Bradley Hasemeyer of Translogic is the latest member of the press to take a spin on the Brammo Empulse R electric motorcycle. So far the Empulse R seems to be the leading contender for an electric motorcycle that is a direct replacement for a gasoline powered motorcycle experience. A lot of that has to do with Brammo’s exclusively licensed 6-speed transmission that is built strong enough to hold the constant torque of the brushless DC electric motor. The transmission improves the Empulse R’s acceleration and range but most importantly it is a more satisfying riding experience for veteran motorcycle riders and that’s what’s winning people over. I like the story Translogic put together because they toured the factory and got the scoop on how Brammo got started and their highly successful TTXGP racing program. It turns out the guy who started Brammo is also responsible for bringing the Ariel Atom to the US.
This week’s episode of Translogic takes us to Tech Shop in San Francisco. The Tech Shop franchise is a fabrication workshop co-op where you pay a monthly membership fee and take classes to be trained on the equipment they have. I have a membership at the Tech Shop here in Raleigh and have really enjoyed it. I’m going to be using the CNC mill, metal shop, CNC plasma cutter and welders to do the EV conversion on the RX-8. It’s been great to learn all the fabrication skills to supplement my engineering degree. I find myself revisiting all the ideas for inventions that I’ve had in years past now that I’m actually able to make things. If you’re in the Bay Area, the Triangle area in NC, Detroit or Austin, then check out the Tech Shop Website to see what your local shop has to offer. The Translogic video showcases some of the success stories that were born in the San Francisco Tech Shop including a little roadster powered by a BMW motorcycle engine:
Translogic’s Bradley Hasemeyer visit’s the Tesla factory to check out their first clean sheet designed car, the Model S. His interviews focus less on the details of the actual car and more on the innovative design philosophies that went into it. The interviewees talk about the reasons why Tesla chose to break certain conventions with the Model S.
Translogic pays a visit to BMW’s Tech Office in Silicon Valley where they are working on the ActiveE and its integration. In addition to the creation of the actual EV’s, a lot of work still needs to be done in the area of smart charging grids. We have to be able to charge all of these cars without overwhelming our power distribution infrastructure. That’s what they’re working on here with smart appliances, solar trees and smart phone integration.
Bradley Hasemeyer of Translogic got an interview in with Monster Tajima at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb before and after he attacked the mountain in his new E-Runner electric car in an attempt to set the new overall record. Tajima was the defending champion and was hoping to put an EV on top of the podium for the first running of the fully paved course. Unfortunately it was not meant to due to a motor failure on race day after qualifying well all weekend.