- Pukka Electric MiniBike
The Pukka Electric Mini-bike was a small, battery-powered, two-wheeled
electric vehiclemanufactured by Pukka USA, LLC. It is capable of carrying a single passenger, weighing a maximum of 220-225 pounds (100 kg - 102 kg), to speeds up to 16 MPH (26 km/h).
The Pukka is powered by two 12-volt sealed lead-acid batteries contained in a rear compartment, held by the frame behind the seat. It has an electronic motor control board which uses
Pulse-width modulation(PWM), and can provide up to 55 amps when required [ [http://www.greenspeed.us/pukka_minibike_electric.htm Pukka electric scooters] ] . It receives low voltage signals from the throttle, which is attached to the right handle bar. The braking system is a drum brakeactivated through a metal brake cable from a brake handle on the left handle bar. A circuit runs through the brake handle to allow the motor control board to detect when the brake is being used and shut off power to the motor. Thus, the Pukka is designed so that the motor and the brakes cannot be used at the same time.
The Pukka was available in only one model, the GX400C, released in 2002 and quietly discontinued ca. 2007. During its production run it underwent many minor parts changes, including the throttle assembly,
kickstand, and internal circuit board or PWM controller. During its production run, the GX400C was sold for approximately $400 through a small, primarily online dealer network. In the midst of significantly declining sales, Pukka USA was acquired by the "blank check" company Sunrise USA in mid-2006 [ [http://sec.edgar-online.com/2006/08/21/0001127855-06-000434/Section2.asp SEC filing on Sunrise acquisition of Pukka] ] . Sales of the GX400C were phased out sometime over the course of the next year.
* [http://www.powerstream.com/Pukka.htm Information about the Pukka from Powerstream, the designer of the PWM controller]
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