x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Zerotracer in Abu Dhabi: looks like a pod, drives like a Porsche

The electric-powered Zerotracer - which drives as fast as a Porsche 911 - is being showcased in Masdar as part of its first Middle East tour.

Zerotracer, a zero-emission electric motorcycle, visits Masdar City as part of its Middle East tour.
Zerotracer, a zero-emission electric motorcycle, visits Masdar City as part of its Middle East tour.

An electric-powered motorbike that can accelerate from zero to 100kph in just 4.5 seconds - as fast as a Porsche 911 car - was at Masdar yesterday as part of a UAE-wide tour.

The Zerotracer fully enclosed bike, designed by the Swiss engineering company Designwerk, has a top speed of 240kph and can travel 300 kilometres on a single charge.

It was shown to students and the faculty at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

"The values of environmental stewardship, innovation and entrepreneurship that inspired the designers of the Zerotracer are the same values that drive the students and faculty at Masdar Institute," said Naser Al Marzouqi, head of facilities management at Masdar City.

"Innovations such as those found in the Zerotracer are necessary to advance sustainable transportation technologies and make them more accessible."

The Zerotracer set a record for distance covered by an electric vehicle in February last year by travelling 30,000km in 80 days as part of the Zero Emission Race.

The race featured four zero-emission vehicles and the route took teams through Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Tobias Wuelser, one of the designers of the Zerotracer, said Abu Dhabi was a leader in renewable energy and sustainability so the city was a good fit for the bike.

"The research and innovations in clean technology at Masdar are laying the foundation for a more sustainable future," he said.

The motorcycle will be on display at the sixth World Future Energy Summit this weekend, which runs alongside Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the largest gathering on sustainability ever held in the Middle East.

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