Orange County designed eChopper, uses Siemens Clean Electric Technology
Siemens Australia brings the first fully electrified high-performance motorcycle, the eChopper, to Australia at the Pacific2012 Maritime Exposition in Sydney today. The eChopper electric technology has already been applied to commercial and defence vehicles allowing for innovative eMobility and hybrid technologies to expand the commuting and recreational opportunities of the future.
The eChopper technology directly supports the findings in the Picture the Future Mobility research findings which highlights the importance of clean energy to fuel our future transport fleet.
“Siemens eChopper reinforces our Picture the Future of Mobility research, in that electric technology is a viable and sustainable fuel source for commercial ships and naval vessels providing defence, naval and maritime industries with significant productivity benefits and financial advantages,” said David Keenan, Vice President of Siemens Australia.
Similar clean fuel technology also propels many of today’s conventional submarines and naval ships, including Australia’s future LHD’s (Landing Helicopter Docks) – making them greener and more flexible vessels.
“In a world where competitiveness is crucial, green technology can provide a significant commercial edge. This expansion in electrical and hybrid technologies directly addresses the challenges that commercial and naval operators face to reducing fuel and maintenance demands, whilst providing increased operational flexibility,” said Mr Keenan.
Siemens engaged with the Orange County Choppers to build the eChopper, to demonstrate the breadth of the Siemens green technology portfolio including power electronics and battery management systems. The rotor blades on its wheels are designed to mirror wind and gas turbine blades, while top speeds of 160km/h demonstrate its suitability for high-performance motors or trains for the mobility industry.
The eChopper represents Siemens continued development and application of electric technology into different industries to feed back power into the energy grids, allowing for a balance in the same amount of power generated as is being consumed. The solutions developed by Siemens for the eChopper also provide only particulate carbon emissions and no exhaust, allowing for a cleaner and enhanced quality of life in cities.