Vehicle: eMoto

Electric Motorcycles: eMoto

eMoto was designed and built in 2008 by a team member to demonstrate that low cost EV's are possible. Using all new parts available on the internet, eMoto was designed and constructed for $3000. For more information:

eMoto has since been used by the EVT to demonstrate custom battery pack designs and rapid charging. In 2009 members of the EVT designed and built a set of rapid-charging enabled battery modules using A123's 26650 cells, along with a custom charger. The relatively lower power requirements of eMoto prepare the team for the demands of the higher power elEVen sedan.


  • Range: 20-25 miles depending on conditions
  • Top Speed: 60 MPH (though limited by gearing to 45 MPH)
  • Weight: 300 lbs
  • Transmission: Direct drive 72 teeth sprocket in the rear and a 12 teeth pinion/gear on the motor
  • Braking: Regenerative and friction
  • Charging Time: ~1 hour (15 minutes soon to be demonstrated)
  • Energy Requirement: 70 to 75 Watt-hrs/mile
  • Electricity Cost: 1.5 cents/mile
  • Batteries: Custom A123 lithium ion
  • Voltage: 72 Volts
  • Motor Power: 7 kWatts Continuous (9 HP)

Recently the team has been working on a higher performance electric motorcycle using A123 prismatic modules.

Become a Sponsor

The team is actively seeking new sponsors of all levels to fund the electric motorcycle project via component donations and financial support. By becoming a sponsor you can support EV research, education, and demonstration at MIT, while gaining valuable promotion for you and your company. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the EVT Treasurer at More information, including a list of our current sponsors, is available here.