DOWNEY -- STORM Wave, the electric motorcycle designed by STORM Eindhoven, a team of 24 Dutch students at Eindhoven University of Technology rode into Downey this week as part of their 80-day world tour.
The goal of the journey is to show the potential of e-mobility worldwide. The team was in Los Angeles, where they visited various events, including a meeting with the Dutch Honorary Consul at the VTBS Architects Office, Downey High School's Engineering Department, and a group of local creatives at Stay Gallery.
The motorcycle runs on a battery pack designed by Eindhoven students. The pack consists of 24 cartridges that have 28.5 kWh of energy, which enables the motorcycle to travel 380 kilometers (236 miles) on a single charge.
Furthermore, it is possible to adapt the whole pack to enable a lighter motorcycle for a more sporting driving style.
STORM Eindhoven left the Netherlands to tour the world on Aug. 14, and traveled through Europe, the Middle East, and China before coming to the US.
The innovative motorcycle started touring the United States in Washington state. The bike will travel down the West Coast and through the South and Midwest before finishing its tour of America in New York on Oct. 26.
STORM will make stops in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, among others.
During each stop, the STORM team will meet with universities and companies interested in smart urban planning and sustainability to demonstrate the potential of sustainable transportation and recharge the motorcycle.