It depends on what you mean by "type"... ECVT transmissions are used currently in some car models. However, the transmission in the AN650 is the first of its kind for a 2 wheeled vehicle as far as I know. The materials, design and build of the AN650 ECVT transmission is somewhat different from the ECVT in an Audi automobile. It is designed for a relatively low horsepower engine moving a 500 lb vehicle. The Audi transmission on the other hand, has to work with a high horsepower engine moving a vehicle that weighs thousands of lbs. So the Audi transmission is understandably over-built compared to the scooter's transmission.Dad said:Whew! That's a relief - these being new tech transmissions made me look twice. Any idea how long this type of tranny has been in use worldwide?
As mentioned, variable and continuously variable transmissions of different sorts have been around for a long time. Some were controlled by the driver -- via levers, cranks, etc. -- while others used centripetal force to affect the change.Dad said:Whew! That's a relief - these being new tech transmissions made me look twice. Any idea how long this type of tranny has been in use worldwide?