Electric superbike could influence car world

September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Bike racer, engineer, speed-freak and electric enthusiast Chip Yates is to show his latest creation at the Battery Show in San Jose next month. Yates and the Swigz.com Pro Racing team are to compete in next year’s FIM ePower and TTXGP series for electric bikes, and this new bike – which develops 194bhp and 295lb ft of torque – is claimed to be “easily the most powerful electric superbike in the world.”

It’s not just about speed, however. Yates explains that “unlike a car, a bike simply cannot take numerous high-capacity batteries on board to improve performance and range, so we have had to harness highly advanced technology, such as a bespoke KERS system.” He is patenting some of the tech, including the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery), and says that “the EV industry is looking at this bike with interest, and is increasingly looking to us for consultancy on other EV projects.” Reducing dependence on heavy, expensive and space-consuming batteries has to be good for cars as well.

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