Moto-Electra, an electric motorcycle developer based in the US, announced that it has set a coast to coast world record for electric vehicles (EV) by making a trans-continental run in 3.5 days (84.5 hours).
The record’s verification is available through James Madison University personnel who monitored the ride, as well as on-board data acquisition systems. It was established using a standard motorcycle design, notes Moto-Electra, the same one being used in racing and daily driving. There was no battery swapping, and the vehicle made the entire trip under its own power.
“The motorcycle itself performed beautifully,” said team manager Brian Richardson. “The batteries were rock solid and the heat and rain were not a factor. We could have done it faster, but we wanted to be safe. If we were to do it again, we would travel farther between charges, and increase the speed a bit – something learned.”
The team gives high praise to young Will Hays, a sophomore at James Madison University. “He was exceptional,” Mr Richardson noted. “With a laptop and other equipment, this student captured data every second – things like wind speed/direction, volts, amps, temperature, GPS location/speed/elevation. If you wanted to start installing charging stations across the US, Will has the database.”
Former AMA PRO Thad Wolff rode the motorcycle for the Coast to Coast record. Thad also raced this bike successfully in the 2010 and 2011 TTXGP series.
“At the turn of the 20th century, gasoline powered vehicles were useless for long distance travel,” concluded Richardson. “There were no roads, no filling stations, and the vehicles were not dependable. Gas powered vehicles could never replace the horse for long distance travel. Fast forward 100 years, and our goal is to challenge perceptions about the useful range of electric vehicles. We did just that. I think it’s only a matter of time when charging stations will allow cross country travel by anyone with an electric vehicle.”
Earlier in the week, another motorcyclist traveled from west to east using a different style all electric motorcycle. His time was just under 6 days, according to Moto-Electra.