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Michael Czysz at the FIM e-Power International Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Michael Czysz at the FIM e-Power International Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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MotoCzysz E1pc – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Germany's "new motorcycle" – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Have you ever stumbled across a product you liked so much that you became something of a fanboy/girl, even though you couldn't quite justify getting one for yourself? Such is the predicament Harry Mallin found himself in after stumbling upon the Brammo Enertia on the internet one day.

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Shawn Higbee wins TTXGP North America Infineon Raceway round for Team Zero Agni – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Say you're in the market for an electric motorcycle but you don't like the modern styling of a Zero S or a Brammo Enertia. Or maybe you do, but some jerk who works in your office already has one. Well, now you can get a modern electric bike that looks like anything but. Check out custom bike designer James Hammarhead's cafe racer-inspired Volta 102.

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Outside of SCCA or a weekend racing school, us working stiffs never get the chance to get on the track and let it all hang out for guts and glory. Well, John Wild and Sean Ewing aren't satisfied with amateur track days. They're entering the TTXGP electric motorcycle grand prix.

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Hammarhead Volta – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Brammo Enertia - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Zero Motorcycles DS – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Brammo Enertia and TTR race bike – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Mission Motors Mission One – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Comoto electric bike – Click above for high-res image gallery

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It seems that the promise of recognition through electric motorcycle racing is bringing an increasing number of unlikely competitors to the racing fray. Add newly-born American motorcycle manufacturer Roehr to that growing list as the company has just announced its intentions to offer both racing and street versions of the eRoehr electric motorcycle.

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It seems that the promise of recognition through electric motorcycle racing is bringing out an increasing number of unlikely competitors to the racing fray. Add newly-born American motorcycle manufacturer Roehr to that growing list as the company has just announced its intentions to offer both racing and street versions of the eRoehr electric motorcycle.

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Take note, Zero Motorcycles and Quantya: There's a new electric motorcycle in town. California-based Electric Moto Corporation (aka EMOT) has announced a new motorcycle called the EMAX 72DS. As hinted to by the bike's name, this electric two-wheeler will be running a 14 kW, 72-volt battery pack that will provide a claimed three-hour run time. Further, the DS signifies that the bike will be a dual sport that's both off-road capable and road legal.

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Ask just about anyone who follows the green automotive industry what's holding back electric cars and you'll likely get the same answer: It's the batteries. Though today's lithium ion packs are orders of magnitude better than the lead acid units of a few decades ago, these advanced power packs still can't hold a candle to the available energy of a full tank of gasoline.

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