Our team has designed and built a one-wheeled electric motorcycle designed to be capable of reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph. We're not an official Duke team or organization; we're a group of friends who don't have a garage, established funding sources, or dedicated tools like most motorsports teams. We've built this vehicle just about from the ground up.
During the summer of 2018, I was hanging out with a friend helping him clean up one in one of his labs; on his computer, I saw a window pulled up with a picture of a monowheel. “What’s that?” I asked. After explaining that he had been looking at cool science-fiction style vehicles out of curiosity, I said “let’s build one.” That’s how EV360 was born.
Our team consists of Fran Romano, documentarian, Kristine Stanners, Event Planning, Logistics, and Publicity, and four mechanical engineering students: Ahmed Ahmed-Fouad, Carlo Lindner, Jolán von Plutzner, Anuj Thakkar. The team was founded by Anuj Thakkar and Logan Fettes.
The monowheel consists of a series of different physical structures and systems that draw attention. These broad structures and systems are called out, but detailed analysis is not yet provided as the team continues to iterate, design, and refine the vehicle.
The powertrain consists of the following:
15 hp DC Brushed Motor:
8″ Custom U-Groove Drive Roller & Ratcheting Freewheel Clutch:
Chain & Sprockets:
Chain Tensioning Mechanism:
Alltrax 500A Programmable Motor Controller:
15 hp (31hp peak) Brushed DC Motor:
Handle & Seat
Safety (Structures / Materials)
Frame & Wheel
Models & Simulations
Fabrication Techniques + Methods Used
APPLE: During the early design process, Apple featured the monowheel in a commercial based around the application of their technologies in an educational setting.
RUBENSTEIN ARTS CENTER: After a public display of the monowheel at the Rubenstein Arts Center (Ruby), the Ruby featured the monowheel on the cover of future printed content.
INNOVATION CO-LAB: After the vehicle’s first public display, Duke University’s Innovation Co-Lab made the vehicle the centerpiece for visitors touring the facility.