Shanghai stop for Eindhoven electric motorbike team

A group of Dutch students have arrived in Shanghai on a world tour within 80 days aiming to demonstrate what electric motorbikes are capable of achieving.

Their vehicles are claimed to be the world’s first electric touring motorbikes, developed by the STORM Eindhoven team comprising 24 students from Eindhoven University of Technology, with an average age of 22 years.

Inspired by “Around the World in 80 Days,” the renowned book by Jules Verne, they started their project about two years ago and launched the world tour on August 14 from the Netherlands. So far the team has traveled for 42 days covering more than 14,000 kilometers.

“Our project is not about promoting only our motorcycle, it is to show that electric vehicles are ready for the world,” said Yorick Heidema, a 24-year-old rider with the team. “If we can make a motorcycle with different partners by collaboration and drive around the world with it, we think electric vehicles are ready enough for companies to work together and create vehicles that are ready for people to use.

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Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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