There has been a recent influx of electric-powered motorcycles, with brands the world over throwing their hat into the ring. The sucess of electric TTXGP earlier this month has drawn even more attention to electric motorbikes, and the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme) has announced that a new series exclusively for electric motorbikes will begin in the 2010 season.
The series is being spearheaded by Azhar Hussein, a British entrepreneur who wants to provide low emission bikes with a racing series that will promote clean, fun, and fast technology.
This is very encouraging news indeed. No matter how much the government tries to encourage green transportation, the true sucess or failure of any green venture lies in its ability to be marketed to the masses. A green racing series with such a large sponsor in the FIM will surely find an audience, and the willingness to get this series going means there is both interest and profit to be made. Motorcycles are also a natural starting place, making it much easier for start-ups and innovators to get involved. It is surely much cheaper to design an electric performance motorcycle than it is a car or any larger vehicle. There are already plenty of players in the electric motorcycle game too, so we ought to see lots of tight competition once this series gets going.
My one question; what are they going to do about longer races? These batteries take some time to charge up; are they just going to switch battery packs, or will the races all be short? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Check out the press release below.
Source: eGrand Prix
Following the success of the TTXGP race held on the Isle of Man on June 12, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. This new FIM Series will be run inside the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, a great and innovative project led by Mr Azhar Hussain a UK Entrepreneur founder of the TTXGP. The FIM Series for electric bikes will provide an international platform for the development of electric bikes and the technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. It aims at driving low-carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.
FIM President Vito Ippolito
“I am very happy to with this new Series, the future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly. We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010.”
TTXGP Founder Azhar Hussain
“With the success of the TTXGP on the Isle of Man, we have shown that zero carbon technology is ready to deliver the thrills and passion for both spectators and riders. In partnership with the FIM, we are taking the next step and proud to be pushing new frontiers in motorsports technology both on and off the track. Competition improves the breed, so we hope this new championship will come to be seen as a milestone event in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorcycling. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join the global championship and be with us at the dawn of the next generation of motorsports.”