Curtiss Hera V8 electric
24th August 2018
The successor to the Zeus is here ... sort of
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A V8 electric motorcycle? That's what Curtiss (formerly Confederate) calls its new Hera cruiser. And if you're wondering where the letter "V" and the number "8" comes into it, we can tell you it's down to the battery configuration. Eight lithium-ion powerpacks cunningly arranged in a "V".
What you're looking at (above) is the spiritual successor to the Curtiss Zeus concept as unveiled earlier in 2018. We haven't actually seen much of that idea aside from a tedious teaser video and a few throwaway CAD sketches. And it doesn't seem like there's much more here with this proposed Hera vision. But CEO Matt Chambers has thrown his weight (and money) behind making Curtiss Motorcycles the go-to brand for top quality electric two wheelers, and he sounds like a determined so-and-so who just might make a decent fist of it.
Chambers has been quoted as saying: "With Hera, we set out to create the world’s most luxurious motorcycle. Featuring the world’s first V8 battery architecture, an ultra-powerful, yet refined, E-Twin motor, and a 66-inch wheelbase, Hera will occupy a class all her own."
[Sounds good. On paper. In theory—Ed]
But as with all these "pie-in-the-sky" concepts, we're reserving judgement until we see something rolling on rubber. However, if this sketch is in any way a reasonably accurate portrayal of the finished product, it's hard to imagine anyone outside of Jay Leno's garage plugging one of these butt-ugly bikes into an electrical socket/outlet.
But why rattle on about V8s anyway? Because Glenn Curtiss, whose name was summarily borrowed for this new age company, built a V8 racer back in 1907, and Chambers wants to pay homage.
Meanwhile, with the anticipated demise of the internal combustion engine, it looks like we're going to have to devise a new dictionary of exciting and evocative automotive terms and components to replace the loss of "high lift cams", "stroker motor", "turbo charged" and so on.
So maybe we could try "side draught lithium pack" or "amp booster" or even "straight through volts". And while you're pondering that, we're nipping out to the shed to fabricate the world's first V12 electric motorcycle with a 270-degree 4-phase motor (for that funky, irregular offbeat sound), an electron carburettor (to help release those heady old skool induction fumes), and a neon charged triple spark plug pack (to keep that motor firing on all batteries and let everyone know we've got amps in our pants, and we're bloody proud of it).
We thought this 21st century electric thing was gonna be dull. But evidently we've just landed on a new world of possibilities.
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