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    For years now, Lit Motors has been developing its all-electric self-balancing two-wheel vehicles, often referred to as Auto-Balancing Electric Vehicle (AEV). It is described as an extremely efficient commuter vehicle thanks to its light weight, low mechanical drag with only 2 wheels touching the road and low aerodynamic drag because of its enclosed motorcycle shape.

    The company announced having received over 1,000 reservations for the vehicles, but yet it can’t find its way to production. After several delays and despite backers like Mark Pincus, founder and CEO at Zynga, and Larry Page, founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet, the company is reportedly still looking for funding in order to bring the vehicle to production. more…

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    Just an observation. Every time that gyro torque is used to balance the vehicle energy is lost that must be made up from the battery.

    How does this energy compare to the aerodynamic gains?

    The "car" in the video appears way big for just one occupant.
     
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    Probably tiny. The gyros put a bit more energy into righting the car than you put into trying to knock it over. When it is moving, it acts like a bicycle or motorcycle and stays upright through dynamic forces. Pushing air aside at 60 mph takes a lot of energy. Motorcycle generally have terrible drag coefficients, even homemade fairings will get you 50% increases.

    Thank you kindly.
     

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