Fully functional DIY Electric Motorcycle Project from Scratch.
The perfect, meticulous, and extremely impressive electric motorcycle based on the BMW HP Kunst Hydrogen Concept model is designed entirely by the “hand” of a student of Mechanical Engineering at Tra Vinh University.
Here’s an incredible project from a young man in Vietnam, who built a stunning and functional electric motorcycle from scratch.
Pham Lam Vu, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 2019, has spent more than 8 months designing an electric motorcycle to satisfy his passion.
Vu said that the motorcycle was based on the drawing design of the BMW HP Kunst Hydrogen Concept – an idea presented nearly a decade ago by students at ISD Rubika, a famous design institution in French
Determine on realizing the concept
With the passion for designing and his knowledge learned about mechanical engineering, in the process of conceptualizing, Vu was so impressed when he saw this model on the internet. He determined to implement the “project” as well as accepted to spend a lot of time and expense to make the motorcycle. According to Vu, passion, together with determination and planning the right method will bring back success.
Vu has spent his time and money supporting from his family as well as his savings to buy components and accessories and assembled the motorcycle by himself. He said that the motorcycle was completed with a total cost of nearly 3,000 USD, equivalent to more than 60 million VND and 2 Lakh INR
The motorcycle’s parts are made of “unbelievable” materials
As a mechanical engineering student, the design and mechanical work came naturally, but the electronic components required some research and testing.
First, Vu used Autodesk Inventor software to draw the details of the motorcycle’s external parts. He simulated the motorcycle in 3D, then converted it to 2D and printed it out on paper in real size. Next, he cut the steel himself and welded them together into a solid block.
Many components were assembled from other models and the most impressive thing is that the motorcycle’s external parts were made of PVC pipes (plastic used to make water pipes).
The color screen of the motorcycle was bought from a normal electric motorcycle which is 6 inches in size and is not touch-sensitive. After that, Vu refurbished and added details such as voltage and number of motor amperes consumed.
The motorcycle can run over 80km for a single-charge
With features like a remote key and a custom tablet dashboard, the build is definitely quite impressive.
The build includes repurposed parts such as wheels from a Yamaha ex150 and a nitrogen air shock absorber, and this ingenious ebike can travel 80 km / 50 miles on a single charge.
With a top speed of 85k/mh | 53MPH, the electric bike is powered by a 60volt 50 amp hour lithium iron phosphate battery pack, and driven by a 2000 watt electric motor.
He told, the wiring was typical for an electric motorbike project, but was difficult to get right, and it looks like he did a great job with pro details like headlights, tail lights and brake lights.
In future projects, he hopes to be able to incorporate carbon fiber 3d printing to extend his build capabilities. For this bike he made body panels by cutting and flat pressing PVC pipe into shapes he designed in CAD software.
The ride has that characteristic electric sound, and it looks to be an absolute blast to ride. With comparable electric motorcycles typically being much more expensive than this home built DIY electric bike, it looks like he made himself an incredible toy for commuting, or just hotrodding around Vietnam where i’m sure he’s got a lot of people snapping their necks to take a peak at this boy geniuses crazy creation.
Update: Pham was featured in one of Vietnam’s largest newspapers, got several job offers, and just accepted a position with a growing technology company in Asia.
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