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Electric corner signs alert riders

Signs that light up and display a safety alert and message if you are riding too fast for the corner are being trialled in the UK.

British company TWM Traffic Control Systems have developed the LED signs that include a radar sensor.

Be alert, not alarmed

But don’t worry! The smart alert signs are not designed to issue speeding tickets, says TWM spokesmen Chris Rayner. At least for now!

“It’s purely advisory,” he assures us.

“It’s to aid riders or drivers and alert them to the potential dangers ahead. What you can do is have a function to record the activity along the road, traffic counts, speeds etc.”

The sign will display the rider’s speed and an alert such as SLOW DOWN, or CRASH SITE and flash amber LEDs.

When the vehicle then slows down and the speed falls below the secondary threshold limit, the sign displays THANK YOU with the real-time speed.

Warning signs

It’s similar to speed alert signs used around Australia and a Texas University project that developed stop signs that light up as a vehicle approaches.

Safer stop signs alert
Texas electronic stop signs

The TWM signs may help riders handle dangerous decreasing radius corners, but we wonder what they consider a safe corner speed for each vehicle.

For example, a motorcycle could easily handle a corner at a higher speed than a sports car which would be better than an SUV which would be better than a truck…!

Chris says the signs would allow the authorities to monitor the impact of approach speeds.

“The averages and 85th percentiles will all be calculated so further measures can be put in place if needed,” he says.

Our concern is that this could lead lower speed limits!

“We have been doing similar signage for various dangers, hazards and speed indication since 2002,” Chris says.

“I’m a biker myself and we have been supplying Isle of Man with some of our DayBright units for enhanced pedestrian crossings … I’m speaking to them to see if the crash site (sign) is something they could utilise as well.”

While the signs may be advisory now, we wonder how long before authorities use them to issue speeding tickets!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati Panigale V4R joins Abu Dhabi cops

If you plan on speeding in Abu Dhabi, you better be riding something special.

Abu Dhabi police department has just added eight Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycles to its already impressive fleet of supercars that include a Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador.

They need the high-speed bike, too, because many in the rich United Arab Emirates own supercars and exotic motorcycles.

And the speed limits are high. Abu Dhabi last year set its highest speed limit of 160km/h on the new four-lane highway running into the capital.

Abu Dhabi
160km/h highway

They set the speed cameras at 161km/h, rather than the 20km/h buffer elsewhere, but rich drivers don’t care about copping fines as they can afford them.

Fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/h are only about $A400.

Mind you, speeding by more than 60km/h attracts 12 “black points” (demerit points) and your licence is confiscated for 30 days. If you accumulate 24 points, you lose your licence for three months.

Click here for the world’s most expensive speeding fines.

Abu Dhabi fleet

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Abu Dhabi patrol cars

The Abu Dhabi police department has had some exotic high-speed pursuit vehicles over the years  to catch super-speedsters.

They include: Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, BMW i8 hybrid sports car, Brabus 700, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Lykan HyperSport, Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG, Nissan GT-R and Porsche Panamera.

Now they have added the Ducati to not only pursue at high speed, but split through traffic snarls.

And not just your run-of-the-mill 214hp V4, either.

No, they have gone for the 10kg lighter V4R with 221hp (165kW).

Ducati Panigale V4R Abu Dhabi
Ducati Panigale V4R

It also features racing carbon-fibre winglets, electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension, dry clutch, adjustable swingarm, up/down quickshift, wheelie and slide control, etc.

If you fancy your chances getting away from that, good luck!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Female rider dies in stop sign crash

A 54-year-old female rider has died after being hit by a car allegedly turning on to the Kennedy Highway from Malone Road, Mareeba, through a stop sign about 8am today (2 December 2019).

Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal traffic crash, but the Google Maps image above shows a stop sign at the end of Malone Rd.

The female rider was taken to Mareeba Hospital in a critical condition where she later died.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

The 63-year-old female driver of the car suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.

The Kennedy Highway will be closed later today to allow officers from the Forensic Crash Unit to continue investigations.

There is no word yet from police on any charges. We also don’t know whether the rider was turning or indicating.

Motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling through the area and to allow extra travel time.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Ride like you’re invisible

The accident is a sobering reminder that we can be in the right and still be dead.

We have to ride as if no other motorist can see us. Asa if we are invisible.

It can be worse than Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You … it can be a case of Sorry Mate I Forgot I Saw You.

The phenomenon was discovered in a University of Nottingham study into crashes where drivers failed to give way to motorcycles.

Basically they say drivers see riders, but their short-term memory forgets.

The result is they pull out in front of the rider, resulting in a crash, often with dire consequences for the rider.

The uni researchers said drivers are five times more likely to forget seeing a motorcycle than a car.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MotoCAP wins international safety award

Australian safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing, MotoCAP, has won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

MotoCAP, which was launched in September last year, is the first of its type in the world and has now rated 171 items of clothing, including 43 pairs of pants, 82 jackets and 46 pairs of gloves.

FIM award

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Guy Stanford

The award, presented this morning (2 December 2019) in Monaco along with 40 other recipients, has been applauded by Australian Motorcycle Council chair Guy Stanford.

“We are very pleased with the FIM award which demonstrates the value of the MotoCAP program worldwide,” he says.

“Clothing manufacturers’ advertising is not always a credible source of what is useful when a crash happens or heat fatigue arises in the Australian summer.”

MotoCAP gives clothing two separate star ratings – one for protection and one for heat management (“comfort”).

AMC Protective Clothing sub-committee chair Brian Wood also points out that MotoCAP tests the whole garment, unlike European Protective Clothing Standards which only tests samples of fabrics, fastenings and stitching.

“(It) gives the motorcycle community more information when they are making choices about the clothing they wear when riding,” he says.

MotoCAP history

Motocap Motorcycle clothing rating system launched testingMotoCAP is the outcome of almost 20 years research and consultations, led by Dr Liz de Rome, with the support of the Australian Motorcycle Council. The key milestones include:

  • 2003 – The Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCC) obtained a grant from the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (MAA) to investigate the features of effective motorcycle personal protective equipment (PPE).The outcome was a report and the establishment of websites for the MCC and the Accident Compensation Commission (NZ) to provide information about protective clothing and other motorcycle safety issues to riders in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 2005 – A national PPE industry seminar was held by the MCC with the support and funding of the MAA to consider the implications of the European Standards for PPE. A proposal to establish an Australian star rating scheme for PPE was canvassed and supported by the participants.
  • 2006 – The roads authority of Victoria (VicRoads), commissioned a report investigating the options for a star rating scheme compared to industry standards for PPE.
  • 2007 – The National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) funded a survey of novice riders to establish their knowledge, information sources and usage of PPE.
  • 2008 – Swann Motorcycle Insurance funded a study of the injury reduction benefits of the clothing worn by injured and un-injured riders involved serious crashes. The study confirmed the potential for PPE to reduce the risk and severity of injuries, but also identified high rates of garment failure under crash conditions. The study also validated the impact risk zones framework of the European standards against clothing damage and rider injuries in real world crashes.
  • 2008 – PPE researcher invited to give a presentation on protective clothing research to members at the AMC Annual Conference.
  • 2009 – AMC successfully lobbied Federal Government for funding to publish and distribute a guide to riders on the features of effective motorcycle protective clothing ‘The Good Gear Guide’.
  • 2010 – 2012 – The State of Victoria, Parliamentary Road Safety Committee convened a series of meetings to “inquire into, consider and report… on motorcycle safety.” The formation of a star rating scheme for motorcyclists’ apparel was supported by Recommendations 51 – 53. (Parliamentary Road safety Committee 2012)
  • 2011–-  The Australian and New Zealand Government Injury Insurance agencies commissioned industry consultations and research into the development of a model for providing riders with reliable information when buying motorcycle protective gear.
  • 2011 – The Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) organised a series of state-wide seminars – entitled “What’s Safe?” – which covered the testing and other assessments of motorcyclists’ clothing, of which riders, retailers and clothing suppliers were amongst the interested parties who attended.
  • 2012 – The TAC conducted feasibility studies including community and industry consultations to establish support for a PPE ratings program.
  • 2014 – the NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust funded an investigation of the impact of thermally inefficient PPE worn in hot conditions on rider fatigue, reaction times and mood.

    Testing motorcycle in the thermal chamber (from left) research assistant Liz Taylor, volunteer rider Dr Greg Peoples, Liz de Rome and Nigel Taylor. rating award
    Motorcycle gear tested in a thermal chamber with (from left) research assistant Liz Taylor, volunteer rider Dr Greg Peoples, Liz de Rome and Nigel Taylor.

  • 2014 – The AMC formed a Protective Clothing Sub-Committee which developed a Position Statement on Protective Clothing from a rider’s perspective.
  • 2014 2015, 2016 – AMC Annual Conferences invited PPE researchers to provide updates on research progress on protective clothing.
  • 2015 – The AMC collated and listed CE approved gear available in Australia on its website to assist riders in choosing suitable gear. The AMC joined the Australian and New Zealand Working Group tasked to develop a 5 Star Rating scheme.
  • 2015 – The Motorcycle Protective Clothing working group formed, consisting of 10 members from government agencies and motoring clubs, led by the TAC.
  • 2015 – NSW Parliamentary Stay Safe Committee Inquiry into motorcycle safety recommended that a star rating scheme for motorcyclists protective clothing be developed (Staysafe Committee 2015).
  • 2015 – The NSW Minister for Roads, announced the establishment of a national project to develop a consumer rating program for motorcycle protective clothing and to encourage manufacturers to provide a range of more effective protective clothing suitable for Australian conditions (NSW Government 2015).
  • 2016 – The science program ‘Catalyst’ produced a segment on motorcycle protective clothing, this was broadcast by the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) 
  • 2016 – The Transport for NSW, Centre for Road Safety (CRS) assumed the lead role for the Motorcycle Protective Clothing working group and commissioned the development of test protocols for a PPE star rating scheme in consultation with industry (de Rome et al 2016). The CRS actively sought interested parties, and the consortium grew to 20 members.
  • 2016 – Dr Liz de Rome and Dr Chris Hurren from Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials were contracted to the consortium to develop test and rating protocols for motorcycle protective clothing.

    MotoCAP senior researcher Dr Chris Hurren award
    Chris Hurren and his Honda GB400

  • 2016 – The test protocols were distributed for comment to the motorcycle accessories industry in Australia and New Zealand including local manufacturers and importers.
  • 2017 – Liz and C hris were contracted to trial the test protocols fr a 12-month period, allowing time for industry to respond. Product test results were released on a confidential basis to the relevant local manufacturer or importer.
  • 2018 – The doctors were contracted to the consortium to conduct testing of motorcycle protective clothing for publication under the MotoCAP program.
  • 2018 – The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program, or MotoCAP, and the accompanying website, www.motocap.com.au, were launched in September by the MotoCAP working group, with products tested at the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials. At launch, there were 20 products rated on the website. At the time of this submission, there were 128 products on the website, with the site frequently updated.

Under MotoCAP, the National Association of Testing Authorities-accredited laboratory at Deakin University, led by Dr Chris Hurren, tests and rates the protective performance and thermal management of a random sample of the motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves available in Australia and New Zealand.

The CRS publishes the results on the MotoCAP website on behalf of the consortium.  The ratings use the same test methods as current European standards, and rather than using a simple pass/fail score, they allow products to be ranked and rated on their relative performance, allowing riders to choose the most appropriate gear for their riding conditions.

The draft test protocols have been distributed widely across the Australian and New Zealand industry, including to importers and manufacturers, to enable industry to test their own products against the MotoCAP requirements.

  • MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Win a Lego Harley-Davidson for Christmas

Christmas is coming and Motorbike Writer is playing Santa with the chance to win a Lego Harley-Davidson Fat Boy costing $A159.99.

To win, simply click here and subscribe to our free weekly newsletter. If you’re already one of our thousands of subscribers, track down the Facebook post for this article and tag a friend or post this article on your FB timeline and tag Motorbike Writer!

The competition is open to Australian readers only and ends on 10 December 2019 so we can post out in time for Christmas.

We will announce the winner in next week’s free email newsletter (10 December 2019).Lego Harley-Davidson Fat Boy scale model

Lego leanings

Our regular Gold Coast contributor Todd Parkes is a Lego fan and recently put together the Harley Fat Boy as well as a Lego BMW R 1200 GS.

“You may not have the skills and knowledge, money or time to build the real thing but Lego of recent times have released a number of licensed motorbike construction kits based on the real thing,” he says.

Todd has been spending quite a few hours lately at the workbench in his garage building the licensed Lego motorcycles.

Todd's complete Lego bikes
Todd’s complete Lego bikes

“They are quite large in scale being around a foot long fully built and in the region of 1000 pieces in the Harley case,” he says.

“It means several hours or even days to put together — Milwaukee could build one of the real things quicker but we get the enjoyment of being able to do it ourselves.”

He says the instruction booklets contain more than 150 pages of in-depth instructional steps.

“Lego has always specialised in easy-to-read and explicit instructions,” he says.

“The bonus of the licensed kits is that within the instructional manual are several feature articles of the company and the motorcycle it is based on making it quite the collector item.” 

Anyone can do it

Lego Harley
Half way there!

Todd says anyone able to follow directions, sort shapes and colours and some Lego experience can manage it with “patience”.

“I needed some of that as there were a couple of times I missed a brick here or a subtle fit there and several pages and instructions later went oops and had to backtrack,” he says. 

“Building the intricacies of the bike such as the primary drive gears, oil tank, a creatively constructed finned air cleaner and even the 43-piece chain assembly make this quite the satisfying build.”

Todd says another downside is the “chunkiness” that comes with building with bricks.

“Technology and design advances have been at work though and curves are becoming a stronger feature of a Lego creation kit, ensuring that the finished build is as realistic as possible,” he says.

“The brick building company has surged in popularity from its low a couple of decades ago.

“Part of that has been by catering for the older collector generation through licensed kits such as the Mustang, Porsche, even earth movers from the CAT range.

Mecanno gets into the act

Meccano has also joined the action with its licensed and generic motorcycle kits featuring the Ducati Monster 1200S and GP Desmo.

Christmas isn’t just for kids, Todd says.

“Next time the big kid in you wants to come out and play or your real steed is grounded, pull up a stool at your work bench, crack open the box and build a kit like this,” he says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Riders get ready to rumble!

If you head into roadworks, get ready to rumble over new temporary yellow rumble strips that have been deemed a safe for motorcycles.

The temporary portable rumble strips have been trialled in NSW for the past two years and have been used in other states including Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland for a few years.

Now the bright yellow 20mm high strips are being formally introduced into NSW. 

Rumble safelyRumble strips roadworks

Rumble strips roadworks
Temporary rumble strips are used throughout the world

We asked SafeWork NSW if the strips would pose a slip hazard for riders, but they claim they “are safe for vehicles to drive over, including motorcyclists”.

We suggest riders approach the strips slowly and at right angles so the front wheel doesn’t slip along the leading edge.

They will be installed along with road signs and warnings on selected roadwork sites where the speed limit is 60km/h or less.  

These rumble strips do exactly that … they “rumble” or vibrate when you ride over them.

They may also cause a slight bump in your bike’s steering.

Roadworks crashes

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Waiting at roadworks lights

SafeWork NSW Executive Director Operations, Tony Williams, says the temporary strips are a response to crashes at roadworks.

“With the current amount of roadwork projects and investment in NSW the more workers we have out there developing our infrastructure, the more we need to address the risks associated with construction work,” he says. 

Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for roadworks.

“Many workers are seriously injured or killed when hit by moving plant, or in on-site vehicle collisions. 

“Last month a worker sustained multiple fractures after he was struck by a vehicle when collecting warning signs at a Hornsby roadwork site. 

“Rumble strips are a simple way to remind drivers and motorists that they are in a higher risk area. 

“Other essential safe work systems include separating workers from moving plant and vehicles wherever possible, with physical barricades, exclusion zones and segregated work processes.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Thanksgiving turkey attacks motorcycle cop!

Maybe we should carry a turkey with us on our motorcycles this Thanksgiving to protect us from getting a speeding ticket from the police.

It certainly worked for this driver who will be giving thanks to a turkey this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving turkey

The driver didn’t have the turkey in his car; it just showed up to rescue him from the motorcycle cop who had pulled him over for speeding.

But perhaps it would be a good idea to have one on hand!

Anyway, the incident occurred in San Francisco and the Livermore Police Department thought it funny enough to release the body camera video.

After the wild turkey chases the officer, he gives up and says: “You’re not getting a ticket, he doesn’t want you to get a ticket!”

We don’t think it was a Thanksgiving prank, but a genuine situation.

The department has also posted the video on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Maybe we should add turkeys to this guide on what to do when pulled over by police!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Three riders injured in two getaways

Three riders have been injured in getaways from police and a crime scene in the past week on the Gold Coast.

A rider who evaded Gold Coast Police about 7pm yesterday (29 November 2019) was later injured in a crash with a car at Broadbeach Waters.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Rio Vista and Hooker Boulevards, where the motorcycle and a car had collided.

The rider was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the car was not physically injured.

Police say it was a “traffic intercept” but the rider allegedly failed to stop.

“Police did not follow,” they say.

The man remains in hospital and has yet not been charged.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1902374337

Stolen bike

It follows an incident earlier in the week where two men were hospitalised in serious conditions after trying to flee on a stolen motorcycle after an alleged break-in attempt in Kingsholme.

Police believe they were attempting to break into a home on Upper Ormeau Road around 6pm, when they were caught by neighbours.

One of the neighbours reportedly was hit in the face with a bag wielded by one of the mean and another suffered a broken nose in the scuffle.

The two alleged offenders fled the scene on a motorbike but crashed a little way down the road.

They’ve were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in serious but stable conditions.

A 26-year-old Logan Central man and a 33-year-old Logan Central man were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, armed robbery and burglary.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Unidentified rider dies in crash

An as-yet unidentified male rider has died in a motorcycle crash at Tallandoon, Victoria, this morning (29 November 2019).

Victoria Police and emergency services were called to the heavily wooded Lockharts Gap Road (above) after reports a motorcycle had veered down an embankment about 9.45am.

The male rider, who is yet formally unidentified, died at the scene.

Investigations continue into the cause of the crash.

Lockharts Gap Road remains closed between the Omeo Highway and Sandy Creek.

Victorian Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage to contact Wodonga Highway Patrol or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

Death toll

Victoria Solo Unit motorcycle police uniforms long weekend visible
Victoria Solo Unit motorcycle police

The tragic death brings the Victorian motorcycle death toll so far this year to 42, which is six more than last year and well above the five-year average of 34.

That’s an increase of 14% over the previous year, while driver deaths are up 12%.

However, cyclist deaths are up 80%, followed by passengers 45% and pedestrians 42%.

All up, Victoria’s road toll is 241 so far this year which is 24% up on the same time last year and 5.7% above the five-year average of 228.

Clearly the current road policing strategy is not working and there is a need to try new initiatives, not just target motorcyclists.

Yesterday NSW Police stepped up patrols in regional areas for this weekend and last month VicPol monitored riders heading to the Phillip Island MotoGP in their annual Operation MotoSafe. 

Eastern Region Road Policing Inspector Stephen Cooper said at the time that this year has been “particularly challenging” on Victorian roads, with a “lot of the trauma taking place in country Victoria”. 

“At the beginning of the year we saw a lot of fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcyclists,” Insp Cooper said. 

“With the warmer weather encouraging riders to get back on their motorcycles, we want everyone to know that police will be out enforcing against those who engage in risky behaviour.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Lithium-ion batteries made lighter and safer

Electric motorcycles could benefit from Deakin University research which makes lithium-ion batteries smaller, lighter and less likely to burst into flame.

Research fellows at Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials Research, Dr Fangfang Chen and Dr Xiaoen Wang, say their discovery means lithium-ion batteries would no longer pose a fire risk.

They have achieved this by replacing highly volatile liquid electrolytes with a solid material made from common industrial polymers. 

Lithium on fire!

While lithium batteries in Tesla and some laptops and phones have exploded in flame, the only known issues with electric motorcycles have involved overheating chargers.

The issues recently caused Harley-Davidson to temporarily suspend production of its electric LiveWire and sparked a fire which destroyed all the Energica MotoE racing bikes earlier this year(image top of page).

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LiveWire on a fast charger

The Deakin Uni finding has the potential to be applied to all lithium-ion batteries, including those used in electric motorcycles.

Dr Wang says almost all electric vehicles using lithium batteries are based on liquid electrolytes.

“If we use solid-state electrolytes in these applications, we will definitely make these batteries safer, with the potential to affect all applications where batteries are used, including motorcycles,” he tells us.

He says it does not specifically address the Energica and Harley charging issue.

But will it add to the cost, size and weight of batteries?

“We are at a finding stage,” Dr Wang says.

“Currently, there’s no all-solid-state battery available on the market that’s free from flammable components, and there’s still many challenges to make solid-state batteries competitive with current batteries in terms of price point.

“Our focus is developing one of the components for solid state batteries, which is the key to making them safer for everyone and hopefully a game changer in the lithium-ion battery world.

“The batteries will be lighter and smaller on the basis of the same energy. So, the same size battery that is in a phone now, using our findings, could last double the time, or alternatively, the batteries could last the same time as now – but be half the size.”

That’s a boon to electric motorcycles where size and weight is more important than in larger vehicles.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle lithium
Harley-Davidson LiveWire lithium-ion battery

How it works

The Deakin researchers have “reinvented the way polymer interacts with lithium salt, removing the normally highly flammable properties of traditional lithium batteries”, says Dr Chen.

They say they’ve used existing commercial polymer materials to create the new process, meaning the formulation could be applied commercially with little difficulty.

“All of the products that we’ve used to make this safer battery process already exist in the market,” Dr Wang says.

“Polymers have been used as battery conductors for over 50 years, but we’re the first to use existing commercial polymer in an improved way.

“We’ve done this by weakly bonding the lithium ion with polymer, creating solid polymer electrolytes. We believe this is the first clear and useful example of liquid-free and efficient transportation of lithium-ion in the scientific community.”

So far they’ve proven the process in coin cell batteries, similar to a watch battery size, with the next step being to scale up the batteries to bigger applications – such as for a mobile phone.

It may be some time before they are used in electric motorcycles and other electric vehicles.

Their research is now published by Joule.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com