In 2014, a group of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology set a clear goal to ride around the world in 80 days on an electric motorcycle to show the world what electric vehicles were capable of. Since a suitable motorcycle to undertake such a tour didn’t exist yet, the Dutch students decided to entirely develop it by themselves. A revolutionary vehicle was the result: 400 km range from a self-developed swappable and modular battery pack. After completing the 80-day world tour late 2016, the unique knowledge and experience gained in this project was made commercial by founding the spinoff SPIKE Technologies. SPIKE aims to accelerate the transition towards safe & clean mobility by designing & developing high quality powertrain components for electric vehicles. Among these components are SPIKE’s battery solutions, that distinguish themselves due to their safety, performance and lifetime, while they can be produced very cost-efficiently due to their unique design. Until now, SPIKE has supported in the development of a wide variety of electric vehicles and recently established its own battery production facility in the Netherlands.
In his talk, Bas Verkaik will explain the complex design decisions that had to be made in developing the electric motorcycle and they now have to make every day to cope with the rapidly changing developments in the electric vehicle market.