The Bonneville Salt Flats can mean only one thing: speed. For 2013 that time has come again, when motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and engine displacements come together for the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. The event started Saturday, Aug. 24 and continues until Thursday, Aug. 29. Over the course of six days, purpose-built motorcycles ranging […]
KillaJoule, World’s Fastest Electric Sidecar, Achieves 212 MPH – Video
Bill Dube and Eva Håkansson can be considered pioneers of sorts when it comes to electric motorcycles, and now they’ve entered the record books yet again, as Eva successfully achieved an astounding average run of 212.040 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a new record for electric motorcycles.
You might recognize the husband and wife pair of mechanical engineers from their drag racing exploits, as Bill is the man behind the all-electric KillaCycle, which has eclipsed the quarter-mile in well under eight seconds. Eva first made her mark on the e-bike world with the ElectroCat, a 1990 Cagiva Freccia C12R converted to battery power, which became the first electric motorcycle to finish the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in 2010.
Their latest exploit is this, the KillaJoule, a streamlined electric motorcycle sidecar. In reality, the term “sidecar” is used only because of its third wheel, which Bill and Eva say provides the stability of a car. Otherwise, the KillaJoule has the frontal area of a streamlined car.
Buried inside the tig-welded steel frame are 1888 lithium-ion nanophosphate cells, providing 400 volts, 15 kWh, and weighing 350 lbs. It may sound heavy, but it’s offset by being able to pump out a maximum of 1000 hp, or 400 hp continuously. It also produces 800 ft.-lbs. of torque available whenever you want it, whether its at 0 mph or 200 mph.
Now that the pair have the electric sidecar record, they want to go after the overall record, which is only 224 mph. Bill and Eva predict this should be easily achievable, as the record-breaking 212 mph run was made using only half of the available battery power.
Check out the video below to learn more about the husband and wife pairing and the thinking that went into the KillaJoule.