KillaCycle Sets New Quarter-Mile EV Performance Records

With a blistering 7.890 second pass at 167.99 mph, an electric-powered motorcycle has set new absolute elapsed-time and speed marks for an EV in the quarter mile. Ridden by Scotty Pollacheck, a custom-built bike called the KillaCycle established both ends of the record at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado during an event sanctioned by the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA). KillaCycle is powered by A123Systems advanced Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs feeding two Hi-Torque Electric motors. These heavily modified Hi-Torque units had their launch capability cranked to a previously untried 1850 amps for this latest record attempt. They also were tweaked to withstand greater sustained current flow and rev higher, factors that contributed to the bike's best-ever top end.

Its successful day at the races makes KillaCycle the world's fastest EV of any kind at the quarter-mile distance. The previous absolute bests of 7.965 seconds at 159.65 mph were marks set last December by Dennis "Kilowatt" Berube in Current Eliminator V, a slingshot-style dragster powered by lithium-titanate batteries manufactured by Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.

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