A 16-member team of Swiss university students—led by Dr. Josef Mayr, Marco Job and Dominic Schmid—may have designed the future of electric motorcycles, even if its project never gets off the ground. With a reported 250-mile range, we say Yes, please, to the Ethec.

The unibody motorcycle design is modeled on the shape of a human body. The headlight, attached to the collar, is a key visual element and characterizes the head of the design. The prominent expansion of the shoulders gives the motorcycles’ front view a powerful look. The slim seat represents the waist in front of the broadening rear, which finalizes the shape of the unibody. The chassis is flat and forward-leaning, underlining the dynamic appearance of the Ehec even at standstill. [Ethec Project]
The Ethec e-cruiser project was developed by 13 mechanical engineering students and one electrical engineering student from ETH Zurich, plus two industrial design students from the Zurich University of the Arts. ETH Zurich—a science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland—focuses on providing students an opportunity to completely development a product, from the first draft to the technical engineering, design, production and marketing.

Battery structure includes two modules from 1,260 lithium-ion cells. In view are the regularly arrayed circuit boards and temperature sensors, which control the cooling system precisely. [Ethec Project]
Students manage the whole process alone. They gain the knowledge and confidence through dialogue with experts from the industry, student advisors and professors, self-study and traditional lectures.  

Early concept sketches. [Ethec Project]
Battery cooling system with fan, pumps, a peltier element and an expansion tank. For a durable and powerful battery an efficient cooling is required. An air circuit discharges the heat from the oil circuit with the help of peltier elements. The oil circuit directly flows around the battery cells. [Ethec Project]
Did the future of motorcycles just pass by? [Ethec Project]
Hub motors provide 22 kW continuous power. [Ethec Project]
A girder fork allows geometry optimization. [Ethec Project]
The integrated inductive sensor allows a precise determination of the angle of the braking lever. Gradually increasing regeneration on both wheels activates immediately. [Ethec Project]
Using lithium-ion technology with a goal of a 250-mile range, the 15 kWh capacity battery was designed for optimized lifespan achieved through integration of active and passive oil cooling. Students also added continuous monitoring of the cell temperature and the cell voltage. [Ethec Project]
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