Tell us a bit about KillaJoule
I call KillaJoule “eco-activism in disguise”. My mission is to show that eco-friendly can be fast and fun, and hopefully make people that otherwise wouldn’t be interested in low-emission vehicles be aware of their potential.
Where did the idea come from?
Speed is a great way of showing the potential of battery power, because fast is always in fashion! Another purpose of the KillaJoule is also to show that women can be excellent engineers, and to encourage girls and women a career in science and technology. Also, I have to admit, that setting world records in a vehicle you built with your own hands and that you ride is really satisfying.
What could KillaJoule replace when it comes to land speed records?
A new streamliner motorcycle, the “Green Envy”, is on the drawing board with a planned debut in 2019. The ultimate goal for Green Envy is to become the world’s fastest motorcycle. Period.
What are the advantages of KillaJoule over what it replaces?
My passion for electric drive comes from its characteristics. An electric vehicle is like chocolate without calories: it gives me everything I want – power, speed, and torque, without the things I don’t want – pollution and noise. I know that engine sound isn’t considered a “noise” by many people, but the feeling of power and speed is actually much more intense in complete silence.
What has been the greatest challenge you have faced thus far?
Budget! Budget! Budget! As serious as my world records are and as slick as my on-line appearance may make it seem, my husband Bill and I are very much a garage team. Just Bill and myself working on the bike on weekends and evenings, behind our modest house in our two-car garage. Friends pitch in now and then, but we do the vast majority of the work. We have sponsors for some of the main components such as the battery and motor, but most other costs are paid from one government salary and one graduate student stipend. We have to be very innovative to keep the cost down to a level we can afford.
Where can people find out more about you and what you have done?