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Brammo Price Drop. Now $7,995

Brammo Price Drop. Now $7,995

Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle

Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle

Ashland, Oregon – November 10, 2009 – BRAMMO, maker of plug-in electric motorcycles, announced today it is dropping the price of the all-electric BRAMMO Enertia powercycle, to $7,995.  Customers are also eligible for a 10% federal income tax credit, further reducing the price to $7,195.

“While this pricing breakthrough is innovative in transportation, it is in line with consumer electronics, where engineering and production advances get passed on to customers as quickly as possible to stimulate adoption of the technology,” stated Craig Bramscher, founder and CEO of Brammo.  “The Enertia is consumer electronics that you can ride and BRAMMO’s engineers are able to deliver a better value proposition to customers sooner than a traditional transportation company.”

Today, qualified customers can walk into select Best Buy stores and with a $2,000 down payment, ride out on an Enertia for $249 a month with 24-month no interest with payments financing offered through Best Buy.  The Enertia can also be purchased direct from www.BRAMMO.com in select states where the product is not yet available at a Best Buy.

The BRAMMO Enertia powercycle is the ideal commuter vehicle as it blends an exhilarating ride experience with environmental consciousness and low operating costs. The Enertia has a top speed of over 60 mph, has a range of 42 miles and charges in about four hours by plugging into a standard wall outlet—all while using less than a dollar in electricity per 100 miles ridden.

“With this price reduction Brammo has positioned electric vehicles for the mass market and consumers can now be part of a solution to the transportation crises that America is facing,” said Bramscher.  “The wait is over, consumers can now buy an EV that is price competitive with a gas burning alternative and enjoy reduced maintenance and substantially lower ownership costs.”

Fans and media can follow Brammo on Twitter @BrammoSays and on its Facebook fan page, Brammo Powercycles

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Zero S and Brammo Enertia Hit the Streets

Zero S and Brammo Enertia Hit the Streets

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Portland, Oregon — The Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle officially went on sale at a Best Buy store in Portland, Oregon on July 12, 2009, and the Zero S Electric Motorcycle is shortly to be available as well.

The Zero S is easy to handle and comparable to a 250cc. It weighs 225 pounds, and 80 pounds of that is the battery. The suspension because is solid. “Its configuration is what’s called a supermoto style. It’s got very long travel suspension, and our idea there is for an urban motorcycle you may need to climb stairs or jump curbs. It’s got the kind of suspension that can handle that kind of rough riding,” says Zero’s CEO Gene Banman.

The zero-emission, electric motorcycle charges off of a 110V plug for four hours, or about 50 miles of driving. “This type of battery loves being topped off. There’s no memory in the battery so the more you keep it charged the better.” points out Banman.

According to Zero’s CEO: “The advantages of electric: You don’t have oil changes or tune ups–basically no service required on the drive train at all. It’s very inexpensive to run, about a penny a mile. And the motor and the battery last the life of the motorcycle. So we think having multiple players in the market is good for everybody. Their bike is built to a different configuration than ours so it’ll appeal to a different kind of customer.”

The Zero S sells for $9,950 with a 10% tax credit, which brings the price to about $8,950. It can be ordered directly from the Zero S Web site or by phone, with a shipping charge of $500. Visit a local representative to take the S for a test drive before purchase.

Source: Fast Company

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Brammo Enertia Taken For Test Ride

Brammo Enertia Taken For Test Ride

Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle

Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle

New York, New York — The Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle recently made its debut in New York City. Much fanfare was given – it was showcased in The New York Times’s Automobiles section on Sunday. There was also a segment on “Good Morning America,” and on Fox Business News.

Daniel McDermon/The New York Times The Brammo Enertia at a media event on Tuesday in Manhattan.

The bike, has carbon fiber extruded aluminum monocoque chassis, and thus feels very light. It weights 280 pounds, and test-riders have commented that it feels more like a midsize dirt bike than a street motorcycle. To compare, Honda’s dual-purpose CRF230L, weighs 267 pounds with a full tank, while the 234-cc Honda Rebel, one of the lightest street-only bikes available, is 331 pounds.

Never fear, the riding position on the Enertia is standard. Controls are arranged in the basic layout, with right-hand throttle and front brake lever. There is no clutch or transmission, so are no controls on the left side.

Test riders reported that the turning radius is wider than expected, “which could make parking and maneuvering in close quarters a bit tricky.”

Test riders also felt that the initial performance was less explosive than some electric-powered vehicles. They felt the bike lacked the “showy, emphatic thrust” of a high-powered street bike. A Brammo spokesman compared the bike’s power output (18 horsepower and 28 pound-feet of torque) to that of a 250-cc gasoline-powered bike.

The retail price of the bike is $11,995.

The top speed is estimated at 55 miles an hour, so the Enertia “straddles the line” between scooter and motorcycle performance.

The current company plan is to sell the bikes through Best Buy.

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Brammo E-motorcycles

Brammo E-motorcycles

Brammo Enertia Front

Brammo Enertia Front

At the current moment, there are a couple of things mitigating against electric motorcycles. The main thing is their limited range. They can go only as far on one electric charge. However, since most motorcyclists do not ride very far from home, this is not a real concern.

Brammo soon will release the Enertia electric motorcycle.

John Farris is Brammo’s Director of Marketing.  He used to be GM’s Brand Marketing Director for the Chevy Silverado pickup truck and founder of Hardcard Holdings, a marketing consultancy who has worked with Toyota, Harley Davidson, and Red Bull among others.

In addition, Adrian Stewart joins Brammo as Director of Channel Devolopment. His experience with IBM and other high-tech firms is expected to help the brand expand.

Robert Gerson will be the new Electrical Engineering Manager. He had previously worked  with iRobot and Brooks Automation, among others.

The Brammo has a range of 45 miles.  It can reach 30 mph in under 4 seconds.

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Brammo Prepares for Electric Bike Production

Brammo Prepares for Electric Bike Production

 

Brammo Prepares for production of the Enertia electric bike

Brammo Prepares for production of the Enertia electric bike

Brammo is preparing for production of its Enertia electric motorcycle with plans to move into it’s new 40,000-square-foot production plant. Brammo will more than double it’s workforce from 28 to 50 as they begin assembly. The bikes will come off the assembly line at a cost of about $15,000 at first and could drop to $12,000 for later models.

Brammo is hoping buyers of the electric bike will qualify for the new tax credits including $1,250 and $4,000 depending on the battery size. Pre-orders are still high despite the lower fuel prices, this coupled with the possible tax credits and a more efficient production plant mean Brammo could be a success story of 2009.

The Enertia represents what’s achievable with the beauty of modern technology and some pretty smart engineers, rather than a blue sky promise based on technologies that are years off in the future. The Enertia benefits from an ultra light, ultra stiff carbon fiber monocoque chassis that doubles as the motorcycle’s battery “carriage” and an elegantly simple electric drivetrain that keeps maintenance at an absolute minimum

With a low moment of inertia and agressive rake angle, this motorcycle handles like a dream and has an affinity for changing direction. Couple that with the smooth, efficient power delivery from the electric drivetrain, and you’ve got a recipe for excitement. With 100% of it’s torque available from 0 rpm, the Enertia is certainly no slouch off the line. At it’s quickest setting, the Enertia will sprint from 0 to 30 mph in 3.8 seconds!

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