20 June 2013

Haslemere Motorcycles electric bike night

Come and say hello, and find out the story behind our projects, at the forthcoming "Electric Bike Night" promotion. This is being held at Haslemere Motorcycles in Bordon, Hants, on the evening of Wednesday 3rd July.

As well as the EV1000 story they'll have a talk about Zero Motorcycles, for which they are an authorised dealer, along with one of their "Zero" customers who'll be able to give you an owners view of the bike.

You'll find more details HERE

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EV1000 team invited to Greenpower Regional Finals at Goodwood

On June 9th Goodwood Racing Circuit welcomed dozens of schools from across the South-East armed with electric racing cars, built and driven by the students, for the Greenpower Education Trust’s Southern Region Finals.

We were there as star guests, displaying the UK record-breaking bike with Rob Moon, our rider, presenting the trophies to the winners.

The Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people with the specific intent of influencing their views about engineering and presenting it as the fascinating and dynamic career choice that it is.

Just ask Rob who has a First Class degree in motorsport (motorcycle) engineering from Coventry University and who has been racing motorbikes since the age of 15. Rob commented “I relished the opportunity to convey to the youngsters at this event just how exciting engineering is” he added “it isn’t just about nuts and bolts but about the future and how engineering informs progress.”

We have been invited back to present prizes at the National Final, also to be held at Goodwood, in October 2013.

To find out more about the Greenpower Education Trust please visit their WEBSITE

Rob with the winning team from Slinfold School
Weald's electric drag-bike on display at prize-giving
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18 June 2013

We've got it covered - courtesy of Monsoon Car Hoods

I'd been looking for a decent trailer to carry the new bike for quite a while when I spied one on eBay late last year, just a few miles from home.

I was after something that would carry a 10' wheelbase motorbike, and most trailers this size where absolutely huge. This though was perfect - an old caravan chassis (nice suspension) which had been converted to a box body that was 12' long and 4-1/2' wide with a tailgate - perfect.

Being close to home was a bonus as I imagined I'd have to travel a long way to find anything suitable.

So, I collected it in November last year, and with the awful spring weather waited a long, long, time before I could get stuck into refurbishing it. It didn't need a lot as it was basically very sound, but I wanted it in the orange/grey we use rather than black paint and galvanised panels. It also needed a new jockey wheel, and the floor had seen better days.

So once the weather warmed up a while ago I gave it a good tidy up. At the moment the floor still needs replacing and the logos (courtesy of Nick at Demonskinz as always) have yet to be added.

Today was special though... I dropped it off at the finest soft top and seat trimming company in the UK.

Again I'm fortunate to have such a superb supplier on my doorstep. When you've seen very rare Ferraris in the workshop being fully re-trimmed you know you'll get one hell of a good looking trailer cover!

I delivered the trailer this morning to Monsoon Car Hoods and can't wait for the call to go and collect it in another day or so. I'll post more once it's finished, but for now I can't recommend them strongly enough if you need a factory quality soft-top, a tonneau, a re-trim, or a fully bespoke cover.

Give Tony a call on 01323 440422 and tell him I sent you!

Meanwhile here are some pictures of progress to date...

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17 June 2013

Eco Technology Show 2013 is a success

We had a great time at the Eco Technology Show held at The Brighton Centre last week. The show had moved from the AMEX stadium, and was much better for it - a better location and a dedicated show/exhibition centre added up to greater footfall and better displays.

We had the original bike on display again, with lots of information about the EV1000 project, and caught up with a few of our supporters. It was good to see you, Jonathan, Adrian, David, and John - thanks for stopping by.

The new project was pretty inspiring to most visitors, and it was good to meet a few Design and Technology teachers. They were all interested in having us in their schools to tell the kids all about the project so it looks like there'll be some more talks lined up in the autumn term.

We were also invited to display the bike in London at the EcoConnect "Green in the City" event discussing the future of Low Carbon Transport - a great marketing opportunity for us. The event details are HERE

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