E-Core inventor wants to replace the world’s millions of 50cc engines with electric motors

Benjamin Surain from Belgium has developed a set of batteries and electric motors that would directly replace the ubiquitous 50cc petrol engines that power millions and millions of mopeds and scooters around the world.

Surain calls his idea E-Core. It incorporates a removable 1200 watt-hour battery that can be carried inside for recharging and a 3 kW (4 hp) electric motor. The performance between the conventional motor and the electric drivetrain is about the same, except the motor has a peak power rating of 8 kW (12 hp), which could transform the driving characteristics of all mopeds that have a maximum of about 2.5 kW (3 hp) available.

Image courtesy of E-Core/Benjamin Surain

Surain joined forces with Guy Salens, founder of Electric Motorcycle Newsthe E-center in the Netherlands, and Biker. They are calling their new collaboration ON with the hashtag #pushthebutton, which will promote the use of lightweight electric vehicles for last mile solutions and personal mobility.

The concept behind the E-Core is simple. Unbolt the old 50cc combustion engine and transmission, bolt on the E core, add a bracket to take the weight of the battery, connect the wires and throttle, and away you go. The design should be flexible enough to fit as many 50cc scooters and mopeds as possible. Sounds easy, but getting to this point hasn’t been easy.

Image courtesy of E-Core/Benjamin Surain

Surain tells The pack, “The E-Core project is a paradigm shift in the usual design of my 2 electric wheels. I have always designed and prototyped from scratch, creating an entirely new model. It also required a lot of drawing, CAD and manufacturing time. As the parts were not standardized, this generated high costs, many hours of drawing, manufacturing, assembly, testing, corrections, but a lot of satisfaction when certain problems were solved…”

“The prototype is already running and is currently undergoing various tests,” he says. “During development, I also keep in mind that the finished product should be as cheap as possible in order to be considered as an alternative to a normal replacement engine. For manufacturing and distribution, I am always on the lookout. looking for investors who believe in this project like me.

Many urban areas are considering a complete ban on internal combustion engines. Replacing small internal combustion engines with an E-Core powertrain would be more sustainable than scrapping millions of mopeds and producing new ones.

Investors wanted

Surain and Salens are looking for investors who believe in sustainable transportation to advance their E-Core technology. When you think about it, taking millions of small combustion engines off the road would have a bigger impact on transportation carbon emissions than a new million-dollar electric hypercar.

The key to the commercial success of the E-Core is mass production. Maybe a big moped manufacturer will partner with Surain and Salens or maybe Amazon decides to get into scooter conversions. It’s an idea worth pursuing. If you’ve got a few million lying around and you don’t know what to do, call these guys. There is a business opportunity here for a visionary investor.

Oh, and if you think this all sounds boring, watch this!

Image courtesy of E-Core/Benjamin Surain

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