The technology behind the MotoCzysz E1pc isn't just the future for motorcycles, it's the future of electric vehicles. When you have 10x the battery power of a Prius and 2.5x the torque of a Ducati it's easy to see why.
Michael Czysz, the man behind the machine, has made the MotoCzysz E1pc so advanced that every component in the E1pc - from its motor to its battery packs to even its aerodynamics - are all new and class-leading. The battery, obviously key in any electric vehicle, is connected without wires and thus can be easily swapped out in seconds. The batteries are hand assembled by a company that typically develops for NASA and its electric motor runs at nearly 500 volts which is powerful enough to turn a wrench into molten metal "in a flash". The motor, called "D1g1tal Dr1ve", offers a virtually direct connection between the throttle and rear wheel, which allows it to be nastily fast for an electric motorcycle.
How fast? During practice this week:
[The E1pc]reached a top speed of 140 MPH-besting its closest electric competitor's 102 MPH. The E1pc also clocked a 94.6 MPH lap, tantalizingly close to the 100 MPH goal. Yes, it completed that lap. But that's not the amazing thing; the E1pc ran that time while using, on average, less than 40 percent of its throttle and crossed the finish line with, according to Czysz, with "plenty in reserve."
The MotoCzysz E1pc is set to race this week in the 60km of twists and turns that is the Isle of Man TT, a race that is designed to break motorcycles and its riders and if completed gives a motorcycle instant credibility. We're not kidding, the Isle of Man TT is so tough that 227 people have died in its 91-race history.
But if all goes to plan, and hopefully it will, we'll see no deaths at the race and instead witness the birth of the future of electric vehicles. [PopSci]