Electric motorcycle becomes a reality

From early next year a practical, useable electric motorcycle – with decent performance and range – is set to go into production in America.

The Enertia is a purpose-made electric bike, officially revealed today (Tuesday July 10), and due to go on sale in America in the first quarter of 2008.

Designed and built by Brammo Motorsports in Ashland, Oregon, the Enertia isn’t simply a conventional bike packed with batteries instead of an engine, but a carbon-fibre-framed, lightweight commuter vehicle designed from the ground-up to be electric.

With a top speed of over 50mph and a range of 45 miles on a three-hour charge, it’s designed to be a viable alternative to a small-capacity conventional commuter bike. Weighing just 125kg and powered by six lithium-phosphate batteries, a limited-production version will be available in early 2008 at $14,995 (£7435), and a full production version is set to be offered before the end of next year at $11,995 (£5950).

Initially available only in America, the bike could also be sold in the UK if a suitable importer is found.



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Ben Purvis

By Ben Purvis