Electric Can-Am Spyder Concept Boasts Range Of 105 Miles

AUG 9 2016 BY MARK KANE 16

The CTA presented its all-electric concept versions of Can-Am Spyder at EVS 29 recently.

Can-Am Spyder Electric Concept Vehicle

Can-Am Spyder Electric Concept Vehicle

The Can-Am Spyder Electric Concept Vehicle is a three-wheeled motorcycle, equipped with a 16 kWh battery, good for about 170 km (106 miles) of range.

The conventional petrol version has been manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products since 2007, and in 2015 total sales exceeded 100,000, so there is some potential to sell an all-electric version.

Despite that, there is no current announcement about whether the all-electric Can-Am Spyder will enter production, but who knows this concept debut might spur production?

According to the video Can-Am Spyder Electric Concept Vehicle is equipped with:

  • 50 kW, 200 Nm electric motor (PMSM), which revs to 6,500 rpm (liquid cooled)
  • single-speed transmission
  • lithium-ion batteries (up to 17 kWh), 170 Wh/kg, which are passively cooled using phase change material (PCM)

“In December 2010, the CTA started the development of an electric hybrid concept vehicle. The evolution of the project has led to this fully functional 100% electric concept vehicle that can achieve a range of 170 km with zero emissions and without compromising performance with respect to gas-powered models. At the heart of this concept lies a CTA-patented 16 kW/h battery pack that is available for potential new clients.

The CTA is at the heart of innovation, and the cooperation between the Université de Sherbrooke and BRP is an unparalleled asset in research and development projects. Over 20 post-graduate students participated in this nearly-5-year $11.3M project.”

“The project was supported financially by the Automotive Partnership Canada  program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, InnovÉÉ and BRP.”

Pascal Ranger, the CTA’s general manager said:

“We are very proud to show this electric concept vehicle during the most highly acclaimed symposium in the electric drive industry. The CTA’s expertise is focused on vehicle electrification, mechatronics, lightweighting, connectivity as well as noise and vibration management. We adopt a predictive engineering approach to reduce development costs and time for our clients.”

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Oh look, another three wheeler…

no no ,these bikes are allready selling a gas version (a lot),this is no small company ,they make air planes for pete sake!

Actually, and unfortunately – the BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) which used to be part of Bombardier, Inc, and makes these as well as the Snow Mobiles, and Water Craft, is now a separate company – wholly owned by the family, and separate from the publicly held Bombardier Company – of which includes the Manufacture of Trains (Both Powered, and Basic Coaches, Subway, and standard Rail, and recently – both turbine and I believe, are testing Battery Electric Trams now too); and Planes (From Lear Jet, to Global Express, from Regional Jet, to C – Series, to Dash 8 Q400), and I can therefore no longer get an employee discount when I buy them since they are not part of my employers company anymore! However, they USED to be!

Yes, please make this ASAP.

Why struggle, to be alone?

If you think this is something, Airbus is now working on autonomous electric vertical takeoff/landing urban air taxis. It’s called the Vahana project. They plan to have one ready next year.

I believe – THIS is what you are refering to:
“The single-passenger vehicle is being developed by A3, Airbus’s Silicon Valley outpost, under Project Vahana, launched in February. A team of internal and external developers have agreed on a vehicle design, and the prototype is scheduled to fly at the end of 2017, according to Airbus Group magazine Forum.”

“The CityAirbus concept is being developed by Airbus Helicopters, [https://www.airbushelicopters.ca/] which has completed a feasibility study with a favorable conclusion, Forum said. The multi-passenger vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) vehicle would use electric propulsion and multiple ducted propellers. CityAirbus would be piloted initially, switching to fully autonomous operations once regulations are in place.”

“We are the Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus Group, the parent of Airbus (the leading maker of large commercial aircraft), Airbus Helicopters (the world’s largest supplier of civil helicopters), and Airbus Defense & Space (which makes satellites, drones, and military aircraft, and provides cyber defense capabilities). The mission of Airbus Group is to make things that fly. Our aim is to define the future of flight.”

“We believe that the future is created through episodic disruption with intervening periods of incremental innovation. Our mission is to build the future of flight now, by disrupting Airbus Group and its competitors before someone else does.”

“We solve big problems by employing world-class experts and by developing fertile partnerships. Our projects are built on rigorous analysis, novel insights, and commitment to unreasonable goals. We fly in the face of risk and deliver with maximum speed. We are A³ by Airbus Group.”

“Airbus Group says it is developing the CityAirbus, an autonomous air taxi for individual passenger and cargo transport, scheduled to fly late next year.”

Short on details but big on novelty. I hope we get some more specifications/pics. Thanks for posting the links. Another important aerospace EV is the Sun Flyer, an electric trainer set to revolutionize flight training by really taking the cost down. http://www.sunflyer.com/

Fantastic, but curious why they used such a small battery pack and such a small motor when they had so much space to work with – and since it’s much larger and heavier than a two-wheeler.
Compare to the Zero motorcycle at 65 kW and 16 kWh on two wheels. I would have imagined that they would have started with a 100 kW motor and closer to a 20 kWh battery pack.

My thoughts exactly. Lots of room for a bigger battery. And the extra weight needs a more powerful motor.

It’s a snowmobile with wheels.

Absolutely not interested.

170km range at what speed? Aerodynamics are motorcycle-like (read — fairly bad compared to cars).
For example, Zero S/SR motorcycles get pretty much exactly half the range at city stop & go riding vs. 70mph freeway speeds… (80 vs. 161mi) .

When I read the “Can-Am Spyder Concept” headline, I got a semi!
Then I watched the video to see a bloody three wheeler!
I’d like to know what the person who wrote the headline was sniffing when they some how confused a trike with a Can-Am Spyder!

Good Point Eric!