Lightning partners with niobium supplier CBMM for 250 mp…

Lightning Motorcycles – one of the first motorcycle companies to bring a full-size electric motorcycle to market – has announced that it is working on its next generation of machines to extract more power through the use of niobium materials.

The American firm made headlines in 2014 with the launch of the Lightning LS-218 electric sports bike, which, with a top speed of 218 mph, made it the fastest road-legal production motorcycle in the world. world.

While the electric motorcycle sector has been slow to take off, the Lightning LS-218 stands quite alone as a zero-emissions high-performance sport bike, although that’s a niche that will be expanded this year with the launch of the Damon. HyperSport.

As such, Lightning is looking to the future with a view to pushing performance boundaries to break the 250 mph (403 km/h) barrier with a next-generation model that could even aim for the land speed record. commercial motorcycle.

Key to this goal is the integration of niobium into its powertrain after signing an agreement with the world’s largest supplier of this material, CBMM.

Niobium is a tougher material that can provide braking system improvements such as reduced wear, greater durability and improved efficiency; its use in cathodes and anodes of vehicle batteries to achieve unique characteristics, such as ultra-fast charging and greater energy density, compared to technologies used in traditional lithium-ion batteries .

“Lightweight and high efficiency are essential for high performance motorcycles, we have used certain applications of niobium to achieve these goals,” says Richard Hatfield, CEO and Founder of Lightning Motorcycles. Confident in the partnership, he says.

“We are excited to work with CBMM to further innovate niobium technologies that can translate into significant benefits not just for high-performance electric motorcycles, but for all types of vehicles.”

Robert M. Larson