DARPA Expected to Get Prototype AWD Electric Motorcycle for Future Use in Military Applications
DARPA gets all the goodies, it seems.
Electric Moto has teamed up with Advanced Automation to present a proposal for a AWD plug-in hybrid motorcycle to DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
This motorcycle, which isn’t even in the prototype stage yet, is claimed to be capable of both military and civilian use.
Electric Moto and Advanced Automation say that this AWD electric bike can be used in stealthy situations where an ICE engine is unacceptable.
On the flip side, its ICE engine means that it can be refueled quickly, even in remote areas around the globe.
Electric Moto is the manufacturer of the Dual Sport Gen 1 Electric Motorcycle and its Gen 2 successor, as well as other electric vehicles. Advanced Automation handles systems engineering and contracts with the DoD on technical services and for defense purposes.
David Tyler, vice-president of business development for Advanced Automation, stated:
“By combining the capabilities of both AAC and EMOT this advanced technology will not only significantly improve the capabilities of motorcycles in military style operations, but will also aid in many similar civil applications where internal combustion engines are not the first choice or are not able to be used.”
Now, we must wait. There’s no timeline yet for the release of this AWD plug-in bike, but we suspect that the military will thoroughly trial it first before it becomes available to the public. So, maybe a few years from now we’ll be able to buy one of these AWD two-wheelers.