Benjamin Surain from Belgium, known as a visionary designer in the internationally growing electric two-wheeler community, is developing an electric drive for the moped class. There are now numerous offers from countless Asian suppliers and even some of the brands represented in this country. But Ben Surain’s approach is different: His E-core is intended to be a replacement drive for existing small motorcycles that have so far been powered by combustion engines. As is well known, there are many millions of them around the world.
Replacement motor including technology update
Not only could future small motorcycles be equipped with the E-core directly from the factory, but above all the “E-core” should be an exchange option for the huge number of vehicles in this category. At the same time, it would be a technical update – from the combustion engine to the electric motor. First of all, Ben has his sights set on the four-stroke Honda 50s that have been in operation for decades, or various Chinese copycats, with and without a license. He designed the first version of his E-core in such a way that it can be installed relatively easily on mopeds with this type of engine – instead of the air-cooled single cylinder. The performance data should also roughly correspond to those of the 50s four-stroke engines. A rated output of around 2 to 3 kilowatts (3 to 5 hp) can therefore be expected.
Prospects and investor search
Ben Surain reports directly from the development: “The prototype is already running and is currently undergoing various tests. During development, I also have in mind that the finished product must be as inexpensive as possible in order to be considered as an alternative to a normal replacement engine. For Manufacturing and distribution I am still looking for investors who believe in this project as I do.” So far, the operating costs for such a 50s moped have been very low, especially with the extremely economical fuel consumption of the little four-stroke engine. But fuel prices will probably continue to rise. There is also the aspect that driving bans for vehicles with combustion engines are being discussed, planned or have already been decided in many metropolitan regions. With the E-Core, many mopeds could start a second life instead of being scrapped. Overall, that would also be a sustainable contribution to saving resources and thus also to environmental protection. Benjamin Surain founded the “ON” development platform with partners to push E-core and other electromobility projects.
If so, then only a powerful electric motorcycle.
I can imagine an electric scooter for commuting and city traffic.
A small, manoeuvrable electric moped is definitely fun.
An interesting concept for converting existing mopeds from a combustion engine to an electric drive. If the E-core project is realized, it would be much more sustainable than scrapping millions of mopeds and producing new ones.
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