The World’s First Zero-Emissions Grand Prix On Isle Of Man.

CHARGE is a new movie following several teams to the world’s first zero-emissions grand prix on the Isle of Man in 2009 and on their return in 2010. Racing without the sound and fury of internal combustion engines? Are these racers visionaries defining the future of motorcycling? Is it history or blasphemy? I let you judge. Directed and written by Mark Neale (director of the MOTO GP Movie Faster) and narrated by Ewan McGregor. Watch the trailer (thanks Amaryllis)

10 Responses to “The World’s First Zero-Emissions Grand Prix On Isle Of Man.”

  1. 1 Patrick Grecher May 5th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Your preferred motorcycle manufacturer, including Harley, Victory, etc will offer e-bikes in the next 5 years. Combustion engines will begin to become collectibles in 50 years. No way you can stop the e-thing.

  2. 2 burnout May 5th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Hey, Toyota offers a underhood speaker system to provide noise so pedestrians can hear a e-car coming down the street! Will work for bikes too eh? peace

  3. 3 fausto May 5th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Two-stroke superbikes are fun, TZ 750, RG 500, RZ 500,

    When the electric bikes can match the kick and range of those then they will be fun as well.

    Right now they seem kind of lame on a racetrack.

  4. 4 Kirk Perry May 5th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    A 12″ wheel fold-able scooter constructed of magnesium/titanium is in development. The scooter will travel 100 miles on a one-hour 110V Quik-Chrg®.
    The Moto-Scootness® has 4-spoke wheels and will run 0-60 mph in 3 seconds. Collapsible, it comes in an airline approved carbon-fiber case and the whole package weighs 25 ibs.
    Sets up in (1) minute utilizing two Speed-Twist connectors.
    And yes, the front wheel has a “space-age” Ace of Spades™ non-breakable, fixed, playing card running in front of the serrated-edge brake rotor. The playing card serves two purposes; it cleans debris off the front rotor’s top edge, and makers a distinctive click-click-click (Claxon™) noise as the bike travels forward (and/or with the optional “reverse” gear), to warn pedestrians, so we don’t re-live the deaths that took place in the “silent horseless carriage days”.
    The bikes will be displayed at WalMart® in 2015 for $1,199. Order yours now.

  5. 5 Jeff Nicklus May 5th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I think this is kinda cool actually …. as long as they continue the “regular” gas/alcohol powered races as well. However, we must face the fact that the internal combustion engine is on it’s way out … it may take another 50 years +/- but it’s days are, without a doubt, numbered.

    Over & Out,


  6. 6 Rider2 May 6th, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Some of those bikes actually have some great engineering behind them (Zero, Brammo, etc…). They are trying their best to make those things look like motorcycles and not a bunch of 12V batteries glued together in a softail frame.
    They are still expensive for what they do but the price will go down as the technology becomes cheaper. Nissan has a great new car (The Leaf) with orders going through the roof…It’s a question of time before the MC industry catches on (within the next 10 years probably).

    It’s going to take some marketing to convince the old “shovelhead” guy to drop his bike for a battery operated one going 60 mph for 3 hours before dying on the side of the road.

  7. 7 Kiwished May 6th, 2011 at 2:39 am

    There are schools of thought that states it produces more emissions to charge the batteries on electric vehicles than it saves.

  8. 8 live2rideaglide May 6th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    It may be the wave of the future , but I am thankful that I will either be to old or to dead when it happens. No internal combustion engine! No rumble, vibration-less operation and no exhaust. If we can power a fuelie to 200plus with wood alcohol, surely we can get a soccer mom to WalMart with the same technology.

  9. 9 Buba May 6th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I attended the 100th. Anniversary running of the IOM. With speeds of 190 mph and John Mcguinness setting a new record of averaging 130 mph per lap on the course, it wouldn’t have seemed the same with the bikes going by with a quiet hum. I also dought if they could have averaged the lap time John did. Which by the way has sinced been increased. No doubt the internal combustion engine is on the way out and maybe so be it. I’ll be dust when that time finally arrrives and my grandchildren will be able to talk to each other with out shouting as the bikes whiz by. Joey Dunlop is spinning in his grave.

  10. 10 Johnny 5 May 12th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Only old closed-minded buggers let this bother them; it’s a motorcycle race with two wheels and a rider.

    Move along dinosaurs, we don’t need your fuel.

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