December 19, 2014

Electric Vehicles Renewable Energy and Storage News

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We have already talked about electric scooters and motorcycles here but one that breaks a world record on electricity was something we couldn’t pass up.

The gist, the KillaCycle is powered by a lithium ion battery pack broke the record for the electric motorbike quarter mile with 8.16 seconds and a top speed of 156 mph.

How does it work? The batteries are from A123 systems and it is powered by their 990 A123Systems Nanophosphate cells which claims to deliver more power safely than any other lithium battery packs.

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The numbers, and impressive they are, weighing in at 165 lb, sporting 375 V, 7.5 kWh battery pack, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 1.5 seconds.  A Cafe Electric Z2K Motor Controller converts the battery energy to achieve these impressive numbers and can handle currents up to 2,000 amps and 400 volts.  The engine is a Hi-Torque Electric modified 6.7 inch Model L-91 Advanced DC Motors.  The bike uses a chain transmission.

Some interesting tidbits from an environmental point of view according to the motorcycle staff:

  • The KillaCycle uses about $0.05 worth of electricity for each run down the strip. The bike only uses ~300 W-hr/mile, including the burn-out.
  • Including burn-outs, the KillaCycle could make 6 or more runs on one charge (not at max performance.)
  • The pack recharges in as little as 12 minutes. (Limited by charger. Battery can be recharged in 5 minutes.)

Another case in point that proves electric vehicles pack serious performance.  Thanks GreenCarCongress.

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