Wednesday, April 18, 2012

EMBRIO - The One-Wheeled Motorcycle

The EMBRIO Advanced Concept is a one-wheeled recreational and commuting vehicle for the year 2025, designed by the Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products. Although the riding position is similar to that of a motorcycle, the vehicle uses sensors and gyroscopes to balance up to two passengers on a large single wheel whilst driving.

  • MODEL NAME: EMBRIO Advanced Concept
  • DEVELOPED BY: Bombardier Recreational Products
  • STATUS: Concept
  • YEAR: 2003
  • DRIVE SYSTEM: Fuel cell electric
  • FUEL: Hydrogen
  • LENGTH: 1,240 mm (48.8 in)
  • WIDTH: 700 mm (27.5 in)
  • HEIGHT: 1,200 mm (47.5 in)
  • WEIGHT: 164 kg (360 lbs)

Although the vehicle will also remain stable when motionless, with two small front wheels deployed at speeds below 20 kilometers per hour (12.5 mph). To move forward, the rider activates a trigger on the left handlebar. At a speed of 20 kilometers per hour (12.5 mph) the front wheels or “landing gear” retracts so the rider is balancing on the large single wheel. To turn the rider leans to the left or right. The brake is activated by a trigger on the right handlebar. Fuel cells running on hydrogen provide electricity for the electric motor which drives the single wheel.

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