2012 Publications

Drive motor designs for electric motorcycles

By David G. Dorrell ; Mircea Popescu

2012 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

Year: 2012 | Conference Paper | Publisher: IEEE

Abstract: This paper addresses the design of motors for electric motorcycle racing. These tend to be high torque-dense brushless permanent-magnet machines (either DC or AC) operating over a very wide speed range with an extended maximum power range above base speed. The thermal design and operation are key to their successful utilisation and this is a major focus of this paper. The motors can operate at very high current density for a short time during acceleration.

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