The first electric motorcycle that promises to deliver near the performance of traditional sport bikes was unveiled in Hollywood, in front of 2000 folks who had pre-ordered the bike.
The Brammo Empulse is designed to be “the first viable motorcycle that just happens to be electric,” said Brammo Chief Executive Craig Bramscher, whose team started working on the bike in 2010.
The company, based in Ashland, Ore., said the Empulse is capable of going at least 100 mph and as far as 121 miles per charge in city riding.
It carries a 9.3-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack and liquid-cooled motor. In the spot where gas-powered motorcycles put the fuel tank, the Empulse has a carbon fiber shell that houses the same J1772 charging port used on modern electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf.
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Electric motorcycle has Hollywood debut
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