New upscale electric motorcycle debuts
While Tesla has cornered the market on high-end performance electric vehicles on four wheels, the electric motorcycle market has been slow to catch up. But the French company Voxan has reversed that trend.
Voxan has achieved a French revolution in motorcycle history with the debut of an ultra-powerful and upscale machine, radically innovative in its technology and its architecture: Wattman.
With 200 HP and an instantaneous torque of 200Nm up to 10,500 rpm, Wattman is the world's most powerful electric motorcycle. The motorcycle is capable of both lightning acceleration (0-160km/h in 5.9 seconds) and flexibility, thanks to its belt drive electric motor.
The striking motorcycle’s architecture is built around a motor-battery pack carrier set. The frame is replaced by an ultra-rigid exoskeleton, integrating all the components of the powertrain. This design results in a motorcycle without a visible technical feature.
“This aluminum exoskeleton which contains the battery is the motorcycle's signature. You can tell from this design that it is an electric machine,” says its designer Sacha Lakic.
Wattman features a charging time of 80 percent in less than 30 minutes thanks to a "COMBO II" socket, the European quick charge standard. It can also be plugged to a standard household socket, thanks to its integrated charger. Its ultra-compact 12.8kWh battery ensures 180 km of range.
Primarily intended for an exclusive international clientele seeking innovation, the motorcycle will be produced unit-by-unit, upon order, and hand-assembled in France, at the Solesmes (Sarthe) Electric Vehicle Manufacture.
The Wattman illustrates the new techniques and stylistic direction of the brand, with avant-garde technologies in the field of electric mobility and a design that anticipates the shape of bikes to come.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.