Electric bikes are the future of biking not just for daily commuters but for the racing tracks as well and a team of students at the University of Twente has unveiled the Delta-XE, an electric superbike that offers a design similar to any other gas-powered superbike.
Delta-XE is designed and developed by university students that are part of the Electric Superbike Twente program which is focused to design an electric bike that can “achieve MotoGP lap times with a fully electric superbike.”
Delta-XE claims a total power output of 150 kilowatts that generates energy from the custom permanent-magnet AC motor and a 13.5 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack that contains 576 battery cells. The total-setup is controlled by a Cascadia MotionPM150DZR controller.
Delta-XE prototype is claimed to achieve a top speed of 300 km/h and it can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than three seconds and it hits the 200 km/h mark in under nine seconds.
The tubular steel chassis of the bike is designed by Dutch firm Bakker Framebouw and features a trellis design mated to a conventional double-sided swingarm. The front suspension of the vehicle are controlled by an upside-down front fork from CeraCarbon Racing featuring an Öhlins cartridge setup with ceramic-reinforced carbon stanchions.
An Öhlins TTX GP monoshock handles the work out back and special HEL Performance monoblock calipers control the binders on Marchesini aluminum front and PVM magnesium rear rims.
The internals of the bike are wrapped inside a carbon-fiber body with an impressive graphic treatment all over the bike that hides the electric motor and gives the Delta-XE an appearling MotoGP-like superbike look.
The total weight of the electric superbike in 485 pounds.
The next plan for the designers is to make its prototype to achieve its target of MotoGP lap times and enter its new superbike to events sanctioned by the Electric Road Racing Association.
Source: University of Twente