Dutch students take the world by STORM
Around the world in 80 days, that’s what 23 students from Eindhoven University of Technology set out to do on the world’s first electric motorbike. The touring bike, dubbed STORM WAVE, arrives back in Eindhoven this afternoon after a 26,000-kilometre trip that took them across Europe, Asia and the US.
Image: STORM World Tour
The world tour began with STORM WAVE departing from the centre of the city of light on Sunday 14 August after two years of preparation. The whole route through the northern hemisphere was mapped out day-by-day. The aim of the trip is to show how far electric vehicles can go. The motorbike has a top speed of 160 km/h and can ride 380 kilometers before needing to be recharged. The battery packs, designed by the students themselves, can also be replaced by a fully charged battery pack within seven minutes. The batteries consist of 24 separate cartridges which hold up to 28.5 kWh energy.
Every day the motorbike's batteries were charged via the local power grid, at companies, universities or private homes – together making up the ‘STORM Grid’. On the way, the students took part all kinds of events to draw attention to the potential of electric mobility. For instance the STORM team were present at the signing of the Smart Cities deal between the Netherlands and California. They also travelled through countries where people have never seen an electric vehicle before like Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazachstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Future of transport
The team will be greeted by former prime minister Jan-Peter Balkenende as the project’s ambassador. The STORM challenge hopes to show what the future of transport looks like - quiet, efficient and with sufficient range.