A group of Dutch students developed the first electric motorcycle that is capable of going the long distance. The potential of sustainable electric transport will now be put to the test by making a world-round trip in what they hope to be 80 days.

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Modern-day, eco-friendly copycats of the famed fictional characher Phileas Fogg – created by Jules Verne in his novel Around the World in Eighty Days – come from the Eindhoven University of Technology. They founded the STORM team, the collective mastermind behind the creation of a rather radical STORM Pulse motorcycle. Why radical? On a single charge of its Lithium-Ion batteries, STORM Pulse is capable of traveling for up to 380 kilometers! Mind you, that is only 40 kilometers short of Tesla's Model S 85D!

The innovative modular battery pack with capacity (touring) of 28.5 kWh makes it possible for the driver to change the battery pack in less than seven minutes. It can be charged 80 percent in 38 minutes. To make it lighter and easily managable, the driver can decide to only partly use the full battery pakage during shorter rides, while during racing, the quantity and capacity of the battery pack reduces by half.

The powertrain consists of a Emrax 228 motor – manufactured by the Slovenia-based company Enstroj – producing 35 kW (maximum 70 kW) of power and 120 Nm (maximum of 240 Nm) of torque. The 160-kilogram-motorcycle can go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in five seconds and has a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour.

Dubbed „The Tesla of Motorcycles", STORM Pulse will start its fossil-fuel-free, 26,000 kilometers long journey around the world in August. Riding the most demanding routes of Europe, Asia and North America, STORM Pulse will only be charged using exisitng public charging stations.

Wishing the team best of luck!

June 23, 2016 Driving photo: STORM

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