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Video: The Zero X Electric Dirt Bike

Those of you who already know me know that I am many things. I am an eco-geek—I love lowering my carbon-footprint. I am “outdoorsy”—I love camping, hiking, and bicycling. And I am an avid motorcyclist—both on- and off-road. And if you REALLY know me, then you also know that—for the life of me—I cannot keep two pennies in my pocket if there’s a shiny new “toy” on the showroom floor. So when I tell you I want one of the new Zero X all-electric dirt bikes, you should know that the motorcycling eco-geek lust boils in my blood with the power of a thousand suns. While I research price, availability, and shipping costs, take a look at this video about the Zero X from the LA Times.
Now as the video below will prove, this bike has the power and torque necessary to be a rugged dirt bike. However, with such battery power and easy charging, why not swap the knobby tires for road rubber, and string it with lights and directionals? Making this bike road-legal would transform it into the perfect electric commuting motorcycle—it would have the distance range necessary for rural commuters, and the “oomph” and grit necessary for urban traffic environments.And now for all of you out there who doubt the bike’s power and revolutionary battery system, here’s proof that this is no two-wheeled golf cart.


Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More
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