The world of automobiles is changing. The need to go green is slowly affecting the way we live and the products and machines we use. Our demand for new appliances, automobiles, homes and consumer products is putting a strain on the resources they depend on, forcing us to seek out other sources. If you look at automobiles, you’ll notice that they use up a considerable amount of fossil fuels whose price is constantly rising. This has led us to turn to greener means of transport where petrol and diesel won’t have to be used and pollution levels are kept to a minimum.
In keeping with this trend, Japanese company Znug has designed a very handsome motorbike that looks like it stepped out of the Tron: Legacy movie. Very sleek yet aggressive looking, the bike called ZecOO is an electric automobile that’s designed by Kota Nezu, a former designer of automaker, Toyota.
Amazingly, it took Nezu and his team a mere six months to transform the concept into a prototype. It was constructed in a custom bike shop in Tokyo’s Suehiro. It’s hard to imagine that a measly six months was enough to bring us ZecOO but there you have it: evidence of Japanese ingenuity.
The unconventional motorbike was built using wood and alloy. We’ve seen a few examples of bikes based on wood but nothing matches the sheer professionalism of ZecOO which looks set to give even the best bikes a run for their money. The bike’s front utilizes a central hub system instead of the more standard fork steering, sitting on cantilevered shock absorbers driven by a rear wheel belt.
Unfortunately, we have no specs on ZecOO so we can only guess at its performance. What we have been told is that performance will match the bike’s looks which we take to mean it will be aggressively fast.
According to the designers, the objective was to develop a bike that was reliable, eco-friendly and stylish enough to tug at the heartstrings. We won’t disagree as ZecOO seems to encompass all the team was hoping for.
A detailed look at the website will take you on the journey of construction, along with sketches, CGI and the technical workings of the bike. Suffice it to say that ZecOO is bound to make heads turn when it rolls out after being tested in the spring of 2012 even though you probably won’t hear the roar that accompanies conventional gas-based bikes.
We’re eagerly waiting to see if Nezu comes up with anything else. Till then, we’re waiting with bated breath for ZecOO to make its launch in the commercial motorbike market.