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A Plug-in Motorcycle

Brammo's Enertia puts bikers on the grid

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As one of us--the heavier one--approached the first major hill on a test ride of Brammo Motorsports' new Enertia electric motorcycle, we were doubtful that this light, elegantly designed bike could haul a 109-kilogram (240-pound) rider up the incline. We shouldn't have worried: it effortlessly propelled him to the top of Portland, Ore.'s West Hills.

Thanks to the central positioning of the batteries and motor, the Enertia handled the winding roads with ease, and its wide rear tire kept the wheels on the ground even when accelerating through turns. It rode and handled predictably and comfortably. The suspension was somewhat stiffer than that of most gasoline-fueled bikes, yet it took bumps, potholes, and railroad tracks in downtown Portland without trouble.

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Chinese Joint Venture Will Begin Mass-Producing an Autonomous Electric Car

With the Robo-01, Baidu and Chinese carmaker Geely aim for a fully self-driving car

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A black car sits against a white backdrop decorated with Chinese writing. The car’s doors are open, like a butterfly’s wings. Two charging stations are on the car’s left; two men stand on the right.

The Robo-01 autonomous electric car shows off its butterfly doors at a reveal to the media in Beijing, in June 2022.

Tingshu Wang/Reuters/Alamy

In October, a startup called Jidu Automotive, backed by Chinese AI giant Baidu and Chinese carmaker Geely, officially released an autonomous electric car, the Robo-01 Lunar Edition. In 2023, the car will go on sale.

At roughly US $55,000, the Robo-01 Lunar Edition is a limited edition, cobranded with China’s Lunar Exploration Project. It has two lidars, a 5-millimeter-range radar, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and 12 high-definition cameras. It is the first vehicle to offer on-board, AI-assisted voice recognition, with voice response speeds within 700 milliseconds, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295 chip.

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