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Renewable Electron Economy News: Electric Motorcycle Racing Comes to the Isle of Man July 12, 2009

Posted by Michael Hoexter in Green Transport, News and Events.
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The winning bike of the first TTXGP, Team Agni's all electric carried 12 kWh of lithium batteries.  A number of well-financed startups apparently had bikes in the race as well but at the moment the field of electric motorcycle fabrication is wide open to garage-based teams.  One should expect rapid progress in this field in the next few years.

The winning bike of the first TTXGP, Team Agni's all electric carried 12 kWh of lithium phosphate batteries. A number of well-financed startups apparently had bikes in the race as well but at the moment the field of electric motorcycle fabrication is still wide open to garage-based teams.

Thanks to the reporting of Dexter Ford of the New York Times, we learn about the growing interest in electric motorcycle fabrication and racing.   At the fabled Isle of Man racing circuit there was this year a one lap (37.73 mile) electric motorcycle race won by Team Agni, which mounted its own motors on a Suzuki sport bike chassis combined with 12 kWh of lithium polymer batteries.   The winning bike averaged 87.4 mph through a course with hairpin turns, narrow roads as well as straightaways.  By contrast the fastest circuit on a conventional motorcycle was this year an average of 131 mph.

Apparently, the Isle of  Man has great symbolic importance in the motorcycle racing world as there are every year conventionally powered motorcycle races there on the same circuit called the TT or Tourist Trophy.  The new race sanctioned by the official motorcycle racing body FIM, is called the TTXGP and the organizers are petitioning for the FIM to sanction a series of electric motorcycle races for 2010.

Electric motorcycles have already made a mark on motorcycle drag racing with the advent a couple years ago of the Killacycle which using A123 lithium phosphate batteries achieves 0-60mph in 0.97 seconds.    The Killacycle achieved a world record for an electric vehicle for the quarter mile of 7.8 seconds with a speed at the end of 174 mph in October of last year.

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