• Dec 22nd 2007 at 8:17PM
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The bike I rode is just a prototype, with carbon-fiber panels and a bunch of guys standing around when watching. What will you get for your $11,995 when the bike is ready for sale next year? Well, the production panels will be aluminum, for one thing (except on the initial 99 bikes), and Brammo might swap the reliable chain out for a quieter belt. All Enertias will have lithium iron phosphate batteries from Valence, but you might be able to upgrade these in the future when technology changes. The bike will also have a WiFi port to communicate with your account on the Brammo website. From there, you can download upgrades, upload where you rode the bike (it has a GPS chip) and calculate how much CO2 you've saved (compared to a car, for example)

The day before my ride, I interviewed Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher on the EVS expo floor (see video below). He said that the reason for making an all-electric motorcycle is that that's what the technology can handle today. Cars, he said, are still a few years off. "If you can ride a bicycle, you can ride this motorcycle," he told me. I can vouch for that, and it's a sweet, sweet upgrade.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This “motorcycle” is more of a man’s design (it needs to carry 2) whereas the Vetrix “scooter” (as good as the design is) seems to be styled for women or gay Europeans.

      Different strokes for different folks! Anyway, we are still in the early phases of the global battery initiative and the march towards transportation electrification so these products (and many more like them to come) will only get better as time marches on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is the nice option for in city transport but bikers they never like to use this electric bike because of very low speed. I will buy this for my in city transport i think this is not bad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's sad that they have capped the speed at 53 mph. Even in Los Angeles I need to get on the freeway and need to go 65 mph. This looks like a motorcycle, but I think it is likely closer to a scooter in the drivetrain dept. (no transmission, etc.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would have pre-ordered an Enertia already, but $12k or $15k is quite a lot for a bike that could only handle my commute. It's a fair price for a limited-production motorcyle otherwise.

      Electric motorcycles may lag behind electric cars because a motorcycle has much less available weight and volume for the battery pack (one reason Vectrix built a big maxi-scooter instead). When batteries reach four or five times the energy density of current lithium-phosphate cells, then electric motorcycles should have enough performance to satisfy most everyday motorcyclists (i.e. around 100mi range at highway speeds). Until then, it will be hard for Brammo and others to find a market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am very excited to see the Brammo hit the roads toward the end of this year. Not only is it attractive, but clearly it'll be a great alternative as gas prices keep increasing and as people start decreasing the size of their vehicles. If anyone has had a chance to ride one, here's a site about green products where you can write a review of the Brammo: http://greenhome.huddler.com/products/brammo-enertia-electric-moto
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great piece, Sebastian. I was worried you missed these guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...Such a cool bike. I can never seen this type bike in the Auto market. I hope this bike will be great market in the auto world. http://www.royal-car.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      This brammo enertia electric motorcycle looks cool.It's look is quite unique,never seen such a different look for a bike.Fabulous to see such trendy bikes entering in market. Regards, Jeniffer http://www.indianrides.com/suzuki-skydrive-125-in-india-family-chariot.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Re: comment 2 from Tim.

      Gay Europeans? Do you even know where Europe is? Over 60% of Americans have no idea of geography outside the USA, and don't have a passport. The EU pays 3.5 times what the US pays for fuel, has shorter commutes, smaller roads, more congestion, and stronger exchange rate. Surely a better market for EVs?

      Try not to display your ignorance with remarks like this Tim. It makes all Americans sound stupid, but I am sure you are not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Price? Shipping?

      John Bennett
      Portland OR
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