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ARC Announces Government Funding

ARC, the Coventry-based builder of the Vector electric hyperbike, is getting UK Government funding to develop a new motor system, giving a glimpse of the technology its next generation of battery bikes will use. the new dual motor set up, with integrated inverter, will debut on new motorcycles due for launch in 2026. ARC says that the new system will offer more performance and lower weight than the existing system while also, crucially on a motorcycle, taking weight out of the battery.

Named HiPERMOD, the new system is being developed in conjunction with Talos Techology, an electric drivetrain specialist which is based just down the road from ARC, in Warwick. The project is Government-funded through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

HiPERMOD, if it lives up to the claims, could also signify a step change for ARC’s product range, with the press handout picture showing a sports bike and adventure bike alongside the existing Vector, as well as a side-by-side ATV.

Jim Freeman, Chair of the BMF, welcomed the news, but thought the proof of the pudding would be in results. “We hear of technical developments in Evs on a monthly basis. This sounds like another. Anything which improves the power to weight ratio of an Ebike sounds like good news. Translated into range, rather than performance, a welcome step. Still doesn’t do anything for the infrastructure though. Just remember to charge outside your home.”

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Arc Vehicle