Meet The Long-Range Storm Pulse Electric Motorcycle

JUN 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 27

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

The STORM team from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, has developed the first touring electric motorcycle – the STORM Pulse.

It’s equipped with a huge 28.5 kWh battery, which enables up to 380 km (236 miles) of electric range – something that is highly appreciated when you are also planning for a 40,000 km journey around the world in 80 days.

“STORM Eindhoven’s mission is to develop an electric motorcycle to show the world the potential of sustainable mobility.

The team envisions sustainable transportation is the way to go, and convince the world of this by letting everyone experience it up close. Therefore, in summer 2016, the team will race around the world in 80 days, gaining energy by visiting its supporters. With your help, we will ride further than any electric vehicle has done before. “

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

The battery pack consist of swappable modules with 18650 lithium-ion cells. Changing the battery takes just 7 minutes, but you can also charge it in eight hours (on normal L2) or 38 minutes fast (to 80%).

With a 70 kW electric motor, and 240 Nm of torque, the STORM Pulse can accelerate to 100 km/h in 5 seconds. Top speed stands at 160 km/h (100 mph).

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

Facts & Figures

General

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)5.0 seconds
Top speed160 km/h
Range380 km
Length2170 mm
Wheelbase1540 mm
Height1480 mm
Width760 mm
Weight (Touring)340 kg
Weight (Empty)160 kg

Chassis

MainframeSelf-developed aluminium sheet frame

Thanks to: Soltech Fijnmetaal
Front suspensionHossack

Thanks to: CoMaTech and Innometaal
Rear suspensionDouble swingarm

Thanks to: AMT Group
DampingCustom shock absorbers

Thanks to: TFX Suspension
Front tyreRoadsmart II (120/70)

Thanks to: Dunlop Motorcycle
Rear tyreRoadsmart II (190/55)

Thanks to: Dunlop Motorcycle
STORM Pulse

STORM Pulse

Powertrain

MotorEmrax 228

Thanks to: Enstroj
Power (Nominal)35 kW
Power (Maximum)70 kW
Torque (Nominal)120 Nm
Torque (Maximum)240 Nm
TransmissionSmeshgear

Thanks to: Smesh

Energy storage

Battery technologyLithium-ion
Format18650
FixturePhase Change Material (PCC)
CasingAluminium

Thanks to: Sapa Extrusion
Capacity (Touring)28.5 kWh
Capacity (Race)14.25 kWh
Cartridges (Touring)24
Cartridges (Race)12
Swapping time7 minutes
Charging time8 hours
Fastcharging time (0-80%)38 minutes

 

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27 Comments on "Meet The Long-Range Storm Pulse Electric Motorcycle"

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An ambitious project … but I am not sure if this monstrosity is really doing the cause of electric motorcycles a favour …

Wow this is awesome. How does it fast charge? Ccs? Chademo? Seems like it can utilise the regular European charging network. It looks a bit lumpy bit somehow still interesting. I like it!

It says 0 to 80% in 38 minutes.

Sorry, you said how. Even their website does not list that, but my guess it’s CCS.

At least it proves the concept of a longer range bike is doable,

They just need to make it more palatable now with better looks.

It looks like about a 30% battery improvement would help the packaging a whole lot.

380 km / 230 miles is “enough” for many people.

Packaging will only improve as battery technology improves.

This is a demonstration to show that long distance transit is feasible with an electric motorcycle. In full touring configuration the motorcycle is quite heavy, but as with packaging this will improve as batteries improve.

Yup, the range is plenty. It is more a question of fitting it a little better to the rider, like getting the packs closest to the rider narrow enough to fit between the rider’s knees.

In the video, it looks like the rider is much further to the rear of the bike than traditional bikes, and it doesn’t look like there is much knee space. A ~30% narrower pack could make the difference between the rider being behind the packs, and putting their knees around the outside of the pack.

The lower set of batteries also seems to hang out a bit too much, limiting lean angle on hard cornering. Sort of like the old BMW boxer engines which were infamous for scraping the ground if you leaned it to hard in corners. Again, about a 30% narrower pack at the bottom would help cornering clearance.

Looks more like a sports touring bike than a real long distance touring bike. It would probably make a good police motorcycle but I wouldn’t want to ride it cross country. My legs use to cramp up really bad riding my Concourse from Texas to Colorado, I think I would have the same problem with this bike.

My Harley Road King was much more comfortable for long distance. I don’t think you could tempt me with an electric motorcycle that didn’t have a low slung seat like the Road King. Also the cruise control on the Road King was a real blessing on long trips.

Some of us think that a Sportster is quite sufficient for touring the I-95 region. Even without cruise control.

But about this bike? It looks top-heavy.
Raking the front fork out a couple of degrees would probably reduce twitch and improve handling.

A couple of degrees? Whoah. They are trying to make a touring motorcycle which will travel the I-95… and the rest of the world – which has bends in it. When is a Sportster not a sportster? When it’s a Harley. No-one else would ever call a bike with the 1.5 inches of shock travel and the ground clearance of a filing cabinet a ‘sports’ anything.

Well, it’s a start at least. I’m sure it can be optimized further

Interesting on the swappable battery modules. I have fun little electric scooter at home. The 36v 10.5ah (3 SLA in series) batteries went bad. On a whim, I hooked up 2 Ryobi 18v 4ah lithium power tool batteries in series. Remarkably, they powered me about 4 miles. I’m in the process of mounting the Ryobi 6 battery capacity charger on the back rack and rewiring it from bring a charger to just to holding 3 sets of batteries in series. For every 2 batteries I can go an additional 4 miles. Totally modular. I can carry whatever batteries I might need.Charge them at my desk, etc. And still have them around for all the cordless power tools I have. Too bad cars don,t have small 50lb modules you can just install for longer trips,etc. Or carry extra ones for those just in case times. Load them on a slide rail in the trunk even with a cable that will access the power.

+1

“Too bad cars don,t have small 50lb modules you can just install for longer trips,etc.”

You’d need to install a “small” 50 pound module every 10 miles.

Every hour you would need to stop and load / unload 700 pounds of batteries.

Better Place and Tesla have both shown that this idea is a non-starter.

Woops, 350 pounds every hour. Or more, if driving faster than 70.

Doesn’t seem like that’d take off..

It’s not that you replace those batteries. It’s the idea that you don’t have to. Given a choice between driving out to swap station and paying lot more than charging at home or at DCFC, most will opt for charging. But if swap is the only option available (ie, no gas cars, no chargers), it could be an attractive option as the ONLY option.

This is why FCV will also fail; it’s essentially battery swap on BEV but at much higher cost. Unless gas cars and BEV are banned, FCV isn’t economically sound.

“Look, I’ve invented a petrol car!” “That’ll never take off. It will only do 9 mph and besides you would need petrol stations everywhere.” “Good point. I’ll get my horse.”

If they could drop 2-4 of those packs the weight would be a lot better distributed.

I like it. They’ve done a remarkable job.

I guess it’s a prototype.

I wonder what the braking distance Will be with 340 kilograms. Even achter two years of Volt driving I am not fully accustomed with weight of the car and the braking distance it needs

The idea of being able to adjust the number battery modules to fit your driving needs is innovative. Hard to combine with active cooling though and there are no indications Storm is using it so maybe they are using some sort of low energy density chemistry? The high energy density 18650’s Tesla uses definitely need active cooling…

Terry Hershner has already done 300 miles at 70 mph on his electric motorcycle. So saying this is the first is false. In fact, this site did an article on this accomplishment already. http://insideevs.com/electric-terry-hershner-rides-300-miles-on-zero-motorcycle-on-one-charge/
Doing a “round the wold in 80 days” while using swappable batteries means that you would need a support vehicle travelling with you to carry the spare batteries. That is not what most people think of when they hear someone rode around the world.

What do you think of swapping batteries?

As a gimmick it’s ok, but in reality not very practical at all.

Terrible looking monster …. Not sure what they were thinking in otherwise good effort.

The acceleration is very sloooow for a bike …. My 25 year old 250 can easily match that and that is a problem for this kind of bikes who are generally bought for pleasure of speed and handling over cars.

If you could change individual battery modules, then the separate cells might be a novel idea when you were drained. Go into a Starbucks for coffee and charge one of the cells up enough to get you home. Having the loud music through the whole video was a dumb idea. One of the cool aspects of an electric bike is the calm and quite while riding it.