Is this the world’s fastest electric bike?

Eva KillaJoule

Published on 24 April 2017 by Robert Drane

Challenging the perception that electric bikes are dull and slow, Swedish engineer Eva Håkansson is attempting to set a land speed record for electric motorcycles of 300mph in her KillaJoule electric motorbike.

Designed and built by Dr Håkansson and her husband, the 400hp KillaJoule is powered by lithium nano-phosphate batteries and the 5.6m chassis is built from chromoly steel. Despite its bold aims, the KillaJoule’s engineering is ultimately fairly straightforward, as Dr Håkansson explains: “If you think about it, it is just a giant cordless drill with wheels! It has a battery with the same kind of lithium-ion chemistry that you will find in cordless tools, a motor, some power electronics and a throttle. And wheels, of course.”

Created, as Dr Håkansson puts it, “to show that eco-friendly can be fast and sexy”, the KillaJoule already holds records from previous attempts at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats in 2014 and 2016. It is also the world’s fourth-fastest battery-powered vehicle of any kind.

For more information and to see the KillaJoule in action, visit Dr Håkansson’s website.


Photo credit: Dr Eva Håkansson with the KillaJoule at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Photograph courtesy of BonnevilleStories.com