UPDATE: See below… Motorcycle News just pulled the article….
Motorcycle News just published an article about how the winners of 2009’s inaugural TTGXP race on the Isle of Man won’t be back to defend their title unless organizers of the TT Zero change their plans to supply this year’s teams with gasoline-powered generators. Guy Procter writes:
Team boss Arvind Rabadia says his industry will be made a laughing stock if electric race teams are forced to charge their bikes using generators: “I’ve read that generators are going to be used instead and I’m not happy about it.
“It would only take one photograph of an electric bike being charged from a petrol generator to make a joke of my industry” he says.
Last year, Manx Electric ran a new line to the paddock area which was dedicated to the sole use of the TTXGP racers. According to the article:
The switch to generators was necessitated by TT organisers’ plans to move the electric competitors away from their newly mains-supplied paddock on the cricket field and integrate them with the rest of the TT field – a paddock area which has no mains electricity supply.
The fact that the IOM/TTZero management were even considering this method of supplying electricity to the teams shows that they have a fundamental lack of understanding of what electric vehicles are all about. The IOM’s Department of Tourism and Leisure appears to either be set on destroying the nascent sport of electric motorcycle racing or too ignorant to help themselves from destroying it.
You have to give credit to the spin doctors at IOM, they just issued a statement saying that they NEVER planned to have gasoline generators supplying electricity to any of the paddocks at the IOM.
Given this statement, and the reluctance of the sources of the article to curry disfavor with the TT folks, Motorcycle News pulled the article.
But ask yourself this, discerning reader: Would the CEO of Team Agni fabricate this story? If it was so easily denied, why would he bring discredit upon himself by alleging that gas-powered generators were planned? Of course, he would not. The TT Zero’s response that generators were never going to be used seems highly suspect.
Here’s their statement:
STATEMENT FROM THE ISLE OF MAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND LEISURE
Following an article that has been posted on motorcyclenews.com, the Isle of Man Government categorically denies that there was ever any intention to supply teams with petrol generators for the TT Zero race. The Department of Tourism and Leisure is at a loss to understand how this story came about as there has never been any intention to do anything other than provide power supplies by the existing dedicated distribution network.
The TT Zero teams will be situated in Paddock D and will be supplied with electric sockets to charge their bikes from the mains, as is the case with the rest of the TT paddock.
The TT Zero regulations, which were issued on 2nd February 2010, clearly state on page 26, point 16:
Charging from the mains
The machine may be charged from a provided 240 volt single phase supply of 13 Amps maximum. The charging system must be separate from the machine and comply with all electrical safety requirements including thermal overload trip, fusing and be equipped with an earth leakage protection breaker.
We have reassured Team Agni that electric sockets will be used to charge the bikes in the Paddock.
Note that the rules quoted merely provide that “The machine may be charged from a provided 240 volt single phase supply of 13 Amps maximum.” There is no language prohibiting the use of a gasoline-powered source, such as a generator, providing that electricity. In fact, other than the statement of intent to “provide power supplies by the existing dedicated distribution network” there is nothing in this statement assuring Agni that power will come from Manx Electric’s lines. Even the provision that “electric sockets will be used to charge he bikes in the Paddock” is vague. Gasoline-powered generators have “electric sockets.” The “Charging from the mains” subtitle is worthless, absent a definition of the word “mains,” which is not common enough to go without further definition.
In fact… maybe this calls for an update of the TTXGP Technical Rules Wiki…