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On Nov 13, 2012 09:00AM ET in Energy
While sales on electric cars aren’t as strong as some people had hoped, the alternative fuel movement is inspiring designers and DIYers across the country. Self-taught designer and entrepreneur Todd Perkins has married the idea of electric drivetrains with some awesome concepts, the latest one being an electric muscle motorcycle called Scrape.
You may remember Todd’s work from last year when we covered his other EV project, an all-electric hot rod with ambitions of hitting 200 mph called the Inhaler Project. The Inhaler is still under construction, but Todd has wasted no time undertaking his electric muscle bike as well.
Starting with a 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900 Ninja frame and suspension, Todd is using the resources provided by the Columbus Idea Foundry to design a custom body. Scrape is designed to showcase EV technology with a target weight of 250 pounds or less. This will mean a small battery, which Todd anticipates will allow for between 20 and 30 miles of driving. The hope is to eventually deliver performance on par with a middleweight sport-touring bike.
For a project designed to showcase EV technology, as opposed to a true cruiser, that is more than enough range. Project Scrape is already up and running, as the above video shows, though it is still a ways away from being “complete.” However, I continue to find Todd’s unique approach to electric vehicles, combining modern technology with classic designs, to be inspiring.
Todd, and others like him, are laying the groundwork for a design and engineering revolution. As access to electric motors and cheaper batteries make these DIY projects more accessible, we’ll see a whole new generation of young people take up the mantle of engineering innovative and attractive solutions for transportation.
As Scrape, and Todd’s other projects (including a hybrid/ethanol hot rod) come together, I’ll be sure to post updates. The finished product promises to be an example of how electric vehicles can be cool, and could help bridge a gap to the next generation of designers and engineers.