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EV Drive offers up monster e-Moto-CRF250R for pre-order

If you've been itching for an electric motocross bike with performance to crush competitors, we've got an interesting package for you to check out. EVDrive, the folks responsible for the range-extended drivetrain in the Gitano from Michel Motorsports, have plans to produce what they are calling the e-Moto-CRF250R. This will be a much-improved 2nd-generation of the motocross machine (pictured above) that we checked out a while back.

As the name suggests, this is an electric conversion that uses the highly capable Honda CRF250R as a starting point. The Japanese engine and transmission is replaced by a clean and quiet drivetrain consisting of a custom, liquid-cooled controller and 60-kW (80-horsepower) brushless motor built around a stator from Remy of their own design. The combo should be good for 50 hp at the back wheel and enable it to hit 70 miles per hour. Though the exact chemistry and configuration of the battery pack has yet to be finalized, it will be 2.4 kWh at minimum.

Run times should last about 50-110 minutes depending on hard you're flogging it and the type of terrain you're on. It comes with a 110-volt charger but if you have a need for speed, the company offers an optional 3-kW charger that can top off the battery in an hour or less. To help extend the range somewhat, it does comes with on-the-fly adjustable brake regeneration. Interestingly, it keeps the standard foot-controlled disc brake, with the motor regen activated by the left-hand lever that would usually operate a clutch.

The e-Moto-CRF250R should handle quite similarly to the gas-powered version as the weight and distribution has been kept very close to original, while the performance is said to be equal or better. It will definitely be quieter and require a lot less of the expensive, pain-in-the-butt maintenance typical of this class of motocrosser. EVDrive is now taking (refundable) $100 deposits and plans to trigger production of the first 50 units in the 1st quarter of 2012 with bikes reaching customers in time for summer. Asking price for the first lot is a wholesale-level $13,700 each, though you can save a couple grand if you supply the proper chassis. Expect to pay more if you put off purchase until the next batch is built. You can check out all the details on their website.

We look forward to seeing video of the final prototype in full flight, but until that's ready we'll have to make due with the footage of the original bike, which you can see in action after the jump.

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