Electric Motorcycle Powered by Li-Ion Batteries Sets World Speed Record
5 April 2007
The KillaCycle, the world’s quickest electric motorcycle and the official world record holder in the ¼ mile drag, broke the world record again using a lithium-ion battery pack from A123Systems.
The official record for any electric vehicle worldwide in the ¼ mile is set now at an elapsed time of 8.16 seconds. Further, The KillaCycle holds the top speed record for the ¼ mile, at 156 mph.
An earlier version of the battery pack, with 880 cells, connected together with spot-welded nickel tabs. Click to enlarge.
Powered by 990 A123Systems Nanophosphate cells, the KillaCycle set the new world record for the fourth time in two days at the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) event at the Firebird Speedway in Chandler, AZ on 31 March 31 2007.
The 165 lb (74.8 kg), 375 V, 7.5 kWh battery pack powers the KillaCycle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 1.5 seconds. The A123Systems Nanophosphate cells are next-generation Automotive Class Lithium-Ion batteries designed for power, safety and life.
The KillaCycle is a great example of how our battery technology enables electric drive automotive applications to experience a new level of battery performance. We look forward to working with Bill Dube’ and his team to continue to push the limits in racing and can offer these same improvements to others within the automotive market.
—Jonah Myerberg, senior engineer at A123Systems