A team of Duke University students and engineers in the US has created an electric monowheel, named EV300. It is the fastest electric monowheel of its kind, aiming to reach a top speed of over 72 kmph. This electric monowheel also wants to be faster than the normal monowheel of petrol engines by attempting to reach a top speed of 98 kmph. In fact, they have also received approval from the Guinness Book of World Records to attempt a record-breaking run, while it has been delayed due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
The EV360 is designed and developed almost entirely at the University’s Innovation Co-Lab. They built it using a host of fabricated metal and 3D-printed components. This electric monocycle is powered by a 23 kW motor that generates a peak power output of 11 kW. Since it is designed to achieve speeds in excess of 112 kmph, this monocycle is sufficient to help create a record-break run. It is connected to a 1.58 kWh lithium-polymer battery, which can offer a range of up to 14 km on the ride at a speed of about 32 kmph. Its throttle setup is similar to an electric motorcycle and is routed through a braking disc.
The team says that this project is the perfect opportunity to apply the principles learned in classrooms. This monocycle concept looks cool, its drawbacks far outweigh its advantages. This attractive design does not allow efficient steering. Team head Anuj Thakur says that the steering angle is so small that it is possible to maintain only one direction, it is quite difficult to operate during turns.