Norton Motorcycles has been awarded funding through the government’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop electric motorbikes in the UK.

To deliver the 30-month Zero Emission Norton project, the firm will work with specialist project partners including Delta Cosworth which will design the battery pack, while HiSpeed will concentrate on motor and inverter design and manufacturing.

Formaplex Technologies will work on precision composites manufacturing and M&I Materials will look at applications of dielectric cooling with its Mivolt fluids.

Meanwhile, Indra Renewable Technologies will focus on home charging technology, and WMG, University of Warwick on battery technology, modelling and toolchain development.

In April 2020 Norton Motorcycles was acquired by TVS Motor Company, India’s third-largest motorcycle manufacturer.

Norton is based out of a new manufacturing facility in Solihull, West Midlands, using traditional hand-crafted techniques with modern day machinery.

Robert Hentschel, CEO Norton Motorcycles said, “This significant funding investment is a momentous milestone for the brand as it marks the beginning of our electrification journey and fulfilling our ten-year product plan.

“Working alongside our world class partners, we’re confident that project Zero Emission Norton will eliminate the current dispute between a conventional and electric motorcycle to create EV products that riders desire.”

Ian Constance, Chief Executive of the APC, said, “Norton is an iconic British brand with a proud history.

“From making motorcycles, to supporting the second world war effort, to developing the world’s first production superbike, they are now looking to the future with an electric bike that will deliver both performance and range.”

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