Around the world in 80 days – fuel free
/ CAN THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY BE ELECTRIC? STUDENTS OF THE EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE NETHERLANDS BELIEVE SO. THEY SET OUT TO PROVE IT WITH THEIR STORM PROJECT: DESIGNING, BUILDING AND RIDING THE WORLD’S FIRST ELECTRIC TOURING MOTORCYCLE.
The initial STORM challenge was to develop two motorcycles which could store large amounts of easily-rechargeable energy. The STORM Pulse prototype was further developed into the STORM Wave, which uses an interchangeable, modular battery pack containing a staggering 2,592 battery cells. ERIKS Electrical and Mechanical Drives produced four aluminum pulleys (two for each motor), with a precisely engineered groove for the belt drive.
ERIKS Sealing and Polymer Technology sponsored a battery pack to cover hundreds of kilometers. After more than two years of development, the students then undertook to ride STORM Wave 23,000 kilometers around the world, in 80 days, without local emissions.
The STORM World Tour started on August 14th 2016 in Eindhoven city center. It went on to cover 23,000 overland kilometers: through Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria to Turkey, then through Central Asia from Iran to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. After air transportation, the team made a 30-day tour through the United States, from Washington State to California, south to New Mexico and Texas then north again to Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.
Throughout the journey, STORM consumed no fossil fuels and created zero emissions
Exactly 80 days later, on November 2nd, 2016 the bike and team arrived safely back at the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology. By involving companies, households and educational institutes in recharging the batteries, the team shared the experience of electric mobility with the world – creating the STORM GRID worldwide network of plug-in locations. Throughout the journey, STORM recharged its batteries using only the existing electricity grid, consumed no fossil fuels and created zero emissions. The students’ journey proves that through sustainability, all our impacts can be positive ones. ERIKS is proud to have played a part in this journey.
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