Thursday, 15 July 2010
Brammo Empulse: 100miles@100mph on Electric Motorcycle
Brammo has been impressing with their electric motorcycle range and since they first released the Enertia and then decided to ride two of these electric motorcycles along the route of the automotive CEOs who went to Washington DC asking for government loans. Now they have raised the bar for all the other electric motorcycle manufactures, which have just tweaked their new releases from previous models, and the only big name in the field is Yamaha who have promised an electric motorcycle for next year. Brammo has left them all wanting with the announcement of a new range of 3 motorcycles which look set to put electric motorcycle on the map.
The new Empulse range will come in 3 models, the 6.0 with be capable of approx 60 miles, the 8.0 approx 80 miles and the 10.0 some 100 miles, all at speeds of approx 100mph! Not bad at all, especially since the average motorcyclist covers 30 miles a ride so these bikes will be more then capable of hauling commuters home and back again. The prices are expected to be $9,995 (6.0), $11,995 (8.0) and $13,995 (10.0) and if those prices are not reasonable enough, if you include the Federal incentives in some states you can get a 10.0 for as little as $7,000. Not bad, plus the savings from running costs over the life of the bike, for the average commuter you just can not get much better.
I love that this is just their second generation of electric motorcycle, what they have in the plan to shock us with next over the years I am really looking forward to, for the time being I can not wait to see one of these in the flesh when they go on sale next summer. Below is the official press release from Brammo.
Brammo announces the Empulse - a trio of electric motorcycles capable of 100mph+, 100 miles on a single charge, with prices starting at $9995
Ashland, Oregon – July 7th, 2010. Brammo, Inc. announced today it will begin production of an electric sportbike, calling it the "Empulse." It demonstrated a pre-production prototype today and all three production models of the Empulse will be capable of sustaining 100 mph. The three models will have different battery capacities, all utilizing an innovative proprietary array, the Brammo Power™ battery and vehicle management system. The Empulse is available for immediate order and deliveries will commence in 2011.
Craig Bramscher, Founder and CEO of Brammo said "motorcycle riders have been requesting increased speed and range and I am proud and delighted to reveal these game changing Brammo electric motorcycles. Our customers expect Brammo to design and produce the world's most exciting (and affordable) electric motorcycles and that's exactly what we have done." Bramscher continued, "today's announcement promises no more range anxiety for Brammo customers."
The Empulse Trio
All three models of the Empulse will be freeway capable and will enjoy a top speed in excess of 100mph. Each of the three models will offer customers a different average range from a single charge. The Empulse 6.0 is capable of 60 miles average range , the Empulse 8.0 is capable of 80 miles average range and the top of the line Empulse 10.0 is capable of a travelling 100 miles on a single charge. Range of all three models can be extended by travelling at lower speeds.
Estimated MSRP for the Empulse trio when deliveries start next year are; Empulse 6.0 $9,995, Empulse 8.0 $11,995 and Empluse One Hundred $13995. All three models will be eligible for Federal and State tax incentives. For example, the Empulse 10.0 may cost as little as $7000 in certain states after Federal and State incentives.
Todays announcement sees the first application of Brammo's innovative electric powertrain system including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management system. Brammo's breakthrough in price/energy density is at the heart of today's announcement and is unequalled in the electric vehicle industry. The Empulse is also the world's first production electric motorcycle to have a water cooled motor.
Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo and designer of the Empulse said,
"The Empulse reveals the significant price performance that we can deliver using Brammo Power™ technology. Just like it did with the Enertia Powercycle, Brammo has again raised the bar in terms of electrical drivetrain innovation and time to market."
Customers can place their order for an Empulse by visiting the Brammo website www.brammo.com . Deliveries are expected to commence in mid-2011 and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Customers placing an order will receive a production number and will be expected to pay a fully refundable $99 deposit once their motorcycle is within 90 days of delivery. The Brammo range of motorcycles will be available globally through select motorcycle dealerships and participating Best Buy stores.
Brammo is expanding its dealership network both within the USA and in Europe and Asia. Organizations interested in selling and servicing the Brammo range of motorcycles, which includes the award winning Enertia, can register their interest by visiting www.brammo.com/dealerapplication
Adrian Stewart, director of Sales and Marketing at Brammo said "We are always looking for individuals and organizations that want to enter into a long term business partnership with Brammo to sell and service our range of electric vehicles. JCAM ,our distributor/dealer in Hong Kong and Singapore is an excellent example of such an organization. "
Forged in the Heat of Competition
Brammo Power™ technology employed in the Empulse is race proven in the Brammo Empulse RR race bike. You can see the Empulse RR in action at the 2010 Red Bull Grand Prix Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca. Brammo will race the Empulse RR in the FIM e-Power series which will see 15 electric motorcycle teams from around the world compete on this demanding circuit.
Meet the Empulse
Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher will be unveiling the Empulse at the 2010 Red Bull Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on Saturday July 24th 2010.
Later this year the Empulse will be on display at EICMA in Milan, Italy and at the Macau Grand Prix in China.
Brammo Inc is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the award winning Brammo Enertia motorcycle. Brammo is also an OEM supplier of innovative electric drivetrain systems including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia.