A new electric bike is in the works and could be ready as early as the end of 2020. The engine is a joint project between SPIKE Technologies and Dohms Projects, with support from Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. and the the Dutch federation, KNMV. The battery that powers the engine was developed by SPIKE. Dohms looks at the drive and weight distribution, among other things.
“We are happy to support this project by Dohms and SPIKE,” Leon Oosterhof of Yamaha Motor Europe’s Product Planning Division said. “Because we think it is important to motivate companies and initiatives like this to boost developments in electrical technology. We are very much looking forward to testing and evaluating the prototype to understand how Dohms and SPIKE technology performs in our YZF chassis.”
“I am convinced that the electric machine we are building will soon be faster than the current generation of dirt bikes,” said Bas Verkaik of SPIKE. “The big advantage of an electric motor is that the torque is much higher. That gives more pulling power. You can drive a faster lap with it.”
“I am a big fan of motocross, the smell of petrol and the sound of crackling engines,” said Patrice Assendelft, director of the KNMV. “By supporting this project, we really don’t give up on traditional combustion engines. But we have to look to the future. Now we can still make noise. But if circuits face limitations, we need to be prepared for the future. An electric MX machine, which emits no harmful substances and makes no noise, makes practicing motocross easier.”