Electric motorcycle for military use: Paratroopers are testing the Sur-Ron Light Bee X – Notebookcheck.net
Besides regular consumers, military forces around the world are also slowly but surely starting to consider the utilization of electric vehicles. While most military vehicles continue to use internal combustion engines due to their hefty weight, two recently launched trials are now set to explore the advantages of electric motorcycles for military use.
According to various reports, the British as well as the Australian Army have both begun equipping some of their members with the Sur-Ron Light Bee X, whose civilian variant is also marketed as the Sur-Ron Firefly in some countries and is priced at around US$4,200. The military version of this electric off-road motorcycle weighs just 103 pounds excluding the battery, but it still manages to deliver 8 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour. The projected range of up to 60 miles should also be sufficient for many military use cases, and despite its low weight, the Sur-Ron Light Bee X can carry a load of up to 220 pounds.
Understandably, sustainability is not exactly paramount to these electric motorcycle trials. But for paratroopers of the UK’s 16 Air Assault Brigade, the low weight of the Sur-Ron Light Bee X appears to be an immense advantage when airdropping from airplanes and helicopters, while the completely silent idling also makes the electric off-road motorcycle tactically superior for reconnaissance missions. For more details on this exciting military experiment involving the Sur-Ron Light Bee X, we recommend the comprehensive report by a reporter who experienced the electric bike trial of the British Army first hand.
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