The incredibly advanced technology used to create this electric super racer could not only change the world of racing bikes, but also how all electric vehicles are developed.
Developed by a tiny Oregonian company, the E1pc racing bike packs 10 times the battery power of a Toyota Prius and reached a top speed of 140 mph in a practice run. The world's fastest motorcycle, BMW's S1000 RR, a gas-powered superbike, was clocked at 194.6 mph in May.
Popular Science gave an excellent explanation of how the entirely battery-powered bike works, from the inside out:
"The batteries (on the E1pc) are huge, visually dominating the bike and occupying the space traditionally reserved for an internal combustion engine. There are 10 individual lithium polymer cells that each weigh 19.5 Lbs and were hand-assembled by a company that typically builds batteries for NASA.
There are no wires connecting the batteries to the bike or any exposed terminals. Instead, posts on the batteries lock into receivers on the bike's frame, at once making the electrical connection and supporting the batteries' weight ... (allowing for) the batteries to be swapped out in just a couple of seconds."