As the summer begins to wind down, STORM Eindhoven is just beginning to gear up for their 80-day world tour, which starts in a little less than 9 days (August 14th), with their all-electric motorcycle.
From the Netherlands based Eindhoven’s University of Technology, we have the STORM Eindhoven team, which consists of 23 students, preparing for their monumental world tour, which starts on August 14th, with their second iteration of their all-electric motorcycle, the STORM Wave.
The team of students and professionals are aiming to complete the tour over the course of 80 days, 26,000 km on land (appx. 16,000 miles) and by trekking through Europe, Asia and, after sea transportation, traveling through the U.S. eventually circling back to Eindhoven. Very similar to the 80edays 2016 challenge and what Solar Impulse accomplished recently, Storm seeks to show the world that covering long distances, sustainably, is more than feasible. More specifically, they state that the purpose of this project is…
To show people all over the globe the beauty of e-mobility, the STORM Wave will solely be powered by the existing electricity grid. This endeavor is the ultimate proof of concept for both our motorcycle and electric mobility as a whole
Their touring version of the STORM Wave, succeeding from their initial STORM Pulse prototype, is powered by a 28.5 kWh battery pack capable of around 380 km (236 miles), making one of the biggest, if not the biggest electric motorcycle battery pack.
They are touting that with their modular, and swappable, batteries, a ‘recharge’ will only take about 7 minutes when exchanging the empty battery pack for a full one. Conversely, when they have to stop to plug-in and charge using the existing electrical grid provided by their partners, dubbed ‘STORM Grid’, it’ll take approximately 8 hours, or 38 minutes with their fast charging system (which we have little information about).
Other specifications that might be of interest are that it accelerates 0-100 kmh (roughly 0-60 mph) in 5 seconds, a top speed of 160 kmh (100 mph), a max output of 70 kw (100 HP) from the motor and max torque of about 240 nm (177 lb. ft). You can take a look at Zero Motorcycles, another popular all-electric bike, to compare specs. While only a prototype, it’s fairly impressive.
If you would like to keep up with their journey along the way, and perhaps attempt to catch a glimpse of them, you can find their order of stops on the world tour schedule.