Yamaha Motors Europe helped develop the new electric bike
As motorcyclists, we love the smell of burning petrol and oil.We call the vibration of an electric motor "characteristic".We revel in the epilogue.But few residents near road and motocross trails have the same feeling.As a result, many noise restrictions limit racing events or shut down the track altogether.
As emissions and noise regulations become more stringent, YamahaMotor Europe has partnered with battery maker SPIKE, electric vehicle engineering firm Dohms Projects and the Royal Dutch Society of Motorcyclists (KNMV) to develop an electric powertrain that can be mounted on the YZ250F chassis.The alliance is based in the Netherlands and brings together resources and data from a variety of areas of expertise.KNMV studied the electrical sustainability of motor racing, SPIKE developed the battery, and Dohms designed the drive and weight distribution of the bike.
For new electric off-road scooters, Dohms and SPIKE are developing an interchangeable battery system that should benefit from dedicated tracking mice.With interchangeable batteries, racers can charge other batteries while on the circuit and quickly replace them between heats.
"I firmly believe that we will soon be building electric scooters faster than the current generation of suVs," says Bas Verkaik of SPIKE."A higher motor torque is a big advantage and can generate more traction on the circuit."
While the potential of the project is undoubtedly high, the utilization of the Dutch company's existing chassis and load sharing should help to reduce development costs.We've already seen garage mechanics turn ICE suVs into electric torque monsters, and if Holland's concept adds some complexity and sustainability to hybrids, Yamaha would be welcome.
Leon Oosterhof, Product Manager for Yamaha Europe, said: "We are pleased to support this project as we believe it is vital to promote the development of electrical technology.""We are very much looking forward to testing and evaluating the prototypes to see how Dohms and SPIKE's technology will work in our YZF case."
Depending on the success of the project, perhaps we will see the addition of interchangeable battery technology to Yamaha's new electric crate motor.First, the team needs to build prototypes and test them, but if the concept photos are near the final product, we can't wait to see the results.