The first self-propelled electric tipper has been unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the latest addition to the ever expanding range of electric motorcycles.
The new electric tippler is the result of a collaboration between the Italian startup, iFACT (IEEE-FOSS) and the French manufacturer, Avent, and the latest iteration of their ‘AirBike’ system.
The AirBike system consists of a range of lightweight electric motorcycles designed to be ridden on public roads, including the electric version of the ‘AirTipper’ that has already been tested on public streets in the UK.
The company says that the ‘airbike’ is the “first of its kind” in the world.
iFACTION’s founder, Andrea Poggio, explained that the goal was to “make a machine that is more affordable, more powerful and more versatile than any bike on the market”, while Avent’s head of research, Giovanni Poggi, says that “our goal was not to create a bicycle that is faster, or lighter or more fun”.
The ‘AirFITT’ consists of two main components: a lithium battery and an air-powered motor, with an internal battery that holds 50 kWh of power.
Poggio says that there are currently two variants of the airbike, with a battery size of 250 kWh and a motor that is rated at 100 kWh.
The ‘airbike’ uses a motor in the form of an air compressor that drives a motor shaft, similar to a car, which moves a motor through a series of gears.
This is achieved by using a combination of a ‘single drive’ and ‘double drive’ gearing system.
The ‘single’ gear is used to rotate the motor shaft around a central axis, and ‘the double’ gear acts as a ‘double pivot’ when turning the motor around the motor.
This allows for the “fastest, most precise acceleration and the best traction”, according to Poggia.
The airbike has a range that is comparable to a traditional electric bike and will also “recharge itself in under an hour, with zero energy consumption”, according Poggior.
The main advantages of this system are the low maintenance cost, the flexibility of using a single motor and a “powerful motor with high torque”, and the possibility to use an external battery.
According to Piggio, the “airbike” can be used in “anywhere” on public transport, and will be suitable for the city “as long as it is powered by a battery”.