Inspired by a film about the first gas-powered automobile cross-country trip in 1903 – a time before gas stations and, for the most part, paved roads – the team plans to set out from the beach in Jacksonville, Florida and quietly hum their way to the Santa Monica Pier in California in about 3 days. That's about 2,500 miles along Interstate 10 at, or slightly below, the 70 mile-per-hour speed limit with an estimated 20 stops for charging and cat-napping.
The team will set out from Florida and drive to Santa Monica in about 3 days, with an estimated 20 stops for charging and cat-napping.
In the saddle will be team stalwart Thad Wolff. The former AMA Superbike racer has lots of experience with the bike, having raced it in the TTXGP and claiming 2nd place overall in the North American 2011 season. He will be supported by team principal Brian Richardson and a group of students from James Madison University who will bring along a portable generator. The general strategy is to ride for two hours, then charge for one, being careful not to tax the batteries.
The bike itself is one sweet piece of work. Built around the famous Norton featherbed design, it is powered by an air-cooled AC motor and holds a battery pack which, while somewhat old, still holds an amazing 19 or 20 kilowatt-hours of energy (most comercially-available electric motorcycles offer about half that capacity, it's more than the 16.5-kWh in the Chevy Volt). While copies are not yet officially offered for sale, the team hinted in an email that it may be a possibility in the future
You can follow the effort on the Moto Electra Facebook page where it will post plenty of photos and keep fans abreast of its progress. You can read the official press release by simply scrolling below. Godspeed.
Moto-Electra announced today that it is set to challenge the world record for electric vehicles in a cross-continent ride that is planned to cover 2,500 miles in just three days.
Blue Grass, VA -- Leader in electric motorcycle racing technology to cross the continent in a three-day 24x7 ride --
Moto-Electra announced today that it is set to challenge the world record for electric vehicles in a cross-continent ride that is planned to cover 2,500 miles in just three days. The event will begin on the beach of Jacksonville, FL, at dawn on June 3rd, 2013. Communications and media support will be provided by IceWarp, one of the team's corporate supporters.
"We will travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean using only the batteries in the vehicle," explained Brian Richardson, the manager of Moto-Electra Racing. "The event will conclude on the Santa Monica Pier in California. The race is against the clock and the motorcycle will be ridden by Thad Wolff, one of the great AMA Superbike racers of the 1980's."
The team will be making around 20 pit stops to charge the vehicle with an improvised "grid" -- a generator carried along by the support crew of James Madison University engineering students. The team intends to demonstrate the capability of the current technology.
"At the turn of the 20th century, gasoline powered vehicles were useless for long distance travel," says Mr. Richardson. "There were no roads, no filling stations, and the vehicles were not dependable. Our goal is to challenge perceptions about the useful range of electric vehicles, and set a world record in the process."
The support vehicle for the ride is outfitted with an iPad-based IceWarp Messaging Server that provides native support for iPad that includes integrated Microsoft Active Sync. The combination allows real-time communication between the team, its supporters and fans regardless of what devices they are using, as long as they are based on universal standards.
"We wish Moto-Electra every success in this challenge," said Ladislav Goc, IceWarp President. "As a company that has a decade-long innovations track record, we are honored to support a team of innovators that is rethinking the motorcycling sport technology."
Racing technology enthusiasts can send e-mails directly to Moto-Electra team at motoelectra(at)icewarp(dot)com and get high resolution pictures signed by Thad Wolff.
Moto-Electra Racing intends to re-invent the motorcycle as we know it. Started on a sheep farm in the Blue Grass Valley of Virginia, Moto-Electra Racing is developing some of the fastest electric motorcycles in the world. "You can silently accelerate to 130 mph or cruise along listening to the birds in the trees. This is an expansion of the sport of motorcycling. We invite you to visit our quiet Blue Grass Valley -- To see for yourself the future of motorsport." Brian Richardson
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