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Lightning Motorcycles reveals electric Bonneville Superbike with Niobium technology

Lightning Motorcycles has revealed its new electric Bonneville Superbike: Tachyon Nb. Tachyon Nb is developed using Niobium technology and combines extreme high performance and innovations to target breaking the world Land Speed Record and exceeding the 250 mph (400 km/h) mark.


Lightning partnered with the Brazilian company CBMM, global leader in Niobium products and technology (earlier post), on materials for the superbike.

The use of Niobium in the mobility industry can result in numerous benefits such as weight reduction and greater energy efficiency, contributing directly to the safety of the vehicles.

For this year’s collaboration, we are implementing Niobium-containing brake rotors for improved high temperature performance, several Niobium components in the on-board charger that allow the entire system to be more reliable and efficient, and finally Niobium-containing steel tubing in the swing arm and chassis that allows us to meet the demanding strength and weight requirements of the application.

— Daniel Wright, CBMM engineer and person responsible for the development of the project

Tachyon Nb will hit the road to exceed the performance of its predecessor model, LS-218, in some of the most iconic “paradises of speed” in the United States. This includes the El Mirage desert and the Bonneville Salt Flats.



It is interesting to think where the sweet spot is for electric bikes.
You have loads of power, but not very much energy or space; so speed, but not much range.
Realistically, 100-110 kph should enough for medium-long range commuting, and 60-70 for medium-short range, and 30-40 for urban use.
What we see in Ireland is loads of e-bikes and e-scooters, which are supposed to be < 250W and 25kph, but many of them are (illegally) much faster than that.
So you have this sort of underground, bottom up spread of e-bikes, many of which are illegal.
Luckily, I have not heard of many ebike deaths. (But 2 e-scooter deaths since 2020).
E-scooters are a different matter as the centre of gravity is so high and close to the front wheel, but people love them, irrespective of the danger.


GreenCCongress needs to focus a whole lot more on realworld, affordable, available, present-tense 2/4 wheeled electric solutions for the masses. Example: How come a still partly third-world country like India can produce and/or sell a vast array of price-busting($500-$2000), high-spec, long-range, fast Vespa-like electric scooters - yet we in the so-called "first world" are scandalously limited to a tiny fraction of India's vast choice and what we do have costs 2-3 times the price that Indian scooter-buyers pay ? Here's what I'm talking about(ie. what the West's media refuses to talk about..):
India's Best and Most Affordable electric scooters for 2022:
PS. did Lightning ever provably sell one single 218 mph LS-218 to one single consumer anywhere on our (probably) environmentally doomed planet ?
Paul G

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