EMX Powertrain

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This company is doing everything it can to make motorsports sustainable

'Alone you will go far but together you will go further'

Elmar Dohms, owner and founder of EMX Powertrain

About EMX Powertrain

"EMX Powertrain is a manufacturer of electric dirt bikes. Furthermore, we develop high performance electric powertrains in jargon called "electric powertrains" for the offroad and road light vehicle industry, such as the road bike that you can ride with a category A1 and A2 driver's license. The technology has been developed in such a way that it can also be applied to electrifying other light vehicles such as a quad bike, kart or baby carriage," explains Elmar.

LIOF and EMX Powertrain

What 'problem' are you solving?
Elmar says: "The sport of motocross is under increasing pressure if we don't find a solution for the stricter environmental requirements, noise and emissions. Particularly due to noise pollution, tracks are increasingly restricted in their opening hours or even closed. For this we need to become more sustainable and reduce the noise level."

"In 2019, EMX Powertrain started the development of an electric powertrain that will be integrated into an existing motocross chassis Yamaha. The EMX Powertrain team has been working hard on the first commercial application of the EMX high-performance electric powertrain. After two years of development, the electric motocross bike 'XF30' has recently been launched mainly for the European, Scandinavian and UK markets."

"EMX Powertrain ensures that both professional and recreational motocross sport can be practiced sustainably in the future."

Sustainable motorcycling, that almost sounds contradictory
. "The XF30 is an electric motocross bike with clean technology, which emits no particulate matter and has a low noise level. In addition, the engine has a perfect balance of power and leverage. With a high quality battery pack, the bike has its distinctive dirtbike look and feel while maintaining its ride quality," says Elmar.

The team's efforts have been rewarded. EMX Powertrain has been named one of the first official electric motorcycle manufacturers for an all-new electric cross and off-road motorcycle championship, which has its roots in Formula E, FIM E-Xplorer World Cup (FIM stands for Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme).

They supply several racing teams EMX dirt bikes, which will compete with each other. EMX Powertrain also has the ambition to participate with their own Factory Racing Team in this electric World Cup.

These teams will compete against each other.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome as a startup?
Elmar: "We are in a niche market which means it is not directly on the radar of sustainable mobility. Getting potential partners interested therefore takes more time and energy."

What is your dot on the horizon?
Elmar: "EMX Powertrain is looking for future strategic cooperation for long-term growth to deliver great value and benefits for the sustainable motor industry. In the energy transition of mobility of road - and offroad light vehicles there are still many applications possible for compact electric powertrains that we can develop, produce and sell with partners."

In conclusion, what tip do you give startup entrepreneurs?
"You don't do a technological development of this magnitude alone, for this you need a team of partners. Look for collaboration across the board, because alone you will go far but together you will go further," said Elmar. For more information, visit the website of EMX Powertrain.