2012 MonoTracer of Switzerland Calendar

2012 MonoTracer of Switzerland Calendar – Cover

Peraves CEO Roger Riedener has assembled yet another gorgeous MonoTracer calendar for the 2012 model year with some of the best photos from last year’s MonoTracering adventures.  Many of the excellent photos were taken by expert photojournalist Markus Jahn.  A low resolution (2.7Mb) PDF version of the 2012 MonoTracer of Switzerland Calendar is available by clicking here.  I’ve parsed the calendar into JPEGs viewable below.  Click the jump if you’re viewing this from the main blog feed to see each JPEG individually.

January 2012 MonoTracer of Switzerland Calendar – Roger and Stefano formation MonoTracering in the Bohemian forest.

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New MonoTracer MTE-150 Piloting Tutorial Videos

New All Electric MonoTracer MTE-150 Piloting Tutorial Videos.

Peraves CEO and MonoTracer Jedi Master Roger Riedener continues his MonoTracer Academy series on the new all electric MonoTracer MTE-150 with the additional four tutorial videos.  He begins with the very basics of how to get in and out of a MonoTracer (Video #9).  Video #10 covers the all important MonoTracer operating controls with emphasis on the eternally respected switch for the retracts (bionic legs, stabilizers, landing gear, etc…).  Roger also notes the MonoTracer is a seatbelt equipped Safety Motorcycle and helmets are not worn.  Video #11 demonstrates just how slow one can drive a MonoTracer.  Video #12 combines all 3 lessons with a ride into the city to visit Roger’s favorite Thai restaurant.  The MonoTracer is a very elegant vehicle and we want to pilot it in a very elegant way (with the stabilizers retracted).  Study these videos and you’re well on your way to becoming a future MonoTracering pilot!



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 9: Getting In and Out



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 10: Handling



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 11: Slow Driving



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 12: City Ride

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All Electric MonoTracer MTE-150 Brochure

MonoTracer MTE-150 brochure cover page.


Here is the recently completed official MonoTracer MTE-150 brochure for the USA.  The stylish brochure was elegantly designed by Alain Brideson of Swiss based Design-Werk. Click on each brochure image below to zoom in or download the PDF version.

Click here to download a PDF version of the all electric MonoTracer MTE-150 brochure USA edition – (5.6Mb).

SPECIFICATIONS
Top Speed:  150 mph.  Power load at top speed is less than 60kW (40%)
Acceleration:  0-62 mph in less than 5 sec. at 370V
Energy Consumption @ 75 mph:  8kW
Vehicle Range:  180 miles @ 75 mph (20kWhr of useable battery capacity)
Charging time to replenish 16kWh:  min. 220V 16A (3.3kW) = 5 hours
max. 250V 80A (20kW) = 50 minutes
Body:  Kevlar® by DuPont aramid composite monocoque
Dimensions:  L=12.1ft, W=3.9ft (with retracts 4.4ft), H=4.9ft
Weight:  1210lbs empty
Electric Drivetrain:  AC Propulsion Gen3 150kW (200hp) induction motor
100A DC/DC converter from a 411.6V lithium-polymer traction battery
Front Wheel Setup:  Marzocchi 50mm USD fork, Öhlins steering damper and double radial Brembo 4-pot calipers on twin 320mm discs.
Rear Wheel Setup:  ABS brake system combined with electric re-gen braking up to 60kW. Separate rear hydraulic brakes and fully adjustable Öhlins shocks.

The MonoTracer-E is also equipped with leather interior, 4.6 cubic ft. luggage compartment, Oxygen iPhone-Radio, ventilation system and heaters.
Options available:  Bi-Xenon headlights, Air-Conditioning, special colors & leathers, and customizing.

Base price ex factory excl. VAT:  US $104,320.00

USA Sales:  MonoTracerUSA
Official North American Agency for the MonoTracer®

“It’s like flying a meter from the ground.”

Unrivalled Efficiency – Winner of the 2010 Progressive Automotive X-PRIZE.
Proving Grounds in the Swiss Alps. 

Handcrafted like a Swiss Watch and Proven for 30 Years.
Peraves AG is the only company in the world that has dedicated the last 30 years entirely to the fully enclosed safety cabin motorcycle.  The company has built 140 customer vehicles which have safely covered 6 million miles in 25 years.

100% Electric High Performance!

MonoTracer MTE-150 Specifications.

MonoTracer MTE-150 brochure back.

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Take a Spin in the New MonoTracer MTE-150 (Video)

New all electric MonoTracer MTE-150 taking a spin in the Swiss countryside.

Here is the first part of the riding series with the new all electric MonoTracer MTE-150 piloted by MTE-150 inventor and Peraves CEO Roger Riedener.  It was filmed in the beautiful Swiss countryside last week after all the snow and ice melted.  Watch how the TRONtastic electric Monotracer gracefully navigates the winding roads with zero emissions, a futuristic hushed electric whine, with plenty of excess available power and range.  There is no other vehicle that provides as much fun, luxury, performance, efficiency, and convenience rolled into one with the safety provided by the reinforced DuPont Kevlar monocoque chassis.  Enjoy the video with more to follow in the near future.


New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 8: Spin

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New MonoTracer MTE-150 Introductory Videos

New all electric MonoTracer MTE-150 Introductory Videos

Dear friends of the world’s most energy-efficient high-performance vehicle, the X PRIZE winning Peraves MonoTracer MTE-150,

Last week we videoed the first of 7 short movie segments where I would like to introduce to you our final production version of this amazing machine.  Since nobody has time to watch half an hour of video, we made small 2-minute clips with the focus on one or two items on my or hopefully your list.  The weather here in Switzerland is so bad that we had to postpone the fun part, the riding experience.  But as soon as we’ve completed those clips we’ll be posting them up here on the blog. Until then, have fun watching the 7 introductory video clips below.

best, Roger



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 1: Intro with CEO Roger Riedener



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 2: Engineering Department



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 3: Handle Bar



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 4: Main Display



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 5: Control Buttons



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 6: Car Entertainment



New MonoTracer MTE-150 Part 7: FAQ

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Business end comparison of the MTE-150 and MTI-1200

Business end of the new electric MonoTracer MTE-150 - World's most compact 204hp electric powerplant including 20 kWh (useable capacity) battery, wanna bet?

The standard BMW K1200 gas powered MonoTracer MTI-1200 has always been a marvel in drivetrain packaging engineering, but the new all electric MonoTracer MTE-150 elevates compact high power drivetrain packaging to a new art form.  Comparing the MTI-1200 drive with its BMW K1200 LT, the new all electric MTE-150 looks simple, which it is – no spark plugs, no gearshifter magnet, no exhaust, no fuel lines/filter, oil & water pumps & radiators…  The gas MTI-1200 actually uses more space than the electric drive (because the 50 liter fuel tank is under the rear seat) and has 40% less power.  Time’s a-changing…and it’s TRONtastic!

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Cycle World MonoTracer Review

2011.07.13 - MonoTracer e150 and MonoTracer i1200 at Brno Circuit.

Peraves CEO Roger Riedener invited Cycle World‘s motorcycling journalist Steve Anderson to join us for an incredible 4 days of MonoTracering fun at the 21st Annual MonoTracer Driver Training at the Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic during the 2nd week of July 2011.  Steven rode out to Brno, CZ from Switzerland (~600mi) in a MonoTracer caravan on Monday, July 10th, 2011 with Roger and longtime cabin motorcycle advocate and journalist Paul Blezard.  Paul was Steven’s primary wingman throughout the week mentoring Steven in the wonderful world of high performance cabin motorcycles along with words of wisdom from many other veteran EcoMobile and MonoTracer pilots.  Steven is a longtime expert motorcyclist but this was his first time experiencing the motorcycling luxury, comfort, and safety provided by the DuPont™ Kevlar® monocoque fully enclosed MonoTracers.  He also had the privilege of running several hot laps of the Brno Circuit while piloting the 2010 X-PRIZE winning all electric MonoTracer e150 with its awesome power, gobs of torque, and fantastic smoothness.

2011.07.13 - Moto Journalists Steve Anderson and Paul Blezard taking the X-PRIZE winning MonoTracer e150 for some hot laps of the Brno Circuit.

Steven wrote a stellar review of what it is like to MonoTracer for the November 2011 issue of Cycle World.  Click here for a PDF version of the MonoTracer Cycle World article (1.6Mb) or below for individual JPEGs of each page and read for yourself all the fantastic quotes.  Steven eloquently captures the technical, the excitement, and the exoticness of the MonoTracer experience.

Cycle World November 2011 - MonoTracer (p48-49)

Cycle World November 2011 - MonoTracer (p50-51)

Cycle World November 2011 - MonoTracer (p52)

Cycle World November 2011 - MonoTracer (p1)

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2011.07.13 - Moto Journalists Paul Blezard (BMW S1000RR) and Steven Anderson (MonoTracer i1200)

2011.07.13 - Ferrari Rosso Corsa MonoTracer on the edge of pit lane at Brno Circuit.

[Source:  Cycle World, MonoTracer Article PDF (1.6Mb)]

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iGeneration MonoTracer MTE-150

All electric MonoTracer MTE-150.

Christmas day 2011 in Switzerland brought beautiful riding weather.  With all the snow gone Roger and Désirée took the new all electric MTE-150 on a 100mi tour. Desi’s reaction: “It’s perfect!”  Roger made an upgrade to the entertainment system with the addition of the Oxygen Audio O Car System that will now be fitted as standard on all MonoTracer MTE-150s.  One’s iPhone easily clips into the Oxygen’s console which becomes the touch screen control for the radio, MP3, hands-free phone, GPS system and more all while being charged.  Taking a phone call in the very quiet all electric MonoTracer is like having the conversation with the caller right there with you as the caller’s voice emanates in stereo from all the speakers.  You don’t have an iPhone yet? Time to get one… 😉 The MonoTracer has joined the iGeneration. Rock out to your favorite tunes while Wazing away in your new MTE-150!

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First Production MonoTracer MTE-150 Roll Out

The First Production all electric MonoTracer MTE-150. What a gorgeous machine! It's a huge step for this little company. A good friend and car expert said after a short ride: "Even large companies struggle to achieve this kind of refinement. Congrats!"...thanks for the flowers, Ronny!

Saturday morning, December 3rd, 2011, CEO of MonoTracer of Switzerland Roger Riedener setup the long awaited very first production MonoTracer MTE-150 to his personal liking (handlebar position, levers, tire pressure, shocks, a quick wax, etc…) and took it for its first serious spin.  The vehicle and ride quality is a quantum leap in refinement with hardly any noise at 75mph on the highway, joyfully lighter steering, and sensational seating position now 1.5inches lower for the driver allowing for wonderful passenger “theater seating”.  There are no more pedals in the all new electric MonoTracer, no more shifting and no clutching thanks to the single fixed gear driveline mated to the powerful 200hp AC Propulsion 150kW Gen3 drive system.  The new color MFD (Multi Function Display) is beautifully readable in direct sunlight.  Enjoy these early photos Roger sends of the very latest, the very best, and first production line all electric MonoTracer MTE-150.  The future of efficient high performance has finally arrived!

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Chuck and the MonoTracer

2011.09.07 – MonoTracer MTI-1200 parked at Warner Brothers Studios

If you’ve ever viewed any James Bond or other spy films you may be keenly aware of the incredible vehicles the spies choose to drive.  The exciting NBC TV series Chuck is no exception having featured an all electric Tesla Roadster on the Season 3 Episode 12Chuck Versus the American Hero.  In more recent episodes the gorgeous spy Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) can be seen driving a beautiful Lotus Evora.  I’ve been a forever fan of the TV series Chuck since the pilot episode aired 4 years ago.  Season 5 began a couple of weeks ago and the third installment airs this Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8PM (7PM central) on NBC.  The episode is called: Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips  (IMDB).  If you are a fan of the MonoTracer you surely will want to tune into Chuck this Friday evening… 😉

NBC released a sneak peek of Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips viewable below:


5.03 Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips

2011.09.07 – MonoTracer i1200 cockpit view of Warner Brothers Studios.

[Source:  NBC]

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