Three-wheel motorcycles have become a fast growing segment as consumers who want to cruise, but wouldn’t consider a two-wheeler, find these bikes the answer to their open road wanderlust.
Electrifying two-wheel bikes is not a new idea, but Bombardier’s Can-Am Spyder three wheeler, with its single rear-drive and two front wheels for steering, is an interesting platform for an emissions-free bike.
Scientists and engineers at Canada’s Centre de Technologies Avancées (CTA) at the Sherbrooke University in Quebec thought this was a great idea and developed the Can-Am Spyder F3-S E Concept.
The vehicle is equipped with a CTA-patented 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack, called “e-tank,” which gives the concept a 105-mile electric driving range.
Juice from the battery is fed to a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that employs a liquid cooling system.
The motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 148 pounds-feet of instantaneous torque, spinning no higher than 6,500 rpm.
CTA isn’t willing to divulge many details about the F3-S E Concept, so performance details remain unknown.
One notable achievement that was revealed, however, is the redesigned wheels and fenders that reduced drag by five-percent, a significant number on a vehicle this small in size.
Behind the five-year $8.6 million project is Bombardier Recreational Products, perhaps best know in the U.S. for its recreational products such as their Can-Am motorcycles, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, along with Evinrude and Johnson outboard boat motors.
It isn’t known if Bombardier and the CTA have intentions of producing Can-Am Spyder F3-S Es, but with an electric driving range that’s double Harley Davidson’s LiveWire prototype, it might have a chance of selling a few thousand e-bikes.