James Madison University’s High Energy Battery Team was commissioned in Fall 2011 to conceptualize, design, prototype, test, and construct a high voltage, high amperage battery pack capable of powering an all-electric motorcycle at a speed of 70 miles per hour for a minimum of 150 miles. Key design goals were to minimize volume and weight and to maximize power output, reliability, and serviceability. This project report details the Team’s work to develop a battery “sub-pack” using 18650-type lithium ion cells which could be used (in a full-size battery pack) to power a future version of the motorcycle. The ultimate project goal is to supply an all-electric commuter motorcycle to a new market segment, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and eliminating vehicle emissions.
E. Bowen, B. Cash, J. Edinger, and M. Muller, “High Energy Battery Team Capstone Project Report,” James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal, vol. 1, pp. 6-15, 2014. Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/jmurj/vol1/iss1/3