Curtiss unveils funky new V8 battery in upcoming 217 hp electric motorcycle
Curtiss Zeus With V8-Type Battery Packs Revealed
New pictures of Curtiss Motorcycles’ Zeus electric motorcycle has been released, and the pictures show uniquely placed battery packs, like a conventional V8 engine would have.
alabama-based startup curtiss motorcycles has released an update to their upcoming 2020 zeus electric motorcycle with a v8 style battery. the newly re-imagined zeus model showcases an all-new skeletal space frame anchored to a unique powertrain architecture inspired by glenn curtiss’ legendary 1907 v8 motorcycle.
the battery cells are packaged inside eight cylindrical towers configured in a flaring radial ‘V’ pattern enabling maximum battery cooling efficiency. each cylinder holds 16.9kWh of battery which delivers power through a proprietary controller and motor package co-developed with british engineering firm YASA.
curtiss estimates power output of 217HP and 147LB-ft of immediate torque. the front suspension is an eye-catching aluminum girder fork, the chassis is a hand welded titanium/chromoly tubular frame with machined 6061 aluminum fusion and the wheels are carbon fiber.
the zeus v8 is slated to enter production next year with a current price of $75,000. the motorcycle serves as the brand’s first entry into the hyper-luxury motorcycle space but it also plans to release successive model in more accessible product categories.
the company recently launched an equity crowdfunding campaign through wefunder to accelerate production of its innovative battery electric motorcycles. the startup has raised $351,886 of a $100,000-$1,070,000 goal from 182 investors.