Cheaper, cleaner ride ahead [News]
By Eugene Neubronner, TODAY, 3 May 2013.
Students from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) University Scholars Programme (USP) have successfully converted a motorcycle from a petrol-based engine to an electric one that may one day extend the usage of old bikes while driving down usage costs.
The students estimate that it currently costs the average motorcyclist — who rides about 38.5km per day at an average speed of about 69kmh — about S$121.11 in fuel per month. With the electric motor, it would cost about S$29.79.
The project, a collaboration between the USP and the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre at NUS, paves the way for the possibility of large-scale conversion of motorcycles, as the world shifts towards greener technologies.
The team of six — Mr Shreyas Rao and Ms Pek Yang Xuan, who are both 20, Mr Brian Teo and Mr Aloysius Seah, who are both 22, along with supervisors Associate Professor Martin Henz and Dr Joerg Weigl — started their project in May last year.
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