Valence Technology, a leader in lithium-iron batteries for vehicle propulsion, has provided ten of its U-Charge XP energy storage solutions for Imperial College London's student entry into the TTXGP - the world's first clean-emission motorcycle Grand Prix, to be held on the Isle of Man, UK.
The bike will be ridden by Chris Palmer, three-time race winner at the Isle of Man TT, holding the lap records for the Billown Circuit and Mountain Course for the Ultra-Lightweight TT class.
Valence shipped more than 72MWhs of energy storage solutions, equating to around 200,000 batteries, or enough to power 6,500 electric cars or 2,000 hybrid buses. More than 100 manufacturers in the automotive industry are said to be testing Valence batteries, which employ safe lithium iron magnesium phosphate chemistry.
The bike weighs 290kg and has a peak power output of 50hp, with the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 100mph. It has an impressive range of up to 150 miles. The electric motors have been mounted towards the rear, with the batteries occupying space previously occupied by the engine and fuel tank, meaning the bike benefits from a lower centre of gravity.