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LMC powers Gloriana in the Queens Jubilee see link below to short article in the drives and control publication, also short video of first tests of the drive system on water. View the full story here.
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The Volta BCN City & Sport Electric Motorbikes. (updated 22nd November 2011)
Volta Motorbikes is an electric motorbike manufacturer based in Spain. Their mission of providing new solutions to clear pollution from urban areas in big cities today has led them to develop the Volta BCN City & Sport. Both models use one of our LMC motors which delivers 25Kw of power and up to 34Hp.
The Volta BCN City and BCN Sport (pictured above) are designed for transport in the city. Their dynamic design and personality, combined with a list of high-performance features and quality design and technology, without a doubt stand out immediately on any city street.
They are the perfect choice for those who need a dynamic and fun means of daily transport that is also practical, and of course, sustainable. For more information on the Volta models and performance visit their website www.voltamotorbikes.com
The first 100% sustainable self sufficient IMOCA! (updated 22nd November 2011)
The Acciona sailing team has designed and built the world’s first 100% sustainable, self-sufficient 60ft monohull ship to compete in the IMOCA Ocean racing world championships. LMC have worked closely with the research and design team to develop and supply the electric motor power required and bespoke drive system. We were very pleased to hear that the ship passed the pull test to be classed as an official IMOCA racer.
The Acciona team say “We believe now is the time to jettison the old belief of ‘One man against Nature in a race around the world’ and propose ‘Around the world with Nature’. For the trip, we will draw on sustainable kinds of energy such as solar, wind and hydrodynamic energy, using them to cover all the mechanical and electronic needs of the boat and her skipper.”
The next generation of zero emission urban sports bike is here! (updated 5th September 2011)
And what a bike it is….. Introducing the Agility Saietta
The bold contemporary design with wide bars, high eye line and a low centre of gravity has given the Agility Saietta dramatic styling with suburb handling and control.
The Saietta uses advanced technology and cutting edge engineering to optimise its power, acceleration and range to embody Agility's vision of a reality where sustainable transport is exciting, empowering and radically effective.
Agility Global Ltd. is a vehicle design and manufacturing company specialising in zero-emissions transportation solutions and we at LMC are proud to be a part of this exciting new British urban sports bike. By developing a new motor with the Agility team we will be powering the Saietta into the future.
The Saietta comes in two models: the Saietta S (50-mile range) and the Saietta R (100-mile range). With zero road-tax and an energy cost of 1.5 pence-per-mile, the low total cost of ownership makes the Saietta an attractive and future-proof proposition for owners.
Both models include the features:
Confident upright Naked Bike / Street fighter riding position.
Double wishbone front suspension.
Advanced suspension geometry achieves both exceptional stability and razor-sharp direction changing agility.
Clutchless transmission for maximum intuitive control.
Composite monocoque chassis.
Body design maximises battery space by using the area behind the handlebars, which is normally only used for tank-bags on conventional motorcycles.
Plug-and-play upgrades to higher power levels, with new component options throughout its lifetime - your bike grows with you.
2011 Isle of Man TT Zero Race Result! (updated 24th June 2011)
Isle of Man TT racer and resident Allan Brew puts the eSuperbike, an all-electric motorcycle developed at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) through it's paces at the SES Zero TT Race 2011. With just one lap of the full TT race circut to post your fastest time after the qualifying rounds the pressure was on.
32 teams took part in this years electric race and with a prize of £10,000 for the first electric bike to finish with an average speed of 100 miles per hour or more, everyone was pushing their technology to the max.
The MIT students led by PhD student Lennon Rodgers pitched to BMW to supply a chassis for the race which BMW agreed to donate. The team were supplied with an S1000RR racing bike which they converted using 2 of our LMC motors, which provide a combined 32 kilowatts of power.
On Thursday afternoon (June 9th) the team's motorcycle hummed across the finish line, coming in fourth with an average speed of 79 miles per hour.
"It was a great experience," Rodgers says. "I think the teams with the most reliable motorcycles were able to finish … we focused on reliability, and that's what saved us in the end."
Rodgers says competitive venues like the Isle of Man may yield the next generation of electric-vehicle design.
"This is where a lot of innovation comes in," Rodgers says. "And that's the thing about racing, is that it pushes you to try the extreme."
While the team didn't claim first place, Rodgers says taking home the trophy wasn't the team's main goal. "We don't need to be number one," Rodgers says. "We just wanted to finish the race and do well. That's enough of an achievement for a first-time race."
We look forward to seeing MIT and the other teams battling it out for the 100mph prize at next years Zero TT race. To read more about the MIT eSuperbike click here.
The Award Winning Bike! (updated 28th May 2011)
In May one of our most successful partners were awarded with the European Off Road E-MX category E- Bike of the Year 2011. The Swiss motorbike manufacture Quantya received this award for their EVO1-vRcross (performance motor cross electric bike), which is powered by a special version of our motor. We are thrilled that Quantya have been recognised for their achievements in the motor cross, off road bike sector and thank them for their support during the early stages of our partnership with the development of our motor. To see the EVO1-vRcross and more from Quantya click here.
The vRone Scooter is a HOT topic (updated 27th April 2011)
Over the last week, several local and national publications, newspapers and radio stations have been reporting on our expanding business, which is due to our involvement with the vRone Scooter manufactured by vonRoll infratec, Switzerland.
Our LM200-127 motor is the power source behind the vRone's efficiency, making the scooter one of the worlds lightest and most efficient scooters on the market, with a top speed of 100km per hour and a travel distance of 70km per electric charge. This bespoke version of the popular LM200 motor was designed specifically for the vRone to increase the longevity and power of the scooter, which in the past has been an issue for electric vehicles in this market.
The contract with vonRoll to supply 1,000 motors over the next two years has not only boosted our turnover but has also helped create several new employment opportunities within LMC, which are hard to come by in the southwest in the electrical engineering sector.
For more information on the vRone scooter click here.
To read the Express & Echo's editorial click here.
Bespoke Winch System (updated 31st March 2011)
We recently finished a custom build project for a complete winch system. The system included the motor, gearbox and brake as one assembly, with the control system, battery pack and emergency switch in another. The winch was needed for climbing teams and the challenge for L.M.C was to get the climbers scaling within the customers set targets of a number of feet per second and as quietly as possible. The customer who commissioned the project was very pleased with the quality and performance of the winch. Our team of engineers relished in the challenge and enjoyed working on the project from start to finish.