• Sep 17th 2009 at 7:59AM
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Following custom motorcycles that run on ethanol, compressed natural gas and electricity, Orange County Choppers has signed a deal with Schneider Electric to produce the Toyota Prius of choppers. That's right, OCC is completing the eco-friendly circle by going hybrid. The stated goal is to build a motorcycle "capable of traveling farther, without refueling or recharging, than any other OCC bike in history," said Paul Teutul, Sr. in a statement. We can't imagine that would be all that difficult, but whatever.

Schneider Electric, which acquired the popular uninterruptible power supply maker American Power Conversion (APC) in 2007, will provide the technical know-how and componentry to make all the assorted hybrid bits function properly. We can't really be sure until the bike is unveiled, but it sounds like this motorcycle will sport a parallel hybrid powertrain similar in principle to that of the popular Prius hatchback.

Expect the bike to make its television debut sometime in 2010 on a future episode of American Chopper. Sometime before the end of 2009, selected Schneider Electric contractor partners will get sneak peeks at the hybrid chopper and eight of them will get their very own OCC production motorcycles. Click past the break for a short video that doesn't actually show the bike along with the official press release.

[Source: Schneider Electric]


Schneider Electric Challenges Orange County Choppers to Build Their First Hybrid Motorcycle

SEATTLE, WA -- 09/14/09 -- 2009 NECA (Booth #600 and #305) -- Schneider Electric announced today it will partner with custom motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers (OCC) to design and build the first hybrid motorcycle in OCC history. Designed through a collaboration of Schneider Electric employees and the OCC design team, the Schneider Electric custom chopper will exemplify the company's efforts to make energy solutions safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green. To kick-off this partnership, Orange County Choppers founder, Paul Teutul, Sr. will be at Booth #600 at the 2009 NECA Show on Monday, September 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

"Schneider Electric is challenging Orange County Choppers to build a custom motorcycle that will support our company mission of helping people make the most of their energy," said Amelia Huntington, President, Schneider Electric U.S. "This hybrid motorcycle will employ a built-in intelligent energy management system that will allow it to be more efficient and productive by considering multiple variables to select the best energy source available. Schneider Electric employs the same management methodology to help our customers do more while using less energy in buildings, data centers, industry and residential markets. As one of the premier builders of custom motorcycles, Orange County Choppers will bring an unprecedented level of expertise and creativity to showcasing our mission through their design."

"The goal is that the Schneider Electric hybrid chopper will be capable of traveling farther, without refueling or recharging, than any other OCC bike in history," said Paul Teutul, Sr., founder, Orange County Choppers. "The ability to help design and build a hybrid motorcycle of this caliber is a unique opportunity and our team is up to the challenge."

Once the Schneider Electric custom motorcycle is complete, Schneider Electric, along with Paul Teutul, Sr., will kick-off a road show that will give Schneider Electric electrical contractor partners a sneak preview of the theme bike before the scheduled American Chopper episode airs on TLC in 2010. Schneider Electric is committed to empowering electrical contracting firms so they better understand emerging trends like energy management and sustainability, and are best equipped to strategically address them in their marketplace.

In addition, APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, will be giving away Orange County Choppers production bikes to eight electrical contracting firms in the United States and Canada. The promotion is designed to provide the electrical contractor firms with additional information regarding the integration of Schneider Electric and APC solutions to help develop and expand their businesses. Full details of the promotion will be revealed during the Schneider Electric theme bike roadshow later this year.

For more information on Schneider Electric and to take the Schneider Electric Market Virtual Tour of Energy Efficiency Solutions please visit Booth #305 or www.schneider-electric.com. For more information on APC please visit www.apc.com or call 800-877-4080.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 114,000 employees achieved sales of more than 18.3 billion euros in 2008, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations "Make the most of their energy(TM)."


About APC by Schneider Electric

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications. In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2008 revenue of EUR 2,6 billion (including APC-MGE sales of $3.7 billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruXure® architecture, the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric, with 114,000 employees and operations in 100 countries, achieved sales of EUR 18,3 billion in 2008. All trademarks are the property of their owners. www.apc.com

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      They might as well shut everything down, go home and eat donuts in front of the TV, the biker universe it's nothing about being green and stuff like that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      gimmick of the century
      • 6 Years Ago
      Com'on, we all know this is just a SHOW...like all the other made for TV, TV shows. They have a director, producer, etc., and a standard plot. Sr. shows up in the middle of every build, gets angry, throws some stuff and goes back to his office to sulk. In the end the bike gets built and everyone pats each other on the back. Same every week. It's all a big put on in an attempt to make it interesting.

      As the chopper market heads south along with the rest of the big bike market the producers have to find new things that will spark the viewer's interest. Hence the eco-bike; just trying to keep interest in the show.

      Sr. did not get this far by being stupid. Once in a while the show brings out a "ringer." Notice that? A clean-cut guy comes out and is introduced as the "production manager" or accountant or somesuch. Then a few weeks later a little bomb is dropped, like, "We produce 20-30 bikes a month." Notice the other guys in the background working on bikes? Then still later, "Our average bike sells for $40K (or whatever)." Do the math. This is a big business and given the market, they are trying to keep it alive. TV money is huge.

      Wasn't long ago seems every town had someone making choppers. There was a year (or longer) wait for a new Harley. Those days are gone and the very small market for choppers and "big bikes" is full. Let's hope Harley didn't do what so many chopper builders did - overexpand and under capitalize. If they did, they are toast. OCC is just trying to maintain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Publicity stunt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who still watches this show?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are these guys still around?
        • 6 Years Ago
        In episode 2, they will be jumping an electric shark.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Four Horsemen are whipping the slaves at the shop.

        You guys really suck. Show blows. Have a nice trip down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this seem TOO STRANGE!!

      A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY in business of designing "CHOPPERS" making a bike that is the exact opposite of EVERYTHING a CHOPPER is about????

      Vince was the only smart one of the bunch getting out before he went as NUTS as the rest of them.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I haven't watched the show in ages (it got tiresome and TOTALLY predictible). But didn't Jr get fired and leave the show to build his own bikes?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Junior is now designing a line of grilles. Yes, grilles.

        Don't ask me, I simply say WTF and change the channel.

        Vin & Cody rule!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. I guess it is possible to jump the shark twice. I stopped watching that show in '06 (along with most of the rest of TLC) and haven't looked back since. I wasn't even aware new episodes were still being produced.
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