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I’m not sure if I could fantasize any more than I already have been about the C-1 from Lit Motors, but if I could it’d just be pornographic.
The C-1 is an electric motorcycle that drives like a car, manages to keep itself upright at stoplights, hits a top speed of 100mph, and cruises for somewhere around 200 miles on a single charge. And I’ll take one in slate black, thank you.
Founded by Daniel Kim in 2010, Lit Motors has been hard at work designing a new class of vehicle. Entirely electric; this puppy gets up to 200 miles to a charge, with a 4 hour charge time and costing you about $1 to “fuel up” instead of $75 for actual fuel.
A self-balancing two-wheeler might seem odd at first glance but understanding the gyroscopic technology that makes it work isn’t; it’s similar to the tech that’s already in your smartphone and can determine it’s orientation, pitch, roll, yaw and acceleration. The C-1 actually converts kinetic energy into an electrical charge when coming to a stop and uses that energy for the gyro; hit the gas again and that energy is focused back to the motors located in each wheel hub. Oh, and the hubs light up too. With that said, my future light cycle also boasts full A/C and heat, as well as Bluetooth capability and “landing gear” for parking the tiny vehicle.
Kim is hoping to have the C-1 in production in 2014 and the company is currently accepting deposits to reserve your very own. Currently the price is set at $24,000 and after tax incentives that should settle down to $19,000. And while that’s still a bit pricey, Kim is betting the price will end up somewhere around $12,500 once the C-1 hits full production. So I suppose the question for me is, do I become an early adopter? Would you? Check out the video below for a good idea of how well those gyroscopes actually work.