Browse Publications Technical Papers 2020-01-1436

Step by Step Conversion of ICE Motorcycle to a BEV Configuration 2020-01-1436

With the mass movement toward electrification and renewable technology, the scope of innovation of electrification has gone beyond the automotive industry into areas such as electric motorcycle applications. This paper provides a discussion of the methodology and complexities of converting an internal combustion motorcycle to an electric motorcycle. In developing this methodology, performance goals including, speed limit, range, weight, charge times, as well as riding styles will be examined and discussed. Based on the goals of this paper, parts capable of reaching the performance targets are selected accordingly. Documentation of the build process will be presented along with the constraints, pitfalls, and difficulties associated with process of the project. The step-by-step methodology that is developed can be used as a guideline for future build and can be enhanced as necessary. During the development & conversion process, the model of the electric motorcycle was developed in Simulink to size the battery pack, the electric motor, as well as the right control strategy for the battery management system. This model was also the focus of different design experiments to choose the proper components and the subsystem to minimize the development cycle time. The goal of this paper is also to provide guidelines of the conversion process for the future industry as well as the academic arena.


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