MotoCzysz Introduces Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve

Modern ICE sportbike design consists of an engine paired to a frame to create a load-bearing structure and power plant with the least amount of weight possible. Try to throw this design philosophy out the window when digesting what Michael Czysz has designed in the MotoCzysz Electric D1g1tal Dr1ve system (eDD or “suitcase”). The eDD is a platform to build your vision of an electric motorcycle. Add the swingarm of your choice and fabricate a structure to connect front suspension and rear shock to the MotoCzysz “suitcase”. But whatever you do, do not hang the eDD off a GSXR rolling chassis. Michael will personally come out, refund your 42,500 32,000 (after $10,000 sponsorship) and take his electric drive platform back to Oregon. Actually I’m sure he would be happy to have your money but you’d be missing the point.

Michael Czysz designed the eDD around electric technology, not internal combustion. Czysz is a rare combination of motorcycle racer, visionary and designer. His motorcycles don’t build on existing technology; they start from scratch with a “clean sheet” design. MotoCzysz has taken some hard falls in the last few years but that’s what happens when your nature is “go big.” Displacement rule changes in MotoGP kept the groundbreaking and promising C1 from competing and the electric e1pc 3 motored monster suffered motor melt down at the 2009 TTXGP. Both machines are motorcycles designed to go fast around a circuit and inspire enthusiasts with beauty and purposeful engineering.

Czysz will be back on the Isle for 2010 with a faster more refined electric race bike. However, he will be there to do more than win. This year’s e1pc will showcase a fully integrated electric drive solution, a platform for your vision of an electric motorcycle. The “eDD” consists of 8 Lithium Polymer battery packs, 1 oil cooled AC internal permanent magnet motor and 350 Amp sealed controller all attached to a load bearing, rigid frame or “suitcase”. The battery packs are quick release, wireless units that facilitate a hot-swap during a pit stop. To keep things wireless, the battery packs have built-in monitors that communicate data via infrared to the d1g1tal Vehicle Management System (DVMS). The chemistry of the batteries has not been disclosed, however, given the fact that the 2009 e1pc had 10 battery packs on the frame and 2 in the tail section, I speculate Czysz found a smaller, higher energy density cell to use in the 8 packs of the eDD.

With the eDD, MotoCzysz brings a new spin to race teams looking to compete in the three electric motorcycle race series in 2010. Mavizen and CRP, which have similar drive trains in two very different chassis, are complete ready-to-race electric motorcycles. The eDD, on the other hand, requires some fabrication to build the race bike you imagine using the suitcase as the heart. (In the future MotoCzysz will offer a “front-end-sub-frame” as an option) The Mavizen and CRP designs are very similar to the TTXGP winning Team Agni X01 so a team can be confident in the reliability of the bikes. However, the MotoCzysz solution has a lot more power and flexibility for teams looking to spec their own wheels, suspension and geometry. In fact, the eDD may be a great solution for teams looking to build a feet forward bike as TTXGP’s rules allow. I’m not sure Mr. Czysz would approve but how about a reverse trike? Many things are possible now that MotoCzysz has brought us modular motorcycle design.

At this point you may be thinking the suitcase bikes will send the rest of the field packing. Don’t make the same mistake everyone did last year and assume big power is going to ensure victory. Today’s battery technology means efficiency and smart energy management are the key. I will explore the positives and negatives of the Suitcase versus the Mavizen and CRP bikes in a follow-up article. I would love to hear you thoughts on this in the comments below. Stay tuned.

See the MotoCzysz Press release below for more information and specs.

MotoCzysz offers the eMoto2 solution

MotoCzysz power, your imagination
Class leading, electric drive systems are rapidly moving beyond the resources available to individuals and small teams, but the vision and ability to build a next generation e motorcycle has not. With the MotoCzysz eDD system an individual or team can use their imagination and build a highly competitive proprietary race bike or utilize parts from a donor bike to build the electric motorcycle of their dreams.

The MotoCzysz LQ (liquid cooled) IPM (internal permanent magnet) 75kW/100hp electric motor is one of the highest torque/density motors in the industry (250+ft/lbs/340+Nm continuous 77lbs/35kg). The IPM solution generates more torque while being more efficient than any comparably sized AC induction motor. The MotoCzysz patent pending cooling system elevates the motor’s nominal power output closer to the motor’s peak power output. The MotoCzysz motor can deliver a continuous 75kW (100hp) and is 93% efficient under continuous heavy load (140C). The motor is available to accommodate either right or left hand chain drive.
The MotoCzysz LQ 240V 85kW Controller is specifically optimized for the motor, in both function and packaging. Accepting 240V and 350+ amps the sealed Controller contains ALL the high voltage components and plugs directly into the motor, resulting in a nearly completely wireless (high voltage) system. The Controller receives battery motor and rider command data and adjusts current accordingly. The Controller software has multiple embedded maps for setting or customizing functions like torque contouring and overall power settings.

Batteries, ESS
MotoCzysz is currently the only EV manufacturer utilizing a functioning ‘hot swap’ battery solution and the MotoCzysz eDD system incorporates the latest generation. The new D1g1tal battery pack utilizes high density, high discharge LiPo (Lithium Polymer) cells. Each pack is embedded with monitoring capability that sends vital data wirelessly via IR (infrared) to a DVMS (d1g1tal Vehicle Management System) and ultimately to the Controller. Additionally, each battery pack houses an LED display that indicates the overall pack as well as individual cell group data.

Each MotoCzysz (patent pending) D1g1tal Battery pack weighs less than 18lbs and effortlessly “snaps” into the “suitcase” chassis. The “suitcase” holds 8 battery packs for a total ESS (energy storage system) of 10kWh.

MotoCzysz has designed the “suitcase” chassis to optimize the ESS mass location and vehicle’s overall on board energy density. The chassis accommodates virtually any modern double sided swingarm from a 1,000cc motorcycle. The suitcase also ships with a matching top plate for the mounting/fabrication of a new or existing front end.

Complete Electrical D1g1tal Dr1ve System W/ 10kWh ESS $42,500*
(motor, controller, suitcase chassis, 8 battery packs)

Complete Electrical D1g1tal Dr1ve System W/O ESS $24,500
(motor, controller, suitcase chassis)

Contact to order.

* Fill the Grid: $32,500
In an effort to support and assist electric racing around the world, MotoCzysz and their partners have developed the “Fill the Grid” program. The first 15 teams to purchase an eDD systems for competition will receive a $10,000 MotoCzysz sponsorship. The sponsorship reduces the cost of the complete eDD system to $32,500. We believe in and support electric solutions as a way to preserve what is very important to us- RACING.

Be a MotoCzysz factory supported team and Fill the Grid.

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    on March 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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  2. Written by Stephen McCormack
    on March 12, 2010 at 5:45 am

    It looks fabulous but is so expensive.. if only there could be a version available for EV bike conversion people for normal use. At a glance, I reckon this would delivery about 150 miles of range with normal driving (maybe more).
    Please MotoCzysz, consider doing a Vectrix-type commuter with this technology – we need you and you probably need it too….


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