We have heard a lot about electric cars and hybrid cars, it’s the future of automobiles but have you ever imagined, what if two-wheelers (Motorcycles) also stepped in the electric culture? Yes! Electric motorcycles are improving since many years and now many manufacturers have unveiled their electric machines. Some of them are too fast and can beat the fuel powered super bikes as well. In this article we will shed some light on electric motorcycles and electric racing events.
Let’s begin with the fastest production Super bike on the orb, Lightning LS-218. The Super bike which can cut the wind on roads and is capable of beating fuel eater opponents. The name of the machine is refers to the bike’s top speed. Yes it can hit the 218 miles per hour (350 km/hr) mark. It generates a huge 200 BHP of power output and 228 Nm of torque which is nearly double than the Ducati Panigale. Reading this, we might question; without an engine, without fuel, how can it generate such a power.
An IPM liquid cooled 150 kw+ 10,500 RPM electric motor powers the bike, while it takes electricity from its huge battery backup. In the Lightning LS-218, there are three battery backup options according to the consumer’s budget – a 380V 12 kWh battery pack (Range of 100-120 miles per charge), a 380V 15 kWh battery pack (Range of 120-150 miles per charge) and a 380V 20 kWh battery pack (Range of 160-180 miles per charge). The maximum range of the battery backup boasts up to 290 kms, and it takes a mere 30 minutes to charge up via quick charging and 2 hours for stage 2 charging. With its battery, the bike weighs 224.5 kilograms.
When we think of a Super bike we’re always worried about the gear shifting, right? But in this the problem is solved, there is no clutch and gearbox in the bike. It rolls a direct drive system, just twist your wrist and it goes. Like other super bikes, the LS-218 is also equipped with high-performance components like Brembo brakes, Ohlins TTX36 rear suspension, Billet aluminum swing arm and carbon fiber body parts.
The Lightning LS-218 is not the only electric motorcycle manufacturer, there are also other electric super bike makers, who are working to be the best and to beat the fuel powered super bikes. Energica is an Italian bike manufacturer who has launched three models. The flagship model of Energica is ‘Ego’ which generates 136 BHP and 198 Nm of torque.
With its jaw-dropping technical output figures and latest technologies, it’s clear that electric super bikes will take the top spot in the foreseeable future.
Everybody knows about E-Formula racing where four-wheels running at lightning speeds on electric power, but two-wheels are also in the competition. TT Zero, a racing event, where the motorcycles are used for racing has to be powered without using carbon based fuels and have zero emissions. The electric motorcycle race was introduced in 2009 as TTXGP and won by team AGNI’s Rod Barber. The next year the name is changed to TT Zero, but the format is remains untouched. After three years, in 2012 Mugen came in the picture, Mugen is Honda’s traditional racing partners. In 2012 in the electric bike race, Mugen’s team achieve second place and also same in 2013 with the Honda rider John McGuinness, we can say he is a master of Isle Man TT races and he performed well since decades on the track. From 2014 Mugen wins the championship of electric races with the completely dominated battery powered machines.
Mugen has not disclosed more details of its electric racing bikes but some information is there.
It weighs around 250kgs with a carbon fibre monocoque frame, carbon fibre suspension and carbon fibre brakes. The motorcycle comes with a new battery with the same maximum output voltage of 370 V. The new 2017 version of Mugen’s racing machine is a fine-tuned version of its predecessors.
Apart from racing bikes, Mugen has also unveiled an electric Motocross bike at the 2017 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. So, in the near future we might see electric motors ruling Motocross events as well. We can’t wait to see how all this turns out.