  The controllers used in the aircraft systems use identical components to that of the bikes with the addition of liquid cooling in the high altitude systems.  In an airplane, the motors are required to labor at high power settings for hours on end.  Initial development is of motors to 30 Kw in power.


ZEV TESTS THE NEW 20 KW CONTINUOUS POWER BIKE MOTOR 
July 2011  ZEV has begun testing of its new 20 Kw electric motor scooter and motor cycle hub motor and controller package.    Dyno tests were completed in July.  The new motor is rated for 20 Kw continous, 30 Kw for up to 3 minutes.   This motor is intended for a new super scooter now in prototype and for a reverse trike now in design. Several customers with the standard, now in production 8500 and 9200 watt ZEV are using the liquid cooled controllers for these motors in their daily drivers.