Electric motorcycle designer Eva Håkansson impressed product design enthusiasts at ecentre on Wednesday May 1 with a presentation about revolutionising electric motorcycle design in pursuit of a world record.
Eva was invited by Innovator In Residence Dr Aruna Shekar as part of PDMA New Zealand’s partnership with ecentre and Massey University.
A University of Auckland CAD and engineering teacher who hails from a family of Swedish motorcycle innovators, Eva Håkansson recently became the fastest woman motorcycle rider on earth achieving 434 km/h on an electric motorcycle she built herself in her backyard garage.
Eva describes her racing as “eco-activism in disguise” because she uses high speed racing as a channel to open people’s eyes and minds for sustainable technology and inspire interest in STEM.
At the May 1 gathering of ecentre students, Bachelor of Product Development students and PDMA members, Eva showed off parts of her new streamliner motorcycle Green Envy which she plans to debut in 2020 with a goal of the bike becoming the world’s fastest motorcycle.
Dr Aruna Shekar said Eva’s presentation included showing off a particularly innovative wheel with the right ‘bubbles’ to achieve maximum speed on the Bonneville Salt Plains – site of Burt Munro’s world record Indian motorcycle races in the 1960s (Munro is best known for achieving 295.453 km/h on a 950cc motorcycle.)
Eva also demonstrated a ‘wing’ – a large piece connecting some parts of the bike which she printed from her own 3D printer – a printer which Eva designed herself.
Dr Shekar said she admires Eva’s design attitude. “She’s willing to give anything a go, try it out and make it - she has 3D printed her own handbag, her shoes and she has miniature versions of her bike that she gave away to racing enthusiasts.”
“She has so much more to show and tell and we expect her for another PDMA meeting this year.”