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The Lit C-1: The Electric Motorcycle-Car That Stays Upright In A Collision

by , 06/07/12
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We’ve seen electric cars and electric bikes, but this is the first time we’ve seen a vehicle that combines elements of the two. Not just that, but Lit Motor’s Lit C-1—a compact two-wheeler—also features electronic gyroscopes that allow the vehicle to stay upright in the event of a collision!

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Resembling something from Minority Report, the C-1′s design will comes a relief to many who want the convenience of a motorbike, but also the sturdiness and safety of a car. The C-1 is also big enough for a passenger, meaning it is ideal for short trips around the city.

The innovative EV features 40kW electric motors on the wheels which allow for gyroscopes to be located under the body floor. These spin at more than 1,300 lb/ft of torque. What this means is if the vehicle is hit by a large force, it remains completely balanced so that it doesn’t fall over and injure the occupants. The vehicle also stays upright when stopping. Its large chassis also ensures that both driver and passenger are not just protected from traffic, but also the elements.

Powered by electric batteries, the C-1 has a range of 200 miles on a full charge.  Also, in a Tron-esque design flourish, discs of light glow from the wheel hubs illustrating the electric hub motors. The C1 is also equipped with connectivity to smartphones that inform of the driver of treacherous weather or traffic conditions. Lit Motors describe their vehicle as “the world’s first gyroscopically stabilized rolling smart phone” as it offers H2V, H2C, V2I, and V2V connectivity as well as ”the alternated to alternatives on an exciting and safe platform” making the “daily commute into something to look forward to.”

While the C-1 is still in the test phase, Lit Motors hope that they will have the vehicle on the road by 2014. Until then, click below to watch a video of the C-1 in action.

+ Lit Motors

via SpringWise

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6 Comments

  1. Rose Dupuis August 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    When is the C-1 available in Canada and What is its price range?
    I can not remember what twitter was like before @
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  2. CLA67 March 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Ok, when can I get one? Love it!

  3. Marisa Cicha March 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    <3!! i will be waiting when it's more mass produced to get me one!

  4. ravish June 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    beautiful innovation. ! whn r u mrkting it..?

  5. upkhelkar June 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Whatever it is? but it sound very interesting an attractive at first sight. I m interested to know more about it s availability in India. its roadworthiness in india and its climatic conditions. Overall political conditions…

  6. catbeller June 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Nooooo – the gyros are physical, not electronic. The Segway uses a gyro on a chip to direct the wheels to jitter themselves to keep the Segway upright. The C-1 uses actual massive spinning cylinders to maintain the attitude of the vehicle. It’s being held up by the angular momentum of the spinning gyros, not a computer on a chip twiddling the wheels.

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