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The Ethec, world’s first 2-wheel drive electric motorcycle

This motorcycle, designed and built by a team of students from the Zurich Polytechnic, is integrating a front wheel-hub motor

The Ethec was born, the electric motorcycle designed and built by a team of students from the Zurich Polytechnic, ETH. The team is made up of 13 mechanical and one electrical engineering students from ETH Zurich and 2 industrial design students from the Zurich University of the Arts.

This motorcycle, with a very light tubular frame and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic fairing, is integrating for the first time worldwide a front wheel-hub motor. The additional engine can be used to recuperate braking energy and obtain higher efficiency, safety and a superior overall driving experience. The lithium-ion battery, consisting of 1260 cells, is kept at its ideal operating temperature by a thermoelectrical cooling system.

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