Electric motorbike tech takes to four wheels
August 26, 2010 § 1 Comment
An electric-drive system developed for motorbike racing is being developed for application in cars. Remy International is teaming up with design/engineering consultancy MotoCzysz to build a complete powertrain solution using Remy’s high-voltage ‘hairpin’ (HVH) internal permanent magnet motor and MotoCyzysz’s cooling systems and integration tech.
They’re calling the system Digital Drive; as it was originally developed to slot onto a motorbike frame, it’s compact and lightweight – and it packs a punch. All the high-voltage components are housed within a single unit, mounted between the two driven wheels, and 250lb ft of torque is promised from the first product. A smaller unit will follow, but also versions stronger yet.
Production starts next summer.
Remy International, based in Pendleton, Indiana, supplies electric motors to clients including Aptera and Mercedes-Benz (for the ML450 Hybrid). MotoCzysz, a small family firm from Portland, Oregon, builds and races electric motorbikes; more on its track exploits at Club MotoAmerica, but trophies won by its E1pc bike (pictured) this year include the Isle of Man TT zero (for electric bikes and the e-Power Red Bull MotoGP at Laguna Seca. Interestingly, the company is also working with the Indian company Bajaj on “a bold solution for a next-generation electric car”.