Wednesday, January 2


University of Denver engineering graduate student Eva Håkansson pushed her home-built electric sidecar motorcycle "KillaJoule" to just over 216 mph (347 km/h) , while setting a new world record for electric sidecar bikes at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats. The top speed comes achingly close to the fastest record ever set with an internal combustion engine for a bike of that type: 219 mph (352 km/h).

KillaJoule derives its considerable power from a 375 volt, 1800 amp, 214 lb. (97 kg) battery pack, constructed from 1210 cordless tool cells manufactured by A123Systems. The bike also sports an AC motor made by EVO Electric, Ltd. and in its current configuration, its electric drive package provides 250 horsepower.

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