As the future of motocross has become more and more questionable, EMX Powertrain acknowledges the need for change. If motocross is to continue to have a place in our lives, it will have to conform to environmental regulations. The obvious solution to this is going electric.
However, while making motocross future-proof, it should still be motocross. EMX Powertrain faced this incredible challenge head-on!
With his engineering company Elmar Dohms started the first steps to develop an electric motocross bike for competitive racing in 2018. In 2019 Dohms Projecten and ELEO Technologies formed a technical collaboration, project EMX Powertrain, and with the support of Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. and the Royal Dutch Motorcyclists Association (KNMV), they tested the EMX Pro, its first prototype and launched it in April 2021. The primary objective of EMX Powertrain was to explore the opportunities for developing an electric alternative to a motocross bike with similar competitive qualities as its existing equivalent.
EMX Powertrain transitioned into an independent company, manufacturer of electric motocross bikes, in 2021 and has an enthusiastic and dedicated team consisting of mostly motocross and enduro riders. EMX HQ is at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, in the heart of the automotive and battery technology center of the Netherlands.
In testing the EMX Pro left great impressions on its professional test riders and proved itself as a promising foundation for the development of electric dirt bikes. Aided by new perspectives and the extensive experience of its test riders, EMX Powertrain completed development of the XF30, which became available as limited edition for pre-ordering in May 2022 and will hit the ground in Q2 2023.
Elmar Dohms: “I have experienced how motocross sport has developed in the Netherlands and Europe and has become a topic of discussion on account of noise and CO2 emissions. Noise is an immediate threat and has forced several MX tracks to close their doors. Changes are going on in terms of noise and environmental constraints which are limiting the suitability of conventional bikes, which is a worldwide issue. An electric motocross bike that produces no noise makes practicing motocross easier.”