Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Eva Håkansson’s ElectroCat. Because petrol is ‘so last century…’


Eva, with the ElectroCat. Yup, this is the future...

A member of the KillaCycle racing team, the Sweden-based Eva Håkansson is, according to her own website, ‘a hardcore EV geek with a green heart and passion for power and speed.’ Yeah, well…

Ms Håkansson owns what she’s named the ElectroCat, Sweden’s first all-electric street legal motorcycle. Eva believes that petrol is very ‘last century,’ and has converted a 1990 Cagiva Freccia C12R to run on battery power. The bike’s two-stroke 125cc petrol engine has been replaced with an electric motor, a controller and batteries.

Built by Eva and her Dad, Sven, the ElectroCat is fitted with a Mars ETEK-RT permanent magnet DC motor, which is capable of 72V and 300-350A. This motor, which is fed by lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, pumps out around 7.5kW. The batteries take about seven hours to get fully charged, after which they’re good for 80km, provided you don’t go faster than 70km/h.

The ElectroCat, which weighs 165 kilos, is currently geared for a top speed of 100km/h, though that can be increased at the expense of acceleration. We’ve written about various electric bikes on this site over the last few months, and it does seem that these e-bikes are getting better gradually. Will electric bikes ultimately replace conventional petrol-engined bikes someday? In the next 10-15 years, you bet!

Also see:
TTX01: The 200km/h electric sportsbike...
UK study says women like big, noisy engines...
Greenfly: The LPG-powered motorcycle...
DTC: Taming the Ducati 1198S' power...
Quantya: Electric bikes go mainstream in the US...
Petrol-Hydrogen hybrid Kawasaki ZX-10R...
Fuel-cell powered mopeds, anyone?
Batteries and fuel cells not your style? What about air-powered engines then?

Elsewhere today:
Is this what the 2010 Honda VFR1000 going to look like...?
A treadmill bike, anyone...?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I went to her website and read the articles. Her passion, her intelligence, her education and achievements are all outstanding. Thank you for your contribution to the state of the art. I have just one thing to say - fix your hair!

Anonymous said...

The truth is that I have use for one of those...I spend 8 hours at the office, which is 14km from my home, and I use a petrol powered 125cc when in town...so,if she asks a reasonable price for this contraption, I´m buying it.