Norton Motorcycles has decided to design and develop electric motorcycles at its UK plant, after receiving funding from Advanced Propulsion Centre 19 (APC).
The team at Norton says that it will refine the traditional Norton electric motorcycles design DNA but offer a hint of modernity by way of innovations and digital solutions on the new electric motorcycle.
Norton wants to manufacture an electric motorcycle that will look unmistakably like a Norton and offer exceptional performance and touring range. Norton says that the design of the new EV will not be compromised by the weight and the size of battery.
Norton has also onboarded specialist partners for the R&D on this project. The team encompasses Delta Cosworth, HiSpeed Limited, Formaplex Technologies, M&I Materials, INDRA and academic partner WMG (The University of Warwick).
Norton will work alongside these partners to develop world-class technology and products that will enhance the UK supply chain for all the critical components in electric vehicle (EV) technology including batteries, motors, chassis, cooling oils and vehicle-to-home chargers.
Each partner on the project will have a specialist part to play in project Zero Emission Norton. Delta Cosworth will design the battery pack, while HiSpeed Limited bring motor design and manufacturing skills.
Formaplex Technologies have expertise in precision composites manufacturing and M&I Materials will support on applications of dielectric cooling oils.
INDRA specializes in vehicle-to-home charging technology and WMG (The University of Warwick) majors on battery technology, modelling and toolchain development.