Electric motorcycle maker Brammo Motorsports took a hit over the weekend – a fire at its Ashland, OR, facility caused more than $200,000 in damage. Thankfully, this incident won't slow down business, according to the company's director of marketing, Adrian Stewart, who added that the fire had no impact on Brammo's production or distribution process.

The fire took place in Brammo's research lab, which was separated from the rest of the headquarters building. An emergency sprinkler system kicked in and nearly put out the fire. By the time firefighters showed up, there was only light smoke left for them to contain. Most of the damage in the lab was water damage, Stewart said.

The fire started up when a group of batteries caught fire, according to NewsWatch 12. Brammo uses lithium batteries in its e-bikes. This could more bad news about lithium battery pack safety; the Mitsubishi Outlander, Boeing Dreamliner, Chevrolet Spark EV and Chevrolet Volt have all been through the publicity wringer with fire-related problems.

The Translogic team had a much better experience with Brammo this pasts spring during a visit to the Ashland plant. They rode the Brammo Empulse R electric bike, which can go 100+ miles per hour and has a range of 121 miles. Its six-speed transmission offers powerful acceleration and an impressive top speed, according to Translogic.


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      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      All stored energy carries a risk if that energy is released in an accident. That is true of batteries for EV's, or oil for gas cars. Speaking of which, tankers full of crude oil just blew up a small town in Canada. 80 people missing. Entire blocks destroyed. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/train-carrying-oil-explodes-in-quebec-town/story-fni0xqll-1226675420226
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nobody ever plans to have a lab fire, but testing quite often gets done in the labs and there is always risk associated with that. Its quite possible there was an error in the testing software that put the batteries in an unintended unsafe state. Overcharge, over discharge, or over temperature could lead to a fire in some cases depending on the chemistry they were playing with. As 2WM said, thanks for spreading misinformation and BATTERY FIRE LAWALLLAAAL!!!! fear.
        Jim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HVH20
        Exactly. Part of the procedure for testing something is often to test it to the point of failure. This story means very little with regards to everyday use, unless some specific data indicates otherwise.
          Actionable Mango
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim
          They weren't prepared to handle the fire, so I wouldn't assume that they were purposely testing it to the point of failure.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one hot bike. Even hotter now! Sorry 2wM, couldn't help that one. Some not so funny holiday humor. It's a lab test you dirty rotten scoundrels! Good enough.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      On a more positive note and electric motorbike has beaten all comers including 1200cc ICE bikes to win Pike's Peak! http://www.plugincars.com/historic-wins-electric-vehicles-2013-pikes-peak-hill-climb-127651.html If that is not the sign of a new day dawning I don't know what is.
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as these battery fires keep happening in laboratory and testing environments, where the batteries are intentionally pushed past their limits, I don't think it reflects negatively on the Li-Ion technology. Have there been any instances where a battery has caught fire while in actual everyday use?
      • 1 Year Ago
      are they EVER going to put out their dirt bike?!!
      linjuhy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lunettes de soleil Oakley Nike Requin Tn http://www.whlkey.com
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      You guys are a holes and are trolling your audience for ad hits, plain and simple. 3 of the lithium battery events you mentioned happened in a lab, not in the real world. It is you that is trumping up the fear of lithium batteries. You didn't even report the Nissan Leaf battery that survived a massive fire ( not caused by the car ), or the ones that survived the big Tsunami in Japan. You didn't bother reporting the Chevy volt that crashed with an Accord head on - left the people in the Accord dead and the Volt owners walked away and there was no fire. Why do i even bother reading this site anymore?
        Cheetahjab
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Ahh gp aka Dan. You have to be the most misinformed person to claim how intelligent they are , that I've ever had the displeasure of reading your ramblings
          Thereminator
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cheetahjab
          Crystal Meth is a hell of a drug...gotta get out of moms basement! : )
          realrambo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cheetahjab
          Cheap beer does wonder or not ......
        Thereminator
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yeah Menace...how could your judgement equal GP's when he Never overreacts and presents such accurate unbiased arguments...........NOT!!! : )
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        2WM, you have a tendency to overreact. Your assessment is quite misplaced. Just because I have the judgment to level scathing criticism at some it doesn't mean you can do it with similar ease. The article could be slightly better worded but no major offense here. They could say it's a bit more bad news for lithium although there is no real problem so it shouldn't be bad news. But it is actually true that such events hurt the public perception. Many people judge all lithium the same because they don't know any better and as a result it has become harder to ship batteries.
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