- Designed electric motorcycle that outperforms gas equivalent
- Cut motorcycle mass by one-third
- Increased motorcycle strength by 10 percent
- Eliminated hundreds of potential prototypes
A smooth, perfectly responsive torque curve—with no gaps when the bike upshifts or downshifts—has long been the dream of motorcycle riders. A group of motorcycle enthusiasts from California has established Alta Motors to produce performance electric bikes for the mainstream market and turn this dream into a reality. The company’s first order of business was to quickly and cost-effectively develop a functioning prototype, for which it needed a robust product development solution.
Alta selected the SOLIDWORKS product development suite because the solutions are easy to use, fully integrated, and extremely capable. The company has implemented SOLIDWORKS Professional design, SOLIDWORKS Premium engineering, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium finite element analysis (FEA), SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, and SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM product data management software. By using SOLIDWORKS, Alta designed an electric motorcycle that outperforms its gas equivalent, cut motorcycle mass by one-third, increased motorcycle strength by 10 percent, and eliminated hundreds of potential prototypes.
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Products(s) Used: SolidWorks Simulation Premium
Benefit: Value, Results, Power, Implementation, Data Exchange, Career Advancement, Focus on Design, Design Better Products, Total Cost of Ownership, Innovation, Manufacturability, Improve Quality