It’s simple to understand why the military would want electric motorcycles. These type of technology on a motorcycle platform would provide easy and stealthy transitioning over rough, enemy terrain.
And now, Logos Technologies have received a small business innovation research (SBIR) grant from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop hybrid-electric motorcycles for military use.
Logos Technologies will work with San Francisco-based electric motorcycle producer BRD. Logos will combine its multifuel hybrid-electric power system with an off-road electric motorcycle platform built by BRD.
Logos says this initiative will be the first time that a two-wheel-drive, multifuel hybrid capability has been integrated into a full-size off-road motorcycle.
“Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of U.S. expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments,” says Wade Pulliam, manager of advanced concepts at Logos Technologies.
“With a growing need to operate small units far from logistical support, the military may increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.”
Beyond the efficiency and mobility improvements the design aims to bring, the hybrid-electric approach also allows for extended periods of near-silent, electric-only-propulsion as well as the generation of supplemental electric power for use by personnel in the field, Logos reports.
“Our advanced yet affordable offering will provide operators the near-silent capability and ease of operation, of an all-electric vehicle along with the adaptable power generation and extended range of a multifuel internal combustion engine,” Pulliam says.
“By utilizing our team’s experience developing similar hybrid-powered projects and first-in-class electric motorcycles, the Logos Technologies-BRD partnership seeks to deliver a highly capable low-risk and proven product.”
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About Logos Technologies
Founded in 1996, Logos Technologies, LLC is a diversified science, engineering and technology company specializing in the fields of advanced sensors, wide area motion imagery, cyber operations, advanced analytics and processing of large, multisource datasets. Logos serves government customers including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, as well as a range of customers in commercial and international markets. Learn more at
BRD is a high-performance electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Composed of motorcycle and electric vehicle industry veterans, product designers and racers, the BRD team is creating the next evolution in motorcycles. BRD’s innovative electric drive technology provides unprecedented performance and control, connecting riders to their machines intuitively, aadfdadfdnd taking their abilities to the next level.