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Around the world in 80 days (by electric motorbike)

Around the world in 80 days (b...
The tour will see a team of 23 students ride two "Storm Wave" motorbikes a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi)
The tour will see a team of 23 students ride two "Storm Wave" motorbikes a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi)
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The bikes are fitted especially with Dunlop RoadSmart III tires
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The bikes are fitted especially with Dunlop RoadSmart III tires
The Storm World Tour was put together with the aim of showing of what electric transport can be capable of
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The Storm World Tour was put together with the aim of showing of what electric transport can be capable of
The route will start in Eindhoven before travelling through Europe, Central Asia, North America and finishing up back in Eindhoven
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The route will start in Eindhoven before travelling through Europe, Central Asia, North America and finishing up back in Eindhoven
The team will ride a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi)
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The team will ride a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi)
The bikes have lithium-ion battery packs that provide a range of 380 km (236 mi)
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The bikes have lithium-ion battery packs that provide a range of 380 km (236 mi)
Each battery pack comprises 24 separate cartridges and lays on 28.5 kWh of energy
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Each battery pack comprises 24 separate cartridges and lays on 28.5 kWh of energy
It's possible to change a full battery pack within seven minutes or to adapt a pack to reduce weight for a sportier bike configuration
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It's possible to change a full battery pack within seven minutes or to adapt a pack to reduce weight for a sportier bike configuration
The bikes are to be recharged via local power grids along the route of the journey at companies, universities or private homes
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The bikes are to be recharged via local power grids along the route of the journey at companies, universities or private homes
The tour will see a team of 23 students ride two "Storm Wave" motorbikes a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi)
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The tour will see a team of 23 students ride two "Storm Wave" motorbikes a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi)

Although electric vehicles (EVs) are always improving, range anxiety is still a barrier to going electric for many people. Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), however, are seeking to allay some of the concerns about EVs by way of an 80-day round-the-world journey on self-built electric motorbikes.

The Storm World Tour was put together with the aim of showing of what electric transport can be capable of. The route, which has been mapped out and scouted in advance, will start in Eindhoven (in the Netherlands) before travelling through Europe, Central Asia, North America and finishing up back in Eindhoven.

The tour has been two years in the making and will see a team of 23 students ride two "Storm Wave" motorbikes a distance of 26,000 km (16,155 mi). The bikes have been in development since 2014 and their quietness, efficiency and range are described as being the epitome of what EVs should be.

The route will start in Eindhoven before travelling through Europe, Central Asia, North America and finishing up back in Eindhoven
The route will start in Eindhoven before travelling through Europe, Central Asia, North America and finishing up back in Eindhoven

Indeed, they can be ridden for 380 km (236 mi) between charges. That range is made possible by lithium-ion battery packs that the students designed themselves. Each pack comprises 24 separate cartridges and lays on 28.5 kWh of energy. It's possible to change a full battery pack within seven minutes or to adapt a pack to reduce weight for a sportier bike configuration.

The bikes, which have a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph), are to be recharged via local power grids along the route of the journey at companies, universities or private homes. They are also fitted especially with Dunlop RoadSmart III tires, as research showed these to provide 82 percent more mileage potential than an average of key competitors.

The Storm World Tour will begin on Sunday, August 14th, and is due to be completed on November 2nd.

The video below provides an introduction to the Storm World Tour.

Sources: Eindhoven University of Technology, Storm Eindhoven

STORM Eindhoven: World Tour Update

1 comment
YuraG
The team decided to go around Ukraine and Russia, but through stans which does not make much sense security-wise. I hope I am wrong and all the best to those who can unglue themselves from a couch.