I got sucked in watching one leg of the Tour de France a few days ago.
This made it very clear how woefully inadequate the current EV's are, compared to a top athlete with top cycling gear and support crew.
I am wondering if there is an electric vehicle out there that could make it to the finish line of one, or several or all of the individual stages of the race.
Is there a vehicle that could actually win one or several or all stages of the tour?
Imagine cost was not an issue at all (those bicycles cost more than a Vectrix), could one build an electric vehicle that could keep up?
Say, with a 45kg rider, to make it easier...
Some of the specs needed:
On the long climbs the riders apparently produce something like 400W continuously.
Many stages are around 200km long.
Downhill speeds reach 100km/h.
How many kilos of batteries would it take to store enough energy for any of the stages - could a bicycle carry these and still break sufficiently safely for the downhill hairpin turns?
To make it a "fair" comparison, some sort of recharging on the run should be allowed, because the riders take in copious amounts of fluids and calories during the races. These are carried by team members and support crews and also handed out by spectators, it seems.
So you might want to allow a group of EV's working together, with one or more carrying several spare batteries, handing them over and then falling back from the lead. But they must make it to the finish line to be allowed in again the next day and continue their supporting role.
What group of EV's and what kind of strategy would be needed?