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NUS team hits the road with electric motorbike

Published on Jun 30, 2014 8:14 AM

Computing professor Martin Henz, 47, had always been interested in motorbikes and started riding regularly seven years ago when a National University of Singapore (NUS) colleague gave him an old motorbike.

"From then on, I've preferred two-wheeled transport," said Prof Henz, whose duties include taking charge of residential life under the University Scholars Programme (USP).

With about 16 students from the USP and engineering faculty, he has been working on a project from 2012 to convert a 10-year-old Honda motorbike to an electric vehicle to achieve fuel efficiency. They replaced the petrol engine of the bike, a Honda CBR400RR, with an electric motor, a battery system and controller.

Their work paid off: From May 31 to June 8, the converted Honda motorbike was part of the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition, the biggest electric vehicle rally worldwide, and completed the trek in third place out of 13 two-wheelers.

Seen here with the converted electric motorcycle at Seebodenalp, Switzerland, are several members of the NUS team. From left: Mr Ayush Pacheriwala, Dr JJorg Weigl, Professor Martin Henz and Ms Pek Yang Xuan. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
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