Saturday, October 20, 2007
The inventor of the “KillaCycle” electric motorcycle injured in crash
September 17, 2007 10:49
Los Angeles (CA) – The inventor of the “KillaCycle"” electric motorcycle almost killed himself during a demonstration at the Wired NextFest conference. Bill Dube, a government scientist during the day and electric bike builder at night, did a “burn out” in front of the Los Angeles Convention Center, but accidentally accelerated too much and crashed into a Minivan.
Interview with "KillaCycle" inventor Bill Dube and the subsequent crash
Luckily we were able to interview Dube before the crash. He was quite proud of his bike and told us that it was the quickest electric bike in existence. Using A123 Systems lithium-ion batteries, the KillaCycle can go zero to 60 miles-per-hour in a mind numbing .97 seconds. It also has a top speed of 158 MPH.
Dube fatefully told us that the batteries are “more powerful than anything else” on the market. Well they were indeed the most powerful because they hurtled Dube and his bike into another vehicle. You can watch the demonstration and initial interview in the above video.
The crash threw Dube into the air and he landed on his back onto the hot Los Angeles asphalt. Luckily he was conscious, breathing and had feeling in all his fingers and toes. Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived and took Dube to the hospital for x-rays.