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What About An Electric Can-Am Spyder F3-S?

Could A Can Am Electric Spyder Take Off?

Updated August 13, 2018

The Can-Am Spyder is one of those things that you either love or hate – and nothing divides opinion more than electric vehicles. So here’s a curious social experiment: what do we think of an Can-Am electric Spyder F3-S? The scientists and engineers at BRP’s Centre de Technologies Avancées (CTA) at the Sherbrooke University in Quebec seem to think it’s a wonderful idea. So, working in partnership with Can-Am, they’ve produced this: the Spyder F3-S Bombardier concept – an all-electric version of the infamous three wheeled trike. First impressions, anyone? We think the American motorcycling population will need some serious persuading before they bite – but full marks for effort.

Can Am Electric Concept: The Spyder F3 E

Personally, I’m not a fan of the Can-Am Spyder, but I am interested in anything that involves electric development. In that respect, the Spyder isn’t a bad platform to work with as it naturally has more space to house larger batteries, and would probably be a more practical electric vehicle than most two wheeled concepts that we’ve seen. However, the details about this project are few and far between.

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We do know that CTA designed and patented the special battery pack. It goes by the name of the “e-tank” and stores 16 kWh of energy, allowing the Spyder F3-S E a range of up to 106 miles. It might not sound a lot, but compared with the range of the Zero FX or the current model of the Harley LiveWire (both roughly around the 50 miles marker) it’s not too shabby at all, and a definite step in the right direction. The new battery pack powers a modest electric motor that produces 67 hp…and 147 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm.

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Apart from the obvious changes in the engine department, the 20 strong team of students have also redesigned the wheels and fenders for the F3-S E reducing drag by 5%. The project began in 2010 and has cost $11.3 million so far. It’s a small amount of money to pay for such interesting developments in the electric battery department, and the result has been a resounding success. I hope a production version of the Can-Am electric Spyder F3-S will be coming in the near future. But would you ride it, though?

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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