PHOTO CAPTION: Hero Ion electric concept motorcycle

Hero Unveils Lithium-Air Electric Motorcycle Concept

Ion advanced motorcycle concept said to make first use of lithium-air battery with energy storage density comparable to gasoline.

Published: 07-Feb-2014

This work is in the domain of potential innovations that are very challenging but lead to discoveries that have immense possibilities for future and learning for present. The ‘ion’ gives us an exciting glimpse of many years into the future, and demonstrates Hero's beliefs and commitment to the endless road of motorcycling and personal transport. Built to embody Hero's timeless values, it is light, elegant, environment friendly and respectful of efficient use of materials and fuel that helps maintain the balance in the carbon cycle that is critical in sustaining life on the planet Earth. An all electronic ion has an advanced Li Air batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell range extender packaged into the center structure with super capacitors provide for energy needs of acceleration and braking. Hero welcomes you to a whole new green motorcycling experience Key Highlights:

Vehicle Control Module: The vehicle is controlled by light finger touches controls built in the handle grips. Commands from the fingertips are sent to VCM (Vehicle Control Module) where they are converted to drive signals to PBS (power, braking and steering) systems.

Ride by Wire: integrates multiple on-board electronic traffic sensors for collision detection and avoidance. Variable two wheel steering works in synergy with the rider driving style and vehicle dynamics in order to optimize handling. VSA system (vehicle situational awareness) keep tracks of the surrounding traffic flow and make corrections to the PBS systems as needed. VSA system overrides any lower priority communications when traffic density becomes significant.

Hubless Wheels: The airy, open wheels contain electrical windings in the inside that act as a stator. Tyre is mounted on a hidden magnetic wheel that acts as a rotor which floats on the stator ring with magnetic levitation technology that works with zero friction. These hubless electric traction motor also double up as brakes.

Rider information: Core basic vehicle information is available in the compact instrument cluster, but full information and communication is transmitted to the rider’s helmet.

M-Link: An advanced anthropomorphic linkage suspension technology that provides incredible control of the road and an exhilarating driving experience. Features an electronic force mapping through sensors that manage all suspension components. These sensors continuously vary the power of electromagnet that controls the damping characteristics of the suspension in real time. It seamlessly integrates with other vehicle systems including the Ride by Wire steering to provide user profiled ride characteristics with road vision controlled damping.

Flex Axis Steering: ion steers through rotating the front and rear wheel and suspension systems around the pivots on the centre power module. The multi -axis gyros and accelerometers keep stability at all times. It works in conjunction with the Ride by Wire and M-Link. Senses rider position and steering inputs to properly position the motorcycle in the optimal position for previously impossible vehicle maneuvers.

Li – Air Batteries: The Lithium-air battery which is the lightest and highest energy density battery ever produced. Ion has the energy storage density of 12 kWh/kg (comparable to gasoline). Technology uses oxidation of Lithium with Oxygen molecules in the air and a revolutionary new cathode that uses Carbon Nano tubes infused with a Platinum and Rhodium catalyst using a genetically modified process which creates extremely high surface area per unit volume.

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