'project Electrom' Is A Honda Grom With A 50hp Electric Motor

'Project Electrom' is a Honda Grom with a 50HP electric motor

With the onset of the electric vehicle revolution, aftermarket conversions that replace internal combustion engines have skyrocketed in popularity. The ambitious projects aren't limited to old rides either. Some wild individuals are converting brand-new vehicles into torquey green funmobiles. The latest example is a 2019 Honda Grom with a 50-horsepower electric motor from an Alta Motors motorcycle.  Highlighted on Asphalt & Rubber, the men behind this project met each other on an Alta forum. The founder of ElectroBraap, a motorcycle-focused enthusiast brand, was looking to electrify the Grom minibike, and he called upon Mark Christman, a retired aerospace engineer, avid motorcyclist, and owner of custom design and fabrication company MSC Performance, who had all the tools and craftsmanship to make Project Electrom a reality. ElectroBraap stripped the bike down to its frame and drove to L.A. to meet Christman, who helped lay out exactly what needed to happen. The video explains the full extent of the changes made to the Grom equipment, but some of the major alterations include a new bulkhead design, a chopped gas tank-turned-electronics-housing, custom brackets, and plenty of custom spacers. The chassis and body were not modified at all. The powertrain was sourced from an Alta Motors Redshift MXR dirt bike (R.I.P., Alta). It has a 350-volt battery that powers an electric motor that makes roughly 50 horsepower and 42 lb-ft of torque in stock form. That can be bumped up to 60 horsepower when properly finessed. Considering the Grom comes standard with a 9.7 hp, 125cc engine, that is an absolutely absurd amount of power for such a tiny bike.  Watch the video above to see how everything comes together.           View this post on Instagram                  

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Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

The problem with electric cars is that they usually take a while to charge. Even fast charging still cannot compare to the speed it takes to refill a car with gas. We imagine that eventually there could be a point in time when we get used to charging times or when charging times drop, but until then, it seems that Toyota is exploring a new electric car concept.

As you can see in the photo above, Toyota is experimenting with a new electric car concept that comes with solar panels built into the roof, bonnet, and boot of the car. What this means is that as the car drives, the solar panels will be capable of drawing power from the sun, which in turn keeps the car’s battery charged.

Mazda's Electric Car Will Finally Launch In 2020

Mazda's Electric Car Will Finally Launch In 2020

We expect that eventually, all our cars will become fully electric. This seems like a logical progression given the focus and emphasis placed on sustainability, and many car makers have actually been increasing their efforts at making EVs. Heck, even non-car companies such as Walmart are also doing their part by expanding on the number of charging stations available at their stores.

Oddly enough, Mazda has actually been rather quiet about its EV efforts, but that is expected to change soon because the company has confirmed their plans for their first EV that will debut in 2020. This is according to an interview that Mazda’s CEO Akira Marumoto did with Automotive News Europe where he revealed that the company’s first EV will be launching in 2020.

Toyota, Subaru Developing Rav4-sized Electric Crossover And Platform For More Evs

Toyota, Subaru developing RAV4-sized electric crossover and platform for more EVs

TOKYO — Toyota and Subaru announced they will jointly develop a battery-electric crossover on a platform developed for multiple production vehicles. The first crossover built on the platform will be a C-segment vehicle, which will be a small vehicle similar in size to a Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester. It will also be sold by both brands with altered styling and badging.

The small crossover will only be the first vehicle to use the platform, though, as it's being developed for use in medium-small C-segment sedans and both D-segment larger sedans and crossovers. So we could see electric cars similar to the Corolla and Impreza, Camry and Legacy, and even the Highlander and Ascent on this platform in the future.