EcoModo - The Best of Treehugger

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This week at TreeHugger: In Ben Wilson's Monowheel, you actually site inside the wheel. I wouldn't want to ride through puddles... China's biggest battery maker, BYD, has decided to get into the electric car market: The E6 Crossover electric car is its third announcement just this year. Watch out Detroit! And finally, meet Voltzilla. An awesome DIY electric motorcycle made from forklift parts!

Designer Ben Wilson explains why he made the Monowheel: “Since the 1860’s many patents have been filed in the monowheel’’s name and today there are even rumors of a production monowheel in China, but as it stands there is nothing currently available. As we couldn’t buy a monowheel we made one.”

Some specs for the BYD E6 Electric Vehicle: It will be a 5 seater, with an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph of around 10 seconds. Top speed: 100 mph. Range per charge: 186 miles. But most impressive of all: "BYD projected the battery had a life of 2,000 cycles, for a lifetime range of about 600,000 km (373,000 miles)"!


Russ Gries is a DIYer, and his electric motorcycle is centered around parts from an old battery-powered forklift that he got for free. After acquiring the carcass of a 1976 Honda CB550 for $50, he got to work. After about 120 hours and a net cost of $15.61 (that's right, he got money for recycling the rest of the forklift), the result is Voltzilla.

TreeHugger's EcoModo column appears every Tuesday on Gizmodo.

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Why the hell is that monocycle considered good? Why would you remove all the natural mechanical advantage of your legs into a device nigh impossible to balance? WTF was wrong with BIKES?!