Is there a better name for an electric bike than Storm Pulse? The students at the University of Eindhoven certainly don’t seem to think so.
They have built a revolutionary electric bicycle that will be travelling round the planet in 80 days in 2016, using only renewable resources along the way. The bike was revealed to the world at the recent Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Bordeaux.
The Storm Pulse works by using battery packs that can be taken out and swapped for fresh ones when they run out, meaning that there is no need to wait for it to be topped up before starting off again.
236 Miles of Battery Power
The stats for the Pulse show that it takes a little under 5 seconds for it to reach 60mph from a standing start. The battery pack is said to give 236 miles of driving juice before it needs to be taken out and replaced. Among the smart technology used on it is the gearbox that automatically adjusts at cruising speed to give the best possible performance in terms of efficiency.
The goal of the students at the University of Eindhoven is to prove that it is possible to travel long distance with electric vehicles without range anxiety. 30 students spent a year and a half designing and building the Pulse. They don’t have long to wait long now to see whether it is capable of getting around the world in just 80 days.
Do you think that electric vehicles could be the future of driving or not?