DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has given Logos Technologies a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant towards developing a military-use hybrid-electric motorcycle with near-silent capability. When fully developed, the tech would facilitate small, distributed military teams to traverse long distances in quick time and stealthily across harsh enemy terrain.
The platform developed in partnership with San Francisco-based all-electric motorcycle producer BRD combines Logos Technologies’ quieted, multifuel hybrid-electric power system with BRD’s off-road electric motorcycle platform. It’s a first for two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability to be integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle.
“Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of U.S. expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments,” said Wade Pulliam, manager of advanced concepts at Logos Technologies. “With a growing need to operate small units far from logistical support, the military may increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.”
“Our advanced yet affordable offering will provide operators the near-silent capability and ease of operation, of an all-electric vehicle along with the adaptable power generation and extended range of a multifuel internal combustion engine,” continues Pulliam. “By utilizing our team’s experience developing similar hybrid-powered projects and first-in-class electric motorcycles, the Logos Technologies-BRD partnership seeks to deliver a highly capable low-risk and proven product.”