The Arrow: What Happens When an Electric Motorcycle and a Fighter Jet Have a Love Child

by , 01/03/14

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The Arrow by car designer Charles Bombardier demonstrates what would happen if an electric motorcycle and a fighter jet had a love child. Underneath the Arrow’s retractable canopy, driver and passenger sit tandem style in the snug cockpit. Although it has all the sex appeal of a motorcycle, the three-wheeled vehicle is infused with a healthy dose of practical eco-friendliness as well. Its powerful lithium ion battery would pack a powerful punch, ensuring that you and your lucky passenger leave any range anxiety in the dust.

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As the grandson of the founder of the Canadian jet manufacturer that shares his name, it’s no surprise that Bombardier’s design is infused with the lifeblood of a fighter plane. The torpedo-like shape is designed to slice through the air with the same precision.

“The Arrow is powered by a 30-kilowatt, liquid-cooled, double-sided synchronous motor located in the rear, Bombardier explains on his website. “The motor drives a limited slip differential that powers each rear wheel. It could become a four-wheel-drive vehicle or three-wheel-drive, but for now, I’m keeping things light and simple.” It’s just a concept, but Bombardier says the ultimate goal would be to deliver a range that exceeds 370 miles per charge.

For now, most tandem EV concepts like The Arrow exist only on paper, but Bombardier thinks they could have a fighting chance against the gas-powered norm if cities were willing to commit.

“…the real challenge comes from legislation, the designer recently told CNET. “If we decide to limit parts of our cities to these types of light vehicle they will have a fighting chance. Imagine dedicated zones where there is no emission, no noise, and where the roads are in perfect shape. It’s a viable idea and we can set a target dates right now.”

+Charles Bombardier

Via Dvice

All images via Charles Bombardier

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  1. Donald January 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

    We can do this right now by licensing the vehicle as a motorcycle. Also, another way to do it right now is by it being a custom car. US laws allow construction of custom cars, and even manufacture of a limited number of Kit Cars. That is how Local Motors and other shops are able to manufacture, sell and help owners fabricate the cars like the Rally Fighter ref site: (and that applies to kit airplanes, too… licensed as Experimental but able to fly anywhere any other private airplane flies after a 40 hr restriction & inspections)

  2. ajdorsey January 3, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    as someone who has worked in a city government before, maybe 1% of cities could ever do such a thing as create dedicated roadways for electric cars because they simply can’t carry enough passengers to pay for the real estate you would give up.

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