STORM Eindhoven has unveiled world’s first electric touring motorcycle. A group of 30 students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have worked over a year to complete an innovative battery-electric motorcycle with a range of 380 kilometres. The candidate 80 Day Race team prepares a first 26.000-kilometre trip next year.

Not only its range of 380 kilometres is groundbreaking. The motorbike called ‘STORM Pulse’ is powered by a battery pack containing 24 ‘cartridges’ carrying a maximum amount of 28,5kWh energy. This modular package can be adjusted to suit a more sportive driving behaviour when desired. The 24 modules can be easily swapped.

An extensive test schedule and a showcasing tour through Europe will be completed before they start a global journey of 26.000 kilometres. The team calls it the ‘STORM World Tour’ and by relying on the existing infrastructure, STORM aims to complete the mission in 80 days. It would be the perfect training for competing in 80 Day Race, an event that starts in Paris in 2017 and would cover 40.000 kilometres in eight stages and 80 days.

STORM Pulse, specifications:
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) – 5.0 seconds
Top speed – 160 km/h
Range – 380 km
Weight (Touring) – 340 kg
Weight (Empty) – 160 kg

Powertrain:
Motor – Emrax 226
Power (Nominal) – 35kW
Power (Maximum) – 70kW
Torque (Nominal) – 120 Nm
Torque (Maximum) – 240Nm

Energy storage:
Battery technology – Lithium-ion
Capacity (Touring) – 28.5kWh
Capacity (Race) – 14.25kWh
Cartridges (Touring) – 24
Cartridges (Race) – 12
Swapping time – 7 minutes
Charging time – 8 hours
Fast charging time (0-80%) 38 minutes

Photos by Bart van Overbeeke / TU/e

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Not the first, but still great to see. I went up to 1600 km a day on my electric motorcycle with a range of 300+ miles/ close to 500 km per charge at highway speeds.

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