Wanting to create an electric motorcycle for riders by riders was the German college students Nike Albertus and Andre Look’s dream.
By designing a concept bike for dynamic road riding, the students came up with the Honda Oree .
The minimalist design is fashioned around an electric motor with radical battery packs, this is placed around the circular edge of the powerplant – including the recharge plug. Having all the bells and whistles of the performance of an electric motor, including high torque at a low revs and quick acceleration, the design does not need a CVT gearbox or clutch, instead the power is transmitted directly via belt drive.
Naked design is the best way to describe the appearance as Albertus and Look wanted the driver to be able to see the suspension working, having the rear shock visible through the frame of the front seat. The designs appearance has an exposed attitude feel, which is what is obtained from the rider’s visual aspect.
The student’s ambitious college design includes a motor of 90 plus horse power, 125 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of near 193 kmph. Weight would be an average of 290-375 lbs with a range of between 128-305 kilometres, depending on the number of batteries used.
The car industry is proclaiming it’s electric future loudly, but quietly leading the way is the bike industry. KTM is bringing an electric bike to the market by 2010, and Quantya already has an electric dirt bike, the Strada available in the market.
The latest addition to the electric bike stable is Honda with the new Vectrix Superbike concept revealed in Milan. Honda is partnering with Yuasa to add an electric bike to the 2010 line-up.
The planned electric bike will be battery-powered and emit no CO2. Yuasa and Honda will partner to develop the new lithium-ion batteries. They plan on building a manufacturing facility near Kyoto in Japan with an estimated cost of $18.5 million.
If this concept bike is anything to go on the future of electric bikes will be very exciting.
Honda's V4 Concept bike was so well received that Honda will build a motorcycle inspired by the concept in 2010. Highlighting Honda's 60th anniversary, 50th anniversary of racing, and 30th anniversary of V4 engine production, the bike will draw upon design cues from this wild concept.