The Zerotracer is another innovative Swiss concept in the form of a full shell motorbike powered by an electric engine. The body of the bike is made from kevlar composite and it features two retractable wheels for stationary support. The interior has a stereo system, 2 inline bucket seats, a heating system and allows for a 250-degree view through the acrylic glass windshield.
The Zero Emission Race Team intends to round the globe in 80 days, crossing 16 countries and stop in 100 different cities, like Paris, Vienna, Moscow, Shanghai, Vancouver, San Francisco, Mexico City and Madrid. The Journey will start on August 15th, 2010 in Geneva Switzerland and leads eastwards over 30’000 km (18641 miles), crossing Europe, Russia, China, the US and Mexico, to finally end again in Geneva, previously on January 11th, 2011. The challenge will help to test the vehicle and spread awareness about transportation issues and innovative ways to use renewable energy sources.
To make the Zerotracer fit for a distance of 300 km (186.5 mi) it just takes a fast charge of half an hour to 80% of full capacity.
Reach per full charge: 350km (217.5 mi.)
Top Speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
0-100km/h (0-62 mph): 4.5 seconds
Weight: 640 kg
Consumption@80 km/h (50 mph): 7 kWh
Full Charge: 2 hrs @ 9.9 kW
Motor: 135 kW/ 185 Hp
Battery Pack 18 kWh,400V,160k
SAM (for “Sustainable Automotive Mobility”) is a small and appealing 3-wheeler electric car ideal for commuting over short to medium distances in urban and suburban areas. SAM has just been officially launched in May 2010 and is presently available through a network of qualified partners in Switzerland, Germany and Poland.
SAM is the brainchild of Swiss Cree Ltd. and the industrial design company Bene Creative Resource and was initially presented in 2001 as a test-serial encompassing 80 units for public field testing and market studies, which drew a lot of attention from both, public and media. However a lack of venture capital prevented a timely launch and stalled the project for quite some time.
But the development team was not defeated and their wit, persistence and creativity finally paid off. Not only did they acquire the licensing rights for the SAM and rise the necessary funds by privately issuing titles for their own, in 2007 founded company Swiss SAM Group Ltd., but they also developed a proprietary battery pack, replacing the former acid lead batteries, and established industrial partnerships, the main one being with Impact Automotive Technologies in Poland for further development and small scale production.
SAM Group Ltd. has a clear strategy, based on organic growth, customer support and on a strong vision for:
Pollution free Mobility for people in urban and suburban regions
A well defined and convincing overall concept
Low production and distribution costs – high affordability
An attractive and distinct design
The fun factor – an enjoyable driving experience
The following videos are from the initial 2001 test series – nevertheless they convey some of the fun experienced when piloting a SAM
SAM being of a minimalistic yet attractive and functional design is not just another EV hitting the road, but a confession to a lifestyle meeting all expectations in regard to ecology, economy and efficiency, and apart from offering an earth friendly mode of transport it certainly caters to the emotions too.