People love to say that MotoCzysz doesn’t make anything, aside from race-winning motorcycles that is. Well, here’s something they made that’s going on sale next year: the D1g1tal Dr1ve D1, a plug-and-play, fully-integrated electric drive system based on the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc that anyone wanting to sell an electric vehicle can drop into a chassis and hit the market with.
Such a turn-key solution will allow current and future electric vehicle manufacturers to wholly avoid the time and cost of developing their own electric drive technology. Instead, for $8,999, they can simply drop this friendly-looking 19x13x15”, 130lbs box into a vehicle of their choosing and connect a few cables. It incorporates the oil-cooled motor, inverter-controller and cooling system. Batteries sold separately (by someone else). MotoCzysz claims this is the “quickest and easiest” electric drive solution on the market.
In this video, you can hear Michael Czysz jokingly try to pronounce “D1g1tal.”
The motor puts out 100bhp (peak) and up to 848lb/ft of torque after gearing is factored in. Like the E1pc, the D1 can put out continuous power that’s unprecedentedly close to that peak number, 80bhp. The motor achieves 93 percent efficiency. The compactness, high continuous output and efficiency are all down to that novel oil cooling solution, most rival motors are air-cooled.
MotoCzysz described the process of incorporating a D1 into a vehicle to us by saying, “They will simply provide high voltage power, low voltage throttle inputs, and cooling lines to the drive. The engine bay can be designed around the mounting points on the drive, and the half shafts will spline directly into the output hubs on the unit. The small size and clean packaging will make it easy to design around- either front or rear wheel drive.”
While the D1 incorporates oil-cooling for the motor, that oil is cooled by an internal oil/water heat exchanger. The “in” and “out” ports visible in this picture will be connected to water hoses running to a conventional radiator.
In addition to vehicle manufacturers, MotoCzysz has also designed the D1 to appeal to fleet operators looking to convert existing ICE vehicles to electric operation. “The small size and simple mounting options make it a perfect contender for a conversion project. You can bet on seeing one in a company commuter car over here soon.”
Putting out a relatively modest amount of power, this D1 is intended for use in small commuter cars or light duty commercial vehicles. Also slated for next year, MotoCzysz will be releasing similar integrated electric drive solutions suitable for larger vehicles and even one they say will be perfect for a super car.
It’s said that racing improves the breed and this is the tangible product of developing the most advanced electric racing bike in the world.