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FIM E-Xplorer launches sustainability roadmap

June 29 2023 - News Release News Editorial

Following the launch of Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) E-Xplorer World Cup for electric motorcycles in December last year, along with the championship’s inaugural rounds in May and last weekend, FIM and E-Xplorer have created a road map on sustainability.

FIM E-Xplorer launches sustainability roadmap

The first section of the new roadmap has already been implemented with the launch of the 2023 season in Barcelona in May, with a category that allows teams to race an electric bike any consumer can purchase and modify. The format has been designed to amplify the motorcycle’s adaptability and versatility and to promote sustainable and environmental values while delivering an entertaining series. 

Valentin Guyonnet, E-Xplorer Chief Executive, said: “2023 is our foundation season. Our three core pillars are innovation – driving the development of EV power units in the two wheel world; equality – attracting the interest of women competitors to the sport and creating the only two wheel series which stipulates that each team must have a male and female rider; and of course creating a vibrant and exciting racing series to attract both the traditional spectators as well as introducing a young audience who will ultimately become the target customers for these bikes.

“2023 will deliver these objectives while our plans for the following two years will be to attract the major OEMS and examine other sustainable energy options as the race for complete sustainability marches on and new technologies are introduced.”

Next year, a second category is set to be introduced based on bespoke prototypes built specifically for this race format. The emphasis will be placed on manufacturers to promote their brand, technology and sustainability credentials. 

“I truly believe that this series has a bright future thanks to its pioneering format which will continue to grow in the years to come thanks to the passion and hard work of the team at E-Xplorer SA, the promoter of the series.” FIM President Jorge Viegas

The second year of E-Xplorer will also see changes to the sporting regulations with the introduction of longer format races showcasing bike capabilities, testing and pushing the development of power units. The changes on track and technology, an association of light electric vehicle manufacturers will be established to promote and drive progress in innovation.

The proposed roadmap for E-Xplorer will provide the opportunity for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to become important stakeholders in a series concentrated on future technologies. The series will also ensure the all-terrain and dual-purpose motorcycles can adapt to both loose-dirt and man-made surfaces, meaning that E-Xplorer can take place on the two types of surfaces.

FIM President Jorge Viegas added: “I had the pleasure of attending the second round in Crans-Montana this weekend. The FIM E-Xplorer World Cup combines competitive racing between female and male riders, technical innovation and sustainability, all this in incredible settings.

“I truly believe that this series has a bright future thanks to its pioneering format which will continue to grow in the years to come thanks to the passion and hard work of the team at E-Xplorer SA, the promoter of the series.”

Image: Ronald Plett from Pixabay

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