The Ethec Electric Motorcycle May Have Sacrificed Form for Function

The Ethec Electric Motorcycle is the work of a group of students from ETH Zurich and the Zurich University of Arts. Let’s not mince words, here. You can plainly see that the design team was severely hampered in their options by what the engineering team came up with. But when you find out that this electric motorcycle has a range of 250 miles between charges, you start to overlook those tough choices that were made to put out a good looking bike.

headlight front view ethec motorbike

The challenge is the huge battery that the bike needs. Getting 250 miles per charge is only going to be possible if you have a gigantic battery, which this bike does. Unfortunately, trying to hide away that giant, finned, 15-kWh battery box, which houses 1,260 lithium-ion cells, isn’t going to be an easy task. The result is a bike that looks like a box with two wheels attached. But again, 250 miles per charge. Need we say more?

electric motorbike back view

That’s not to say that there aren’t some pretty cool stylistic choices. The front has a girder-style suspension that is intriguing, and extending the tank out to connect with the headlight was a good choice. The twisted metal bracket that connects the 7-inch tablet-style dash to the bike is an innovative addition. So while she may not be much to look at, the Ethec Electric Motorcycle has the range to compensate, mixed in with a few beautiful details.

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